The Tradition collection from the House of Breguet is a grand homage to the pioneering spirit of its founder and proves that A-L Breguet was visionary in every sense of the word
– The Tradition collection from the House of Bregue tis a grand homage to the pioneering spirit of its founder
Even for a legacy as vaunted and venerated as the one established by Abraham-Louis Breguet, there have been moments that soar above everyday breakthroughs and establish themselves as benchmarks. One such watershed moment arrived in 1796 when A-L Breguet finalised a new model, which came to be known as the Subscription watch.
Endowed with a relatively large diameter, a single hand and an enamel dial, these watches, according to their creator, were made in such a way that “a devotee of mechanics could follow all its effects through the open side.” A runaway success from
Embodying the spirit of cutting edge innovation and awe-inspiring aesthetics which have always been a Breguet hallmark, the emblematic Tradition 7027 design has now been interpreted as a two-colour creation. Its pink gold case holds an anthracite grey movement which emphasises its bridges and bars, particularly the escapements fitted with the iconic pare-chute in bevelled steel.
The watch’s 507DR displays the entire movement built on either side of the mainplate. The movement proper has received a grey anthracite surface treatment and the visual contrast between its grey tones the pink of the gold case add to the watch’s modern good looks. The lustrous black dial, off-centred at 12 o’clock is another nod to a contemporary ethos.
The Tradition 7027 is also available in pink gold with a pink gold mainplate, bridges and bars or in a white gold case fitted with the new anthracite movement.
The Tradition 7027 is also available in pink gold with pink gold mainplate, bridges and bars or in a white case fitted with the new anthracite movement. the time it was unveiled, Subscription received a resounding tribute through Breguet’s Tradition collection in 2005.
Tracing its spirit back to 1796, the Tradition collection became the first contemporary timepiece to reveal the movement organs above the mainplate. Its extraordinary architecture comprises a barrel in the centre, a dial at 12 o’clock, and a balance wheel which forms an arc that stretches from 4 to 8 o’clock. The protective pare-chute shock absorbing system, invented by A-L Breguet, makes the Tradition watches instantly recognisable and places the collection within an indubitably pioneering parenthesis.
New versions of the 7057 are simultaneously a nod to a glorious heritage and a visionary future. This is a watch that is as traditional as it is innovative and that is one of the reasons why it has made a permanent place for itself in an exclusive circle of iconic fine watchmaking creations. The House of Breguet has introduced three new variants of this illustrious timepiece.
One has an 18-carat red gold case and a 507DR calibre with red gold-plated finish. The other two feature an 18-carat white gold or red gold case housing a movement with a matt grey NAC finish. Surface treatment such as the one featured on these watches deposits a charcoal-grey alloy of precious metals from the platinum family through electroplating.
Each of these three variants showcase the exceptionally high quality the Tradition collection in their own way. Classic or contemporary, all three are representatives of technical architecture and intriguing micromechanics. The construction of these pieces is unique because it displays the arrangement on both sides of the central plate – bridges, gears, escapement and the pare-chute shock absorber all of them shine through in flawless hand-bevelled steel.
Tradition GMT 7067
In accordance with the central theme of the Tradition collection, GMT 7067 brings together all the attributes of a Breguet masterpiece. The delicately fluted caseband, classic Breguet hands with a moon cut into their tips, welded lugs and an engine-turned dial with a secret signature individual number.
The new reference 7067 also comes in a timezone model which international travellers will certainly appreciate. The distinctive architecture of the watch, which reveals the mechanisms movement on the dial side of the baseplate, is commensurate with its ease
operation. A button on the caseband at 10 o’clock sets the timezone, which can be seen on an off-centre dial at 12 o’clock. A second engineturned dial at 8 o’clock shows the reference time with its day/night indicator, alternating between silver and black at 10 o’clock.
The manually wound movement boasts a power reserve of 50 hours and comes fitted into a 40 mm diameter case in rose or white gold.
7097 Tradition Automatique Second Retrograde
The 7097 Retrograde gets its name from the retrograde seconds hand at 10 o’clock, which supplements the hours and minutes shown by the classic and instantly recognisable Breguet hands in blued steel. To maintain the symmetry of the watch, the groundbreaking pare-chute shock absorbing system is located at 4 o’clock.
The Tradition 7097 is a homage to both the subscription and tact watches in the sense that it reveals bridges, wheels, escapement barrel and other components of the movement, which are usually hidden beneath the baseplate. The bridges and the baseplate are peened utilising a decorative technique that requires extraordinary finesse and flawless execution to achieve a smooth and uniform finish.
The gold winding rotor draws inspiration from the age of subscription watches while the dial in silvered gold offset at 12 o’clock is evocative of type of dial Abraham-Louis Breguet made for the tact watches from 1799 onward.
That is not to say that everything about the Retrograde is a throwback the past. Its 40mm case houses a movement with an inverted in-line lever escapement with silicon pallets and a silicon Breguet overcoil balance spring which ensures exceptional stability of rate.
Tradition Fusee Tourbillon 7047 in Pink Gold
Equipped with the technically sophisticated handwound Breguet calibre 569, the 7047 Tourbillon is forwardlooking in its design sensibility where its transparency, contrast and relief combine to breathe life into each every component of the watch.
In terms of its far-reaching technical ability, the power reserve of this watch is the object of a patent application while its yellow gold case holds centuries of exceptional horological expertise.
There are many aspects of the 7047 which evoke Breguet’s earliest works. The upper bridge in titanium and the dial, secured by three blued screws, bring to mind the historic souscription watches designed by A-L Breguet himself.
7077 Tradition Chronograph Independent
A winning combination of progressive technical innovation and incomparable aesthetics, the Chronographe Independent is noted for the symmetry of its design. The engine-turned dial in silvered gold is offset at 12 o’clock while the chronograph hand is fixed at the centre of the watch. The chronograph-activation indicator is at 6 o’clock while two retrograde hands, directly opposite each other at 12 o’clock and 10 o’clock respectively, indicate the power reserve of the watch and the chronograph minutes.
Tradition Dame 7038
A flagship model of the year that went by, the Tradition Dame 7038 was unveiled at Baselworld 2017 and immediately served notice of Breguet’s success in feminising a model whose aesthetic core is built around mechanical horology, a field many consider to be an exclusive male preserve.
Exquisitely crafted with the barrel decorated a rosette motif and overlapped at 12 o’clock by an offset dial in natural white mother-ofpearl, the Tradition Dame features fine, hand-crafted, engine-turned Clous de Paris hobnailing. The bezel is adorned with 68 brilliant cut diamonds which add to the remarkable appeal of this creation.