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The goal of this drill is NOT necessarily to encourage an incredibly slow rate breaststroke, but rather a to learn how to get as much as possible out of each stroke.
Why do it:
Determining how few strokes you need to get to the other end requires maximizing propulsion while minimizing resistance... in all phases.
How to do it:
1 - Starting with a great, long, underwater pull, swim lengths of breaststroke taking as few strokes as possible.
2 - Feel the resistance that's created in the recovery phases of the underwater pull, and especially the draw of the legs for the kick.
How to do it really well (the fine points):
Anton and Pavel, have incredible lines at the BACK of their stroke. Don't just focus on the arms and head, but make sure you're pointing your toes to the maximum to limit any resistance loose feet will create at the back of the stroke.