When it comes to fine Swiss watchmaking, Breguet ranks up there with the best of them. At the Swatch Group’s Time To Move presentation in Switzerland, it continues to prove its mettle in haute horlogerie with some of the finest timepieces of the year.

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Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Squelette 5395

Undoubtedly the highlight of the new collection, Breguet pushes the limits of ultra-thin movement by removing almost 50% of material from the automatic 581 caliber. To save even more space, the winding rotor is placed at the periphery of the plate. The silicon balance spring is also angled in a way that leaves more room to spare. Last but not least, the tourbillon engages directly with the wheel train instead of an intermediary pinion, resulting in a unique structure for the gravity-cancelling complication.

It was made even more challenging by the fact that the entire movement is made of 18k gold, delicately decorated with Clous de Paris hobnail pattern. The caliber is only 3mm thick, which allows for the rose gold case with a domed glass box to measure a slim 7.7mm.

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Marine Chronographe 5527

Crafted entirely in titanium, including the bracelet, the material offers protection against corrosion from salty air, which is apt considering that the watch is designed for seafaring. Its satin-brushed surface makes a handsome match with the sunburst slate-gray dial in gold.

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Marine Dame 9518

Guillochage usually results in straight lines or circles but the Breguet artists have found a way to manipulate it to create a wavy pattern on the dial. What’s more, it was performed on extremely fragile mother-of-pearl. The process took several months and included the development of special cams for the engine-turning lathes. Impressively, the winding rotor, visible on the caseback, also features the same material and pattern.

This beautiful nautical reference is aptly paired with Roman numerals in the shape of nautical pennants and a seconds hand with a nautical flag tip. The rose gold case glitters with a diamond-set bezel; look closely and you’ll also find that the case side is fluted for a more distinctive look.

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Reine de Naples 8918

Breguet’s signature ladies’ model is more striking than ever in red. The Arabic numerals and leather strap come in this bold shade, and the narrative extends to the cabochon-cut ruby on the crown. A showcase in understated glamour, the oval case is in white gold while the silvered gold dial features an hour-and-minute counter with Clous de Paris hobnail pattern. At ‘6’ is a pear-shaped diamond while the bezel and flange are set with 117 brilliant-cut diamonds.

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