Breguet was established in the center of Paris on the Île de la Cité. Its heritage and grandeur flawlessly express the Tradition collection’s technological essence and aesthetic principles. Meanwhile, the art and style of Breguet have changed over the decades. The Classique series is the absolute pinnacle of this era. It blends the unique, distinguishing traits of Breguet with a sleek and timeless style.
In addition, Abraham-Louis Breguet produced marine chronometers that influenced the success of large voyages after being named designer of the French Royal Navy, the most prominent position a watchmaker could acquire. Today, the Marine line is inspired by this rich tradition. Here are some of the amazing Breguet watches from Tradition, Classique, and Marine collections.
Tradition’s watches, fashioned by Abraham-Louis Breguet’s iconic Souscription pieces, represent both an homage to the brand’s roots and a glimpse of its destiny. The dial faces of these Breguet watches support horological intricacies in trim, visually sweeping designs, deftly balancing traditional and avant-garde aesthetics. Even their most basic elements acquire a sand-blasted surface polish, delicately applied by hand, following the norms of faultless workmanship established two centuries ago. Tradition watches are masterful reflections of time’s enigmatic intricacy, deftly capturing its essential spirit.
The Tradition watch in 18-carat gold ref 7097BB/G1/9WU is powered by a self-winding anthracite movement with retrograde seconds and silicon Breguet balance-spring. Its 40 mm white gold case features a sapphire crystal case back, an off-centered dial in silvered gold, engine-turned by hand, and 30-meter water resistance.
The 37 mm Tradition Dame ref 7038BR/18/9V6/D00D in 18-carat rose gold is powered by a self-winding movement with retrograde seconds with silicon Breguet balance-spring and engine-turned by hand. It is also adorned by a bezel set with 68 diamonds weighing approx. 0.895 ct. sapphire crystal case back, 30-meter water resistance, and off-centered dial in white mother-of-pearl. The model in white gold features a Tahitian mother-of-pearl dial.
Classique watches, whether extra-thin or intricate, are all committed to the technological principles, craftsmanship, and timeless traditions of the Breguet watch. Breguet’s original attributes and elements are captured in Classique wristwatches. Some versions feature rich materials from bygone eras, as well as fired enamel dials with Arabic numbers, which will excite Breguet collectors.
Classique Extra-Thin Tourbillon
The Classique Extra-Thin Tourbillon ref 5377BR/12/9WU is powered by a 3 mm self-winding movement and is equipped by caliber 581DR with 42 jewels and 16 lines. The tourbillon is enclosed in a titanium carriage with an 80-hour power reserve. The ultra-thin 7 mm and 41 mm wide case in 950 platinum or 18-carat rose gold features a sapphire caseback, silvered gold dial adorned with four different engine-turned patterns executed by hand: cross-hatching, Clou de Paris hobnail, straight chevrons, and barleycorn, and 30-meter water resistance.
Hora Mundi 5727
The Hora Mundi ref 5727BB/12/9ZU in 43 mm 18-carat white gold case comes with a delicately fluted case band, welded lugs with screw bars, 30-meter water resistance, and push-piece crown at 8 o’clock. It is adorned with a silvered 18-carat gold engine-turned dial with individually numbered and signed Breguet, city indication at 6 o’clock, date aperture at 12 o’clock, 24-hour indicator between 3 and 4 o’clock, hours chapter with Roman numerals, and Breguet open-tipped hands in blued steel. It is powered by a self-winding movement and is equipped by Calibre 777 with additional plate, instant time-zone jump with synchronized date, 55-hour power reserve, balance frequency 4Hz, balance-spring in silicon, inverted in-line Swiss lever escapement with silicon pallets, 24-hour and city indications, numbered and signed Breguet, and 39 jewels.
On the 27th of October 1815, King Louis XVIII of France designated Abraham-Louis Breguet as a chronometer maker to the French Royal Navy. This designation was not only a sign of respect and status, but it also entailed playing a vital role on behalf of the country. Marine chronometers were essential for fleets at the time because they allowed ships’ locations to be calculated. As a result, they must be precise and able to resist the boats’ continual pitching and rocking. Marine watches are now based on classical Breguet values but are interpreted in a modern fashion. Their durable structure, strengthened case, and covered crown, together with refined artistry, present them with a sophisticated and sporting quality that makes them appropriate for wear in all situations.
The Marine Chronograph ref 5527BB/Y2/5WV is powered by a self-winding movement with balance spring in silicon, date and seconds subdial, minutes and hours counters, screw-locked crown, 100-meter water resistance, and sapphire caseback. The dial on the 42.3 mm white gold case can vary depending on the user’s preference from 18-carat white gold with a blue dial in gold, to 18-carat rose gold with silvered or slate grey gold dial, or titanium with sunburst blue or slate grey dial in gold.
In A Nutshell
Breguet is well-known for developing the tourbillon, being the first watch firm to use the guilloché technique on its dials, and having founder Abraham-Louis Breguet largely recognized as the best craftsman of his day. Breguet watches are must-have items for your collection.