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Tradition 7097

In 2005, the House of Breguet launched the Tradition collection of timepieces distinguished by a unique construction: the movement components are showcased on top of the mainplate. This year the original and remarkable line presents a new design version of the Tradition Automatique Seconde Rétrograde 7097 with a blue colored guilloche dial. This new model will be exclusively available in Breguet boutiques.

This wristwatch, like the rest of the collection, inspired by the subscription watches, recalls the genius of Abraham-Louis Breguet who first invented these one-hand pocket watches in 1796. They were fitted with a special movement of great simplicity and sold by subscription: a down payment of a quarter of the price on order and the rest on delivery. A.-L. Breguet used the movements of his subscription watches to create his first tact watches.

Breguet Tradition Automatique Seconde Rétrograde 7097

The Tradition 7097 pays tribute to the beauty of the calibers of the subscription and tact watches by revealing the bridges, wheels, escapement, barrel and other components of the movement, which are usually hidden beneath the mainplate. Refined finishing enhances the visual balance displayed by the symmetrical bridges. The bridges and mainplate are decorated to achieve a uniform, finely grained surface, which requires rare skill and faultless execution. The gold winding rotor borrows its shape from historical movements while the classic clous de Paris (hobnailing) guilloche pattern, executed by hand, highlights the blue dial in gold, positioned off-center at 12 o’clock.

Breguet Tradition Automatique Seconde Rétrograde 7097

This timepiece gets its name from the retrograde seconds hand at 10 o’clock. The hours and minutes are shown by Breguet-style open-tipped hands in rhodium-plated steel. In order to provide optimum readability and to highlight the retrograde seconds’ complication, Breguet watchmakers used a semicircle with a circular brushed finish superimposed on the dial. To maintain the symmetry, the pare-chute is located at 4 o’clock. This Breguet invention, which protects the balance staff from shocks, can be identified at a glance as the emblematic feature of the Tradition collection. It is the forbear of all the shock-protection mechanisms in use in watch-making today, including the Incabloc system.

Breguet Tradition Automatique Seconde Rétrograde 7097

The 7097 reference features advanced technology. Its 40mm case houses a movement with an inverted in-line lever escapement with silicon pallets and a silicon Breguet overcoil balance spring that guarantee exceptional precision.

Tradition 7097

The Tradition Automatique Seconde Rétrograde 7097 watch is the result of the technical and aesthetic excellence which Breguet consistently strives for. Its refined and pure style honours the legacy of the House, while its technical characteristics are the prerogative of a watchmaking company that is resolutely turned towards the future.

Breguet Tradition for Women

From over two hundred years of Breguet heritage comes the new edition of the Tradition 7038: a women’s watch adorned with iridescent Tahitian mother-of-pearl and an orange leather strap, reserved exclusively for Breguet boutiques.

With this new Tradition model, Breguet offers a contemporary reinterpretation of an aesthetic conceived by the House’s founder in the late eighteenth century. Visible from the dial, the movement, deep brown in color, takes up the symmetrical architecture of the historic subscription watch. This innovative timepiece design was created by Abraham-Louis Breguet, in Paris, in the wake of the French Revolution, following a long trip to Switzerland during which he had mused on a great number of projects. Mechanical and feminine in equal measure, the Tradition 7038 is easily recognizable by its off-center dial in Tahitian mother-of-pearl, inspired by Breguet’s tact watches. A diamond-set bezel adds sparkle to the creation, which is completed with a striking strap in orange leather. Delicately decorated and powered by a self-winding caliber with a silicon balance spring, the Tradition 7038 watch, which is reserved for Breguet boutiques, brings together the expertise of the House.

Breguet Tradition Dame 7038

Breguet is offering this model reserved for its boutiques only with an original case – an elegant matching orange clutch bag fashioned from grained calfskin leather. Made in Italy in accordance with the great artisanal tradition, it features a clasp that echoes the rosette pattern on the barrel of the Tradition 7038 watch.

Breguet Tradition Dame 7038

Harmonious Symmetry

An ultra-mechanical yet feminine creation, the face of the Tradition 7038 reveals its historically inspired movement. The balance wheel with a hairspring – the oscillating heart of the watch – takes its place between 4 and 5 o’clock under a bridge protected by a pare-chute anti-shock mechanism, invented by Breguet in 1790. Opposite, between 7 and 8 o’clock, the center wheel and its bridge perfectly mirror the Breguet balance wheel, with identical dimensions. In golden hues, the central barrel, decorated with a rosette motif, and the wheels of the movement contrast with the deep brown and finely sandblasted bridges and mainplate.

Breguet hands in gold indicate the hours and minutes on the Tahitian mother-of-pearl dial, which is off-center at 12 o’clock. Its iridescent surface features clous de Paris (hobnailing) guilloche pattern topped with the Breguet inscription and the unique number of the timepiece. A delicate border, engine-turned by hand, outlines the hours chapter marked with Breguet numerals. A fine retrograde hand discretely points to the seconds engraved at 10 o’clock.

The movement of the Tradition 7038 model sits in a rose-gold case, with delicately fluted sides. The bezel set with 68 diamonds highlights the precious aesthetic of the composition, while a cabochon-cut ruby adorns the winding crown. The transparent caseback reveals the reverse side of the self-winding Breguet 505SR caliber. Its gold rotor, embellished with a rosette guilloche motif, echoes the decoration of the barrel on the dial. The welded lugs, which are slightly rounded at the edges, provide a holding place for the orange calfskin leather bracelet.

