On the occasion of the Chinese New Year, Breguet is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with an 8 pieces limited edition timepiece dedicated to women.
This watch, from the Classique collection, showcases a combination of in-house artisanal techniques: the enamel and engraving expertise. The timepiece is an artistic interpretation adorned with 6 rabbits whose beauty gently manifests women’s sense of smartness and nimbleness.
“Rabbit” represents well wishes in China. It is one of the Chinese zodiac signs which is closely associated with symbols of playfulness and smartness.
Breguet has drawn inspiration from the qualities of the rabbits and the manufacture’s artisans have combined it with sophisticated enamel craftsmanship and hand-engraving techniques which bring to life this lively, free spirited creature in a new timepiece in the Classique Collection.
Vividly and exquisitely, the dial depicts a dynamic scene in which 6 rabbits are playing around the greens against the backdrop of fluffy clouds. All the patterns are hand-engraved on an 18-carat white gold dial.
While the central motif is engraved below the surface of the enamel, rabbits are engraved on the enamel and outlined at a maximum height. The engraving of gold applied in watchmaking is a bas-relief technique consisting in sculpting patterns in the extremely small dimensions of a watch.
After sketching designs, the craftsman performs his demanding work using different engraving tools like chisels, while observing the component under the microscope. This is the most delicate step in the process of creation. This is followed by the cleaning and polishing of the work, which reveals its full splendor.