In 1801, Breguet patented the tourbillon mechanics - which counteracts the effects of gravity. The escapement and balance wheel are mounted in a rotating cage to prevent gravity from making the watch get stuck in a position. The entire balance wheel continuously rotates to halt any errors.

original-16 BREGUET - a gentleman's Grande Complication Tourbillon wrist watch. Platinum case. Reference 3657, serial 451U. Signed manual wind tourbillon calibre 5601. Silvered guilloché dial, subsidiary dial to twelve with Roman numeral hour markers, twenty-four hour indicator between two and six, power reserve indicator between seven and nine, subsidiary running seconds with exhibition cut out to six. Fitted to a signed black crocodile strap with platinum deployant clasp. 39mm


Today, tourbillons are amongst the most coveted watches by collectors. One of the factors is that they are more accurate than quartz watches. Search realized prices for tourbillon here.

French-Swiss watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet, founded Breguet in Paris in 1775. It is one of the oldest watch-making firms in the world, which is largely due to the innovative and pioneering technologies the company has developed.

original-15 BREGUET - a gentleman's Classique bracelet watch. Stainless steel case with yellow metal bezel. Numbered 43351. Signed automatic movement with quick date set. Silvered dial with Roman numeral hour markers, date aperture to six. Fitted to a signed bi-metal bracelet with double folding clasp. 33mm.

original-14 BREGUET - a gentleman's Classique wrist watch. 18ct white gold case with exhibition case back. Reference 5277, serial 5087BC. Signed manual wind calibre 515DR. Silvered dial with Roman numeral hour markers, power reserve indicator between twelve and three, subsidiary seconds dial to six. Fitted to a signed black alligator strap with 18ct white gold pin buckle. 38mm.

The watches featured are part of Fellows Watch sale on October 31. Check out more here.