Breguet Tradition Dame 7038

Inspired by History

The refined aesthetic of the Tradition line is inspired by the design of the subscription caliber created by Breguet in 1796. After two years in Switzerland during the darkest days of the French Revolution, the watchmaker returned to Paris to find his workshops, located on Quai de l’Horloge in Île de la Cité, needed to be rebuilt. In a stroke of genius, Abraham-Louis Breguet, with a reputation for complex timepieces, created the simplest watch ever made: the subscription watch. With a robust construction and a pared-back aesthetic, a single hand indicates both the hours and minutes. The movement is characterized by a centrally positioned barrel, as well as by a symmetrical placement of the balance wheel and the opposite wheel, which are of identical diameters.

Three years later, Breguet brought out his tact watches, including watch no. 611 which was to be acquired by the Empress Joséphine, wife to Napoleon Bonaparte. The timepiece featured a flinqué enamel dial with diamonds set at each hour, and can be viewed at the Breguet Museum in Paris. A subtle evolution from the subscription caliber, a number of these watches featured – along with the external hand – a pared-back dial with only one or two hands. This layout, taken up again in the current Tradition collection, allows both for the time to be read and the movement to be observed.

Tradition 7038

An Exclusive Clutch Bag

Breguet is offering the Tradition 7038 wristwatch, available exclusively in brand boutiques, with a unique and refined accessory which reimagines the idea of a watchcase. Breguet has called on the services of Italian craftsmen for this handcrafted and tailor-made clutch bag in grained calfskin leather. Its bright orange matches the bracelet of the Tradition 7038 and can be carried by hand, or worn over the shoulder, or across the body. The bag’s round and golden clasp is decorated with a rosette design, a larger version of the engine-turned barrel visible on the dial side of the Tradition 7038, which is barely 10 millimeters in size.

An ode to Abraham-Louis Breguet’s creations, Breguet’s contemporary Tradition 7038 model is inventive and precious in equal measure.

Breguet Marine Haute Joaillerie 9509 Poseidonia

With the new Marine Haute Joaillerie Poseidonia, Breguet offers an exquisite interpretation of the fascinating beauty of the seas.

The depths of the Mediterranean harbor a natural treasure: Posidonia oceanica – an aquatic plant essential to the sea’s balance. Breguet depicts the plant’s arabesques on the Marine Haute Joaillerie Poseidonia through the art of mother-of-pearl marquetry and invisible setting. The dial, set with 85 baguette-cut diamonds, appears to ripple across the intense iridescence of the Tahitian mother-of-pearl, which is deeply colored or more silvery depending on the light. The skillful setting continues on the bezel, caseband, lugs of the strap, and the clasp of the buckle. The mechanical heart of the Marine Haute Joaillerie Poseidonia beats to the rhythm of caliber 591C, an extra-thin self-winding manufacture movement.

Marine Haute Joaillerie 9509 Poseidonia

Mother-of-Pearl and Diamonds

Worked in marquetry, the Tahitian mother-of-pearl demands expertise and delicacy. For the Marine Haute Joaillerie Poseidonia, Breguet combines the craft with the art of invisible setting. The white gold of the dial thus recedes from view, becoming imperceptible behind the glint of the diamonds. The artisan selects each mother-of-pearl attentively to harmonize its iridescent pattern, unique to each gem, with the inset curves of the Poseidonia. Together, their radiance evokes rays of sunshine playing on the sea’s surface. The lines of the pattern unfurl, with diamonds extending out to the lugs of the strap.

Marine Haute Joaillerie Poseidonia

Delicate, gold Breguet hands indicate the hours and minutes. The tip of the second hand reveals the letter B of the maritime code of signals – a distinctive feature of the Marine collection. The traditional baguette-set bezel facilitates reading: the distinct triangular diamonds mark each of the 12 hours. The sides of the white-gold case and the crown are delicately fluted, alternating between polished white gold and baguette-cut diamonds. A briolette-cut diamond tops the crown, claw set with six baguette-cut diamonds. The crown protection is set entirely invisibly with 14 baguette-cut diamonds.

The setting continues to the clasp of the strap buckle, echoing the inset bezel and the shape of the open-tipped Breguet hands. The B for Breguet stands out against the slightly colored metallic finish in the center of the buckle.

Marine Haute Joaillerie Poseidonia

Emeralds, Rubies, and Sapphires

To join the diamond and Tahitian mother-of-pearl Marine Haute Joaillerie, Breguet proposes three other versions with white mother-of-pearl marquetry: sapphire-set blue, ruby-set red and emerald-set green. From the dominant hue of each version – red, green, or blue –, Breguet composes the curves of the Poseidonia in different colors. Each of the 85 gems composing the pattern is selected for its hue, is then cut and set invisibly. After months of work, the result reveals a singular radiance of remarkable colors, unique to each Marine Haute Joaillerie. On the bezel, the setting is composed of the different colors of the dial, just like the setting of the strap buckle. The metallic finish in the center of the buckle also takes the dominant color, as does the iridescent nuance of the leather strap.

Marine Haute Joaillerie Poseidonia

Mechanical Heart

On the caseback, the transparent sapphire reveals the extra-thin, self-winding 591C caliber, whose bridges are engine-turned by hand with the Marine motif – inspired by the deck of a ship. On the bevel of the white-gold rotor, the sparkling diamond border contrasts with the intensity of the Tahitian mother-of-pearl. The words Horloger de la Marine (Watchmaker to the Navy) are engraved on the rim of the caseback in white gold. This refers to the title of Chronometer-maker to the French Royal Navy bestowed upon Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1815.

Through Breguet’s extensive artisanship and expertise, the Marine Haute Joaillerie Poseidonia is an exquisite reflection of the fascinating natural beauty of the oceans.

Breguet Marine Alarme Musicale 5547

Marine by Breguet ticks to the rhythm of the ocean swell and the light currents of the trade winds: a combination of a timeless aesthetic and technical performance in Breguet’s time-honored tradition. Now Breguet offers the Marine 5517, the Chronographe 5527, and the Alarme Musicale 5547 in rose or white gold with matching gold bracelets.

