Breguet’s Exemplary New Trio
Including an extremely complicated nod to the house’s maritime history.
All good things come in threes, right? Well, they do today and for Breguet – with the unveiling of three wondrous new timepieces.
Two of the newcomers land from the same ‘Classique’ family – the 7137 and 7337 respectively. The former leans into the house’s spirit of tradition with the use of an engine-turning lathe for circular decorations, and a “straight-line machine” for linear designs. It’s the kind of creativity that separates Breguet from the rest. This latest reference is available in white gold with a ‘Breguet blue’ coloured dial. In the rose gold version, the dial is created using a silver power and a soft brush.
The second piece, the Classique 7337 features circular graind’orge for the edges of the hours and checkerboards for the small seconds. This reference also boasts a moonphase with clouds engraved into the timepiece and a remodelled golden disc depicting the moon itself.
Both references land at a reasonable 39mm and feature the hand-decorated, ultra-thin 502.3 automatic caliber with slight variants and which can be viewed through the sapphire crystal case of both pieces.
The odd one out here is the Marine Tourbillon Equation Marchante 5887 – an incredibly complex piece of artistry that is not only obviously a tourbillon, but also a perpetual calendar and equation of time complication as well.
Noting Breguet’s nautical influences (as the first official watchmaker for the French Navy), there are plenty of cues built into the design. The anchor-shaped seconds hand, guilloche-peaked wave motif in the centre of the dial and a depiction of an ancient flagship, the Royal Louis, carved into the back all pay homage to this history.
The Marine Tourbillon is a self-winding movement that boasts and 80-hour power reserve. The tourbillon itself is derived from the extra-thin, self-winding tourbillon calibre 581, while the perpetual calendar is able to account for all the irregularities of the four-year calendar cycle – 30 or 31 days as well as leap years.
The 43.9mm piece is offered in a rose gold with gold dial coloured in slate grey on a brown alligator leather strap with rose gold triple folding buckle.