Breguet Classique Tourbillon Quantième Perpétuel Skeleton reference 3795 in pink gold (3797BR/1E/9WU). Powered by the Calibre 588QP2 manual-winding movement with 50 hours of power reserve. Indicative pricing: SGD345,700 (Singapore dollars) / MYR773,500 (Malaysian Ringgit). The information provided on the dial of this perpetual calendar watch tells us that it is a non leap-year (year 2) and the time is 9.44 on 1 April which is a Tuesday. Photo: © TANG Portfolio. Elfa / Timmy. BaselWorld 2014
The Classique Tourbillon Quantième Perpétuel Skeleton reference 3795 is the skeletonised version of its sibling, the Breguet reference 3797.
Similar to the reference 3797, the Calibre 588QP2 manual-winding movement is used in the reference 3795. All functions and displays are therefore the same, including the snail cam that drives the instantaneous day change.
What is vastly different though, is the beauty factor. The openworked process has led to a more three-dimensional perpetual calendar watch.
In high horology, a skeletonised movement means that it has undergone the openworking process whereby as much material is removed as possible which results in thin bridges for example. Even the bridges are engraved and decorated. Try spotting the engraved text and numerals: “Breguet No. 7988”. Photo: © TANG Portfolio. Elfa / Timmy. BaselWorld 2014
One feature we found interesting is the leap year indication whereby a wheel with what the brand describes as a “blue sun” is used to indicate the years.
The leap year indication and the month display is at the 3 o’clock position. It is obvious that the blued steel hand is pointing to April but what about the leap year? The leap year is represented by the letter “B” which most likely stands for Breguet. What the folks at Breguet have done is to use a revolving wheel, which by the way, makes one rotation every four years, with a blue sun (partially hidden by the sapphire chapter ring disc and above the numeral “2”) to indicate the years. In the example shown above, it is year “2”, a non leap year. Photo: © TANG Portfolio
We especially enjoyed the engraving and decorative work on the movement bridges as viewed from the rear of the reference 3795. This is what we define as a three-dimensional beauty.
The view from the rear of the skeletonised Breguet reference 3795. Note the engravings and decorative style on the bridges. Photo: © TANG Portfolio. Elfa / Timmy. BaselWorld 2014