The Marine collection is firmly rooted in the fundamentals of Breguet’s heritage. Back in the late eighteenth century, Abraham-Louis Breguet, the father of modern clock and watchmaking, determined the essentials in the art of fashioning timepieces: reliability and legibility. His many technical innovations, among them the tourbillon, were designed to optimise chronometry and its applications. Just as crucially, an uncluttered aesthetic ensures the pieces are also easy to read.

In 1815, King Louis XVIII of France recognized the exceptional qualities of Breguet’s work, appointing him Chronometer-maker to the French royal navy. From that point on, the success of the royal expeditions was in part dependent on the reliability of his naval clocks – both a great honor and a heavy responsibility. In 1840, for example, a Breguet instrument was the first timepiece to reach the Antarctic, with the Jules Dumont d’Urville expedition. The links between the House of Breguet and the maritime world are as tangible as they have always been.

Breguet Marine 5517

Marine 5517, Marine Chronographe 5527, Marine Alarme Musicale 5547

Perfectly placed on its clean, simple three-hand display, the Marine 5517 features a date window. The Marine Chronographe 5527, on the other hand, measures short time intervals. Finally, the Marine Alarme Musicale 5547 features an alarm complication, as well as displaying the date and time for a second time zone. Each watch is available in three materials: titanium, rose gold, and white gold. The titanium model features an elegantly understated sunburst slate-gray dial in gold. The rose gold and white gold cases feature a gold dial engine-turned by hand with an original wave design.

Gold Bracelets

For 2020, Breguet is offering the Marine collection with matching gold straps for a sportier look – rose gold for versions with a silver dial and white gold for those with a blue dial. The first link, which is attached directly – integrated – to the case, continues the smooth lines of the Marine to the wrist, offering superior comfort for the wearer. Echoing the contrasting gold on the case, the links alternate between polished and glossy facets – a finishing touch of the highest precision, requiring the greatest delicacy.

Breguet Marine Chronographe 5527

A Maritime Aesthetic

The sculpted lugs accentuate the roundness of the case on the Marine models. The fluted case flanks evoke Breguet creations of times gone by. The artisan watchmaker’s skill heightens the dial’s legibility, whilst the bright polished finish of the Breguet moon-tipped hands makes reading the time all but effortless. For nighttime use, the tip of each hand features a luminescent material, as do the five-minute markers above the Roman numerals. For its Marine collection, Breguet has created an engine-turning pattern inspired by the crests of the waves, executed by hand on the versions in gold.

Breguet Marine 5517

Countless details from the Marine 5517, Marine Chronographe 5527, and Marine Alarme Musicale 5547 pay homage to the nautical world. On the caliber bridges, the côtes de Genève pattern engine-turned by hand calls to mind a ship’s deck boards. The tip of the second hand forms a “B,” which stands for the “Bravo” of maritime parlance, or for Breguet. A ship’s wheel design features on the rotor.

With Marine from Breguet, the elegance of adventure lends inspiration to the explorers of today.

Breguet Marine Alarme Musicale 5547

About Breguet

The House of Breguet, founded in 1775, is the epitome of excellence in watchmaking and forms part of the European cultural heritage. Its creations have been owned by some of the greatest figures in history. The famous Breguet archives house the details of every watch sold since the end of the eighteenth century. Today, the artisans at the House of Breguet continue to make unique works of art that bear witness to the brand’s rich history. Right from the start, Breguet forged close links with the world of navigation and astronomy. The House of Breguet is proud to offer exceptional models such as the Grand Complication Marine Tourbillon Équation Marchante 5887.

Breguet Reine de Naples 8918

Inspiration for a New Day

For the very first time, Breguet highlights the delicate oval shape of the dial of the Reine de Naples with pure, bright white grand feu enamel, complete with numerals in celestial shades.

The new Reine de Naples 8918 features expertly applied grand feu enamel on its dial – a first for this collection. Against an immaculate background, the stylized Breguet Arabic numerals appear in blue enamel, as does the signature of the House and the words “émaillé Grand Feu” (grand feu enamel). The alligator leather strap, fitted with a folding buckle set with 28 diamonds, echoes these heavenly hues. Adorning the circumference of the bezel and the dial flange are 117 diamonds surrounding this composition in white gold. The Reine de Naples 8918 in grand feu enamel ticks to the rhythm of a self-winding manufacture caliber.

Breguet Reine de Naples 8918

The demanding grand feu enamel technique creates dials with a unique grain and immutable colors. During the particularly delicate creation process, the dial is heated at a temperature above 800°C – hence the name of this traditional technique. It is placed in the kiln several times in order to create a natural sheen to the surface.

The time can be easily read thanks to the fine Breguet hands in blued steel. The off-center hours chapter features dots, diamond-shaped markers and fleurs-de-lis, punctuated by a pear-shaped diamond at 6 o’clock. If the light is just right, the reflections allow a glimpse of Breguet’s secret signature, which is placed at 3 o’clock.

Breguet Reine de Naples 8918

A white-gold case with finely fluted sides houses the self-winding manufacture caliber 537/3, which has a power reserve of 45 hours. A briolette-cut diamond lends a touch of sparkle to the crown at 4 o’clock. The sapphire-crystal caseback reveals the movement of the watch. Each component is decorated by hand with great care. If the owner so wishes, the House of Breguet will record her name in its archives, kept since the late eighteenth century, next to the individual number, engraved on the back of the watch.

The soft light of dawn seems to break across the grand feu enamel dial of the Reine de Naples 8918.

