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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

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– 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

Tra­di­tion 7027

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.

Tra­di­tion 7057

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.

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