During his visit, Simeoni was also acquainted with the Breguet techniques – particularly with the process of making a mechanical watch, starting from metal cutting, to high-precision machining of components, as well as the hand-decoration process, assembly and testing.
‘I was impressed to find here at Breguet Manufacture a combination of high precision equipment and two-century-old techniques,’ he revealed. The foundation’s president then went on to test his own skills at decorating a watch dial with a guilloche pattern, one of the Breguet signatures.
This is a technique that dates back to its founder, Abraham-Louis Breguet, who was the first to introduce guilloche carving into watch dials. Today, Manufacture Breguet restores and manufactures its own guilloche machines and trains artisans practicing this art.
This partnership is celebrated with a special edition of the Breguet Marine 5517 timepiece. It is set in a light titanium case with a custom blue dial that features the Race for Water vessel in a clous de Paris motif.