Reine de Naples 8918

The Watch of a Queen

During her reign over Naples, Caroline Murat, Napoléon Bonaparte’s younger sister, was a great supporter of the arts and would acquire over 30 Breguet watches and clocks. In 1810, the watchmaker established at Quai de l’Horloge in Paris began an unprecedented creation for the Queen of Naples: a watch designed to be worn on the wrist. It was the first wristwatch designed especially for this purpose. From its delivery in 1812 to repairs in 1849 and 1855, the Breguet archives have kept track of the history and characteristics of this watch, whose whereabouts today are unknown. The oblong-shaped creation with an engine-turned silver dial was very delicate and included several complications: a repeater, a moon-phase indicator, and also a thermometer. Finally, it had a wristlet of hair and gold thread that allowed it to be worn on the wrist.

Marine Tourbillon Équation Marchante 5887

Marine “Grande Complication” wristwatch with running equation of time, perpetual calendar and tourbillon.  Self-winding movement. Balance spring in silicon. Day, retrograde date, month and leap year indications. Power-reserve indicator. Solar minutes hand with a facetted golden sun. Marine Tourbillon carriage in titanium. Small seconds and equation cam on the tourbillon shaft. Dial in gold, hand-engraved on a rose engine. Sapphire caseback. Water-resistant to 10 bar (100m).

Marine Tourbillon Équation Marchante 5887

Diameter: 43.9mm

Available in 18-carat rose gold with slate-coloured dial in gold, hand-engraved on a rose engine, or with silvered gold dial, hand-engraved on a rose engine.

Available in 950 platinum with blue dial in gold, hand-engraved on a rose engine.

Marine Tourbillon Équation Marchante 5887

Marine Tourbillon Équation Marchante 5887 combines the bold and sporty aesthetic that has always marked the Breguet Marine line with a highly complicated movement and the finest hand decoration. Now Breguet offers this model in rose gold with a gold dial in slate-gray color.

When it debuted, the Marine Tourbillon Équation Marchante 5887, Breguet wove together three threads from its history. First, its legacy of the invention of the tourbillon, patented by founder Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1801. Important as well is its unparalleled patrimony in the field of complicated watches: Marine 5887 includes, in addition to the latest generation tourbillon, a perpetual calendar and an equation of time. Third, by uniting these two historic pillars of the house in a Marine timepiece, Breguet recalls the founder’s appointment in 1815 by the King of France, Louis XVIII as Horloger de la Marine Royale, which made him the official watchmaker of the French Navy.

Marine Tourbillon Équation Marchante 5887

Maritime inspiration

Emphasizing the link between the Marine line and the sea is a guilloche-peaked wave motif in the center of the dial. The applied Roman numerals as well as the Breguet moon-tipped hands are in rose gold.

On the back, a depiction of an ancient flagship of the French Navy, the Royal Louis, has been hand carved across the bridges of the movement. The entirety of the vessel reaches across four bridges and fine details extend from one bridge to another. This calls for extreme precision in placement so that the elements of the image will line up perfectly once the movement is mounted. The barrel drum bears an illustration of a compass rose also engraved by hand. The peripheral oscillating weight in platinum, engine-turned and engraved with the Breguet legend, allows for a fully unobstructed view of the movement’s artwork.

Marine Tourbillon Équation Marchante 5887

Running equation of time

The Marine Tourbillon Équation Marchante includes two minute hands, a traditional civil minute hand and a second minute hand showing solar time directly.

At the heart of the movement is a cam on a sapphire disc that completes a full rotation per year faithfully duplicating the equation of time cycle. This transparent disc, with months of the year marked along its perimeter, allows one to see the tourbillon located underneath. The mechanism is completed with a set of gears called a “differential”. The genius of a differential is that it is able to combine two separate inputs into one output. The civil minutes indication is produced by the main gear train of the watch. The equation of time information is read by the finger following the cam’s form. Thus, the differential, in effect, performs the formula for calculating solar time (civil time plus equation of time) which is displayed by the solar minute hand. With two minute hands, the owner at a glance can read civil time and solar time.

Marine Tourbillon Équation Marchante 5887

Perpetual calendar

The running equation of time display of this Marine model is paired with a perpetual calendar. The movement accounts for all of the irregularities of the four-year calendar cycle, the months of 30 or 31 days, and the month of February of 28 or 29 days during the leap year. The calendar display is unique among Breguet collections and embodies a newly constructed mechanism. Rather than with hands, the day of the week and the month are shown in small windows. The date is indicated with a hand known as “retrograde”. This hand advances along an arc until the end of the month, when in the middle of the night, it will reverse course and instantaneously snap back to “1” to start the next month.

Marine Tourbillon Équation Marchante 5887

Extra-thin tourbillon movement

The movement of this Grande Complication model is derived from the extra-thin self-winding tourbillon caliber 581. The basic notions of tourbillon design rooted in Abraham- Louis Breguet’s patent remain unchanged: the timekeeping elements of the watch, its balance wheel, spiral, and the escapement, are placed within a carriage that makes one rotation per minute so as to cancel out rate errors resulting from gravitational forces. Modern technology played a prominent role, as well, in the tourbillon design as the carriage is made of titanium and the balance wheel’s spiral as well as the escape wheel are fashioned in silicon. As the tourbillon mechanism has been redesigned, the cage is driven by a peripheral gear. The tourbillon and the sum of its components seemingly fly in space. The mainspring barrel was not overlooked in the quest to reduce thickness. By creating a groove around the barrel drum, held in place by three bearing assemblies located outside of it, Breguet’s designers were able to reduce thickness by 25%. The power reserve, to match with the other indications on the dial, is shown by gauge-type indicator at VIII o’clock.

The ingenuity of this spectacular model is accentuated by the precious expertise of the watchmakers and artisans of Breguet.

Breguet Classique 7337

Thanks to its mastery in the art of engine-turning, Breguet has given two iconic models from its Classique collection, the 7137 and the 7337, a new look. These new models come in rose gold with a silvered gold dial and, on a more contemporary note, in white gold with a gold dial in “Breguet blue” color. An embossed moon on a starry sky adds a new dimension to the moon phase display.

With its timeless elegance, the Classique line embodies Breguet style at its purest. The House of Breguet revisits the Classique models 7137 and 7337 – inspired by historic watches – with one of its specialties: traditional engine-turning. On the silvered gold or Breguet blue gold dials, both new models for this year, pattern variations differentiate the reading zones with sophisticated simplicity. Open-tipped Breguet hands and Roman numerals ensure easy readability. True to its traditions dating back to the end of the eighteenth century, Breguet adds the individual number of the watch to the dial, and engraves a secret signature there too. The Classique models have a slender case with fluted sides. The leather bracelet is held together by lugs, which are welded for strength and curved for wearing comfort. These 39 mm models are powered by an extra-thin 502.3 caliber with an engine-turned gold rotor.

Breguet Classique 7137

Breguet Classique 7137

The traditional engine-turning crafted by hand finds its full expression in the Classique line. Just like two centuries ago, the artisan uses an engine-turning lathe for circular decorations or a “straight-line machine” for linear designs. The Classique 7137 features a panier maillé basket weave pattern for the power reserve display, a damier checkerboard pattern for the date display and a clous de Paris hobnailing pattern for the main part of the dial. The dial of the white gold version is in Breguet blue color. In the rose gold version, the dial color is created using silver powder and a soft brush.

Breguet Classique 7137

Breguet Classique 7337

The dial of the Classique 7337 features delicate patterns: circular grain d’orge barley grain for the edges of the hours chapter, damier checkerboard for the small seconds and Clous de Paris hobnailing in the center. Engraved clouds bordering the lacquered sky of the moon-phase indicator, dotted with sparkles, are evocative of the Milky Way. Breguet has remodeled the golden disc depicting the moon in shiny relief and matte grooves. At 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock, two apertures, with shapes reminiscent of those of historic models such as pocket watch No.3833, show the day and the date.

Breguet Classique 7337

The ultimate finesse

The sapphire crystal of the Classique 7137 and the Classique 7337 unveils the extra-thin hand-decorated 502.3 automatic caliber. This movement has a reduced thickness with its open barrel and an offset rotor. This special design makes it possible to distinguish the barrel spring, which is otherwise hidden. The use of a silicon balance spring following recent technological research continues Abraham-Louis Breguet’s quest for precision on a contemporary level.

Breguet Classique 7137

The origins of the Classique

Simple but elegant, the new Classique 7137 and Classique 7337 wristwatches channel the aesthetic of historic pocket watches created under the direction of Abraham-Louis Breguet and his son. As of 1786, the watchmaker added the art of engine-turning to watchmaking codes, benefiting readability in the process. Perpetuelle No.5 pocket watch, source of inspiration for the Classique 7137 model, features engine-turning patterns as well as an hours chapter with Roman numerals.

A major stylistic innovation, off-center dials were introduced in certain pocket watches around 1812. Quarter-repeating watch No.3833, sold in 1823 and exhibited at the Breguet Museum in Paris, shows an hours chapter at 6 o’clock, topped by a moon-phase indicator at 12 o’clock, a layout that has been adopted by the current Breguet Classique 7337.

Breguet Classique 7337

From the end of the 1930s, Breguet reintroduced several classic codes of these pocket watches in wristwatches, with engine-turned dials and fluted cases. Breguet confirmed this trend between 1950 and 1970 when it announced the current Classique collection.

With the new Classique 7137 and Classique 7337, Breguet continues to incorporate the timeless codes invented by Abraham-Louis Breguet in today’s watchmaking.

Classique 9065 Limited Edition

With Tahitian mother-of-pearl adorned with sparkles of red and diamonds, the clean lines of the Breguet Classique 9065, designed for women, tempts romantic reverie.

Presented for the first time with a deeply lustrous Tahitian mother-of-pearl dial, the new breguet classique ladies watches 9065 adds a touch of passion to Breguet’s classic style. Vermilion notes warm the composition, echoing the vibrant red of the ruby set on the crown. Encircled by the gold of the second hand, a delicate, crimson heart beats out the passing time. The date is shown in cream numerals through a garnet window, while the iridescent red satin strap shimmers and accentuates the sparkling timepiece. For even more luster, 88 brilliant-cut diamonds illuminate the bezel of the fine rose gold case, and the lugs of the strap. The model beats to the rhythm of an automatic manufacture caliber with all the essential functions and a 38-hour power reserve.

Breguet Classique presents the Classique 9065 Tahitian mother-of-pearl as part of an exclusive series of 28 numbered timepieces, reserved for a selection of its boutiques.

Renowned clients

Breguet’s Classique watch line takes inspiration from the most classic Breguet codes, dating back to the eighteenth century. Since then, the clean lines of the Breguet style, underpinned by mechanical reliability, have seduced the most prestigious and powerful women in Europe: Queen Marie-Antoinette, Caroline Bonaparte – sister of Napoleon – and even the Empresses Joséphine and Marie-Louise. The years pass, but Breguet’s success never falters. Sovereigns such as Maria Christina, Queen of Spain, Victoria, Queen of England, and even Anna Gould, Duchess of Talleyrand, have all chosen a Breguet timepiece.

Breguet Classique 9065 Limited Edition

Breguet ClassiqueTimeless style

The Breguet 3023 watch, sold in 1817 to the Duchess of Wellington and today exhibited in the Louvre, exemplifies Breguet’s timeless neo-classical style which has continued through to the Classique 9065. The open-tipped hands, conceived in 1783, improve readability.

Similarly, very delicate, powdered tracing make the Breguet Arabic numerals stand out. Visible through the sapphire-crystal caseback, the self-winding 591A caliber fits into a delicate, rose gold case with fluted sides. The model number is marked on the caseback along with the timepiece’s individual number, which the owner can add to the Breguet registers – kept continuously since the 1780s.

The elegant Classique 9065 evokes refined romanticism and calls to mind the intellectual pleasures narrated by poet Constance de Salm in her verses reflecting on evenings spent in the company of accomplished friends: authors, artists, savants, politicians – and watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet.

Once more, in evenings of delight
shall I meet artist, poet, scholar, friend.
Already I can picture bright
those cherished pleasures without end
sparked by art and wit and soul,
already all those joys do I behold.

Constance de Salm, “To My Friends, On Returning from the Country”, 1806

Race for Water

As the end of the year approaches the Race for Water teams have reached Asia, where their mission continues. As the endeavor’s main sponsor, Breguet is proud to support this foundation, which is committed to saving the oceans from the threat of plastic pollution. This association is in keeping with the aim of the House of Breguet’s President, Marc A. Hayek, who wishes for the brand to take an active role in protecting our planet.

An Adventure Called “Race for Water”

The adventure began in 2010, when the Swiss entrepreneur Marco Simeoni founded Race for Water, which supports scientific research on the ecological balance of the deep ocean. After an initial expedition in 2015, the foundation launched a new five-year world tour in 2017 where the main objective is to save the oceans from the threat of plastic pollution and raise public awareness. The odyssey set off from Brittany in April 2017 on board a groundbreaking boat that is powered solely by renewable energy. It arrived in Asia after crossing the Atlantic and Pacific oceans over the course of two years including stopping in around 20 cities. The boat and its crew intend to reach Shanghai at the beginning of 2020, after their long stay in Hong Kong.

Breguet and Race for Water

The watchmaker and the foundation have a great deal more in common than their shared passion for the sea. Both entities are committed to saving the planet. When asked why Breguet chose Race for Water over another foundation, Breguet, replied that what sets Race for Water apart is its global scope and realistic approach. What makes the foundation unique is its outreach, and the proactive work with young people in particular. It has a strong educational aspect, and the scientific component is also vital. Collecting waste is great, but repurposing it and transforming it into clean energy is even better. This is the ambition behind this project.

Race for Water

Destination Japan 2020

In 2020, Race for Water will set sail for Shanghai before Japan, and Tokyo in particular, where it will then remain throughout July. The timing was deliberately chosen because it coincides with the Summer Olympic Games. This will be their longest stopover. While the aim of each stop is to engage with local authorities, private individuals and of course lots of schoolchildren (nearly 15,000 people have received outreach since 2017, including more than 5,500 schoolchildren), it is also crucial for the foundation to be present in places that are highlighted by major events. The Bermuda stage in 2017, for example, coincided with the America’s Cup and the odyssey will call at Dubai for Expo 2020. In Tokyo, as elsewhere, the foundation will be greeted by senior officials. Race for Water makes clear: “Raising public awareness is important, but the emphasis is on reaching those who have the power to take decisions and action.”

The Adventure Continues on Land

While one of Race for Water’s main missions is to generate awareness about ocean pollution, it also works to find a solution to the issue of transforming and repurposing plastic waste based on optimized high-temperature pyrolysis technology. Deployed on a massive scale, this could end the majority of ocean contamination caused by plastic waste.

Breguet Classique

For its new Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Squelette 5395, Breguet has opted for an extra-thin three-millimeter thick skeleton design for its tourbillon movement. An undertaking that is as much technical as it is artistic with emphasis on craftsmanship, of which the watchmaker is at the forefront.

There are objects whose intrinsic quality is a source of true wonder. The new Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Squelette 5395 is undoubtedly one of those. The extreme finesse of its 581 caliber has already propelled Breguet to bold technical feats in its previous creations. The design of the tourbillon in particular had to be entirely rethought, which led to the creation of a unique architecture. Now the House of Breguet is going even further, removing almost 50 per cent of the material from this movement, without compromising the build. This skeleton design, within an 18-karat gold caliber that literally plays with the limits of what is possible, highlights the true craftsmanship of Breguet watchmakers. Engraving, engine-turning, and anglage add to this to create something truly outstanding.

An Extra-Thin Movement

The extra-thin 581 caliber is a masterpiece of watchmaking. With a thickness of three millimeters, it is one of the finest self-winding tourbillon movements in the world. A feat of technical craftsmanship that required a series of often complex adjustments. For instance, the rotor was placed on the periphery of the plate, saving on thickness while at the same time preserving a clear view of the mechanism. The tourbillon, for its part, has benefited from a complete redesign. The titanium carriage engages directly with the wheel train, not via the intermediary of a pinion at its base, and, what’s more, the silicon escapement has been given a distinct angled shape, something that considerably saves on space. A very unique structure, of which Breguet is the only series manufacturer.

Lightness and Transparency

Ultra-lightweight – the carriage weighs no more than 0.290 grams in total – and equipped with an outstanding power reserve of 80 hours thanks to a high-energy barrel beating at four hertz – a particularly high frequency for a tourbillon – this 581 caliber already featured in models 5377 and 5367. Here, for the first time, it has been incorporated in a fully skeletonized design, a contemporary interpretation of this ancestral technique. The gold plate and bridges have been hollowed out so as to display the mechanical anatomy of the movement. The challenge of this undertaking lies primarily in removing as much material as possible, while preserving the technical properties of the various different components. A truly novel watchmaking complication made even more challenging by the choice of gold. Once the chosen alloy has hardened, sophisticated expertise and care are needed to achieve the final result. Breguet is one of the last watchmakers to fashion gold to this standard.

 Craftsmanship

What is unique about the movement, however, is its outstanding decoration and finishing – first of all, the hand-crafted engine-turning, or guilloche design, of the remaining plate surface. Clous de Paris hobnailing is created using a diamond-tipped guilloche tool here, a method that gives this work of art a distinct splendor but allows for no imperfections. This kind of work on an item like this is a first at Breguet. The sharp edges are painstakingly chamfered by hand, using a file until a perfectly smooth and even 45-degree bevel is created. Significant engraving work is then carried out by hand for different inscriptions as well as borders to frame the holes.

 A Sophisticated and Minimalist Design

This masterpiece sits in a fluted case topped with a domed glass-box revealing the movement. The sapphire dial features applied hour markers in blued gold. The hours chapter is created using galvanic growth and the timer is laser-engraved and filled with blue varnish. Sophisticated and minimalist, this design is rounded off with traditional blued moon-tipped hands and soldered horns in the true Breguet style. Water-resistant to 30 meters, the Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Squelette 5395 is available with a gray movement in a rose gold case, or with a rose movement in a platinum case.

 The Tourbillon, a Breguet Masterpiece

It’s a one-off in the history of technical creations. More than 220 years after its invention, the tourbillon is still generating as much fascination as it did then and remains, now more than ever, Breguet’s main prerogative. Updated for modern times following its adaptation for wristwatches, its distinct and inalienable strength lies in the historical legitimacy of Breguet that gives it that extra touch of soul. Single or double, by itself or accompanied by sophisticated complications, fashioned from traditional or novel materials, the tourbillon has never been more alive than it is now. Nor has it ever been so closely associated with its inventor. Present in almost all collections and never weighing more than one gram, it bears testament to the extraordinary watchmaking mastery of the House of Breguet, the guardian of the myth.

The Origins of the Tourbillon

Abraham-Louis Breguet only sold 35 tourbillon watches in his lifetime. This confidential figure in itself hints at the extreme complexity involved in producing this unique mechanism. While patented in 1801, its development took no less than 10 years of experimentation and research in the years spanning from 1795 to 1805. At a time when timepieces were worn vertically on the body, the master watchmaker took great pains to devise a way of negating the effects of the earth’s attraction on the functioning of the oscillator and, on the basis of this, improving the chronometric accuracy of the movement. Then the idea came to him to incorporate the balance wheel and spring as well as the escapement (lever and escape wheel) in a mobile casing rotating on itself. Breguet devised the name “tourbillon” for the double rotation of this cage and its parts in reference to the long-forgotten notion of a planetary system rotating around a single axis. Fantastic in its design, captivating in its function, the invention has never ceased to command respect, right from when it was first presented to the present day.

BREGUET CLASSIQUE TOURBILLON EXTRA-PLAT SQUELETTE 5395 SPECIFICATIONS OF THE WATCH REF. 5395BR/1S/9WU

Case in 18-karat rose gold with delicately fluted caseband with a domed glass-box. Sapphire-crystal caseback. Diameter 41 millimeters. Thickness 7.70 millimeters. Welded lugs with screw bars. Water-resistant to 3 bar (30 meters). Sapphire dial, signed Breguet. Offset hours chapter with Roman numerals. Open-tipped Breguet hands in blued steel. Mechanical self-winding skeleton movement, chamfered, engraved, and engine-turned by hand. Numbered and signed Breguet. Cal. 581SQ extra-thin (3 millimeters). 325 components. 16 lignes. 33 jewels. Peripheral rotor. 80-hour power reserve. Barrel on ball-bearing rollers. Reverse-side lever escapement with silicon horns. Frequency 4 hertz. Flat balance spring in silicon. Breguet balance wheel. Titanium tourbillon carriage. Small seconds on the tourbillon axis. Alligator leather strap with gold folding buckle. Also available in platinum: Reference 5395PT/RS/9WU

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The Marine by Breguet embodies a desire to travel the seas, and be carried by the winds and currents. Breguet dedicates this collection to modern-day women explorers.

Leaning on a wealth of watchmaking know-how, the House of Breguet unveils the Marine watch collection for women, inspired by our oceans. As a specialist in guillochage (or engineturning), Breguet has designed an original motif that reflects the flow of waves on the dial. The second hand, as one of several details echoing the marine world, is decorated with a maritime flag representing the initial of Breguet.

True to Breguet’s tradition, this collection combines refinement with technical performance. This watch beats to the rhythm of the self-winding 591A caliber, a manufacture movement 3.41 millimeters thick with a date display. The Marine will fit even the finest of wrists: flexible strap fasteners extend from the case with a diameter of less than 34 millimeters.

Available in steel as well as rose or white gold, the Marine also features precious variations, with the bezel ringed and illuminated by diamonds. For the gold models, the diamond setting is continued on the bevel of the rotor and the crown protection, bringing the total to 1.26 carats. Depending on the variant, the Marine dial is adorned with an ocean-blue lacquer with light reflections, or with polished or engine-turned mother-of-pearl.

A Craft Inspired by the Sea

The engine-turning artisans of the House of Breguet have created a unique design evoking the sea as it laps the shore. This pattern, called marea, or tide, incorporates curves; in contrast to the classic guillochage, which consists of straight lines and circles, the curves in this design capture the natural movement of the water. The development of the marea pattern took several months, including the manufacture of special cams for the engine-turning lathes. The
artisans of the House of Breguet have made this demanding design come alive on motherof-pearl, a particularly fragile material, which graces the dial and rotor of the movement for this collection.

Nautical Aesthetics

The new Breguet Marine collection for women is a celebration of the marine world in many aspects. The Roman numerals resemble nautical pennants. For use at night, the open tips of the hands, the five-minute markings, and the hour markers are coated with luminescent material.

The sapphire-crystal caseback shows the self-winding 591A caliber and its bars decorated with double engine-turned côtes de Genève calling to mind a ship’s deck boards. The words Horloger de la Marine (Chronograph-maker to the Navy) are engraved on the rim of the case, referring to the title of Chronometer-maker to the French Royal Navy bestowed upon Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1815.

Breguet has also reworked the flutes on the sides of the case. This new design, more distinct and spaced, lends the watch – barely one centimeter thick – a more daring look. The crown protection, diamond-set on gold pieces, appears like a wave at 3 o’clock. Screws in the shape of navigational markers provide a flexible hold for the strap fasteners.

Another motif – on the white rubber strap – created for the collection involves seagrass arabesques. This plant is known to be found on the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea, and to help keep the water clean. This strap, for a sportier lifestyle look, is available alongside alligator leather straps in midnight blue or white, depending on the model. A sapphire cap marked with the letter ‘B’ for Breguet adorns the clasp of the folding buckle.

Beauties of the Sea

Marine Dame 9518 Diamond-Set in Rose or White Gold

The Marine is available set in white or rose gold, with dials enlivened by engine-turned mother-of-pearl in the marea style. The white-gold version is adorned with pale-blue motherof-pearl, while the rose-gold variant features opaline mother-of-pearl. Depending on the model, the rotor is decorated with engine-turned mother-of-pearl of the same color, and also inlaid. The bezel is illuminated by a setting of 50 brilliant-cut diamonds. Their sparkle extends to the strap fastenings and the crown protection.

Marine Dame 9517 in Steel and Marine Dame 9518 in Diamond-Set Steel

The House of Breguet also offers the Marine in steel and inlaid steel. The dials of these models are done in natural opaline mother-of-pearl or marbled blue lacquer, animated by clearer volutes reminiscent of the white-horses of the sea – or a starlit night sky, which was used for navigation in former times. To achieve this decor, the artisan applies a clear lacquer on the still liquid azure material. When they come into contact, the colors marbleize and create a unique image, thus rendering each piece exclusive. Visible by the sapphire-crystal caseback, the rotor bears the engine-turned marea motif in mother-of-pearl – in azure or white, depending on the shade of the dial. The bezel of the inlaid-steel variant is enlivened by 60 brilliant-cut diamonds.

As early as in the 18th century, Abraham-Louis Breguet created watches for daring women. Today, dedicated to the modern adventurer, the Marine by Breguet evokes an exhilarating sense of adventure at sea.

BREGUET MARINE DAME 9518 SPECIFICATIONS OF THE WATCH:

Case: Round, rose-gold case (18 carats) with a
fluted caseband. Sapphire-crystal caseback. Bezel
set with 50 diamonds weighing approximately
1.165 carats. Crown protection set with
6 diamonds. Diameter 33.80 millimeters. Waterresistant to 5 bar (50 meters).
Dial: White mother-of-pearl, engine-turned in
the marea style. Individually numbered and
signed Breguet. Luminescent hour markers and
markings. Faceted open-tipped gold Breguet
hands with luminescent material. Second hand in
the center. Date at 3 o’clock. Date window in
gold.
Movement: Mechanical self-winding movement,
numbered and signed Breguet. 11½ lignes.
25 jewels. Caliber 591A with indication of date.
38-hour power reserve. Rotor in 18-carat gold
decorated with engine-turned mother-of-pearl,
set with 31 diamonds. Frequency 4 hertz. Silicon
in-line Swiss lever escapement. Flat balance
spring in silicon. Breguet balance wheel. 219
components including the diamonds on the
rotor.
Strap: Leather strap with a gold buckle

BREGUET MARINE DAME 9517 SPECIFICATIONS OF THE WATCH:

Case: Round steel case with fluted caseband.
Sapphire-crystal caseback. Diameter
33.80 millimeters. Water-resistant to 5 bar
(50 meters).
Dial: White mother-of-pearl. Individually
numbered and signed Breguet. Luminescent hour
markers and markings. Faceted open-tipped gold
Breguet hands with luminescent material. Second
hand in the center. Date at 3 o’clock. Date
window in gold.
Movement: Mechanical self-winding movement,
numbered and signed Breguet. 11½ lignes.
25 jewels. Caliber 591A with indication of date.
38-hour power reserve. Rotor in 18-carat gold
decorated with engine-turned mother-of-pearl.
Frequency 4 hertz. Silicon in-line Swiss lever
escapement. Flat balance spring in silicon.
Breguet balance wheel. 188 components.
Strap: Rubber strap with a steel buckle.

BREGUET MARINE DAME 9518 SPECIFICATIONS OF THE WATCH:

Case: Round steel case with fluted caseband.
Sapphire-crystal caseback. Bezel set with
60 diamonds weighing approximately 0.846
carats. Diameter 33.80 millimeters. Waterresistant to 5 bar (50 meters).
Dial: Blue lacquer. Individually numbered and
signed Breguet. Luminescent hour markers and
markings. Faceted open-tipped gold Breguet
hands with luminescent material. Second hand in
the center. Date at 3 o’clock. Date window in
gold.
Movement: Mechanical self-winding movement,
numbered and signed Breguet. 11½ lignes.
25 jewels. Caliber 591A with indication of date.
38-hour power reserve. Rotor in 18-carat gold
decorated with engine-turned mother-of-pearl.
Frequency 4 hertz. Silicon in-line Swiss lever
escapement. Flat balance spring in silicon.
Breguet balance wheel. 188 components.
Strap: Leather strap with a steel buckle

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