– There are innumerable firsts that can be attributed to the House of Breguet and its illustrious founder is giving time a sound of its own
There are innumerable firsts that can be attributed to the House of Breguet and its illustrious founder and probably one of the most outstanding of them is giving time a sound of its own
Taken in absolute isolation, a fine watch would stand as a representation of the watchmaker’s skill master of technology. Someone who utilised the cutting-edge scientific know-how at his or her disposal to create an instrument that drew accolades because of its superior ability to tell time. However, as we all know, a great watch is much more than pieces of machinery working together in perfect harmony. It is the culmination point of the best of technology and unmatched aesthetics which imbues it with an appeal that transcends time itself.
Abraham-Louis Breguet understood this well and that is why every single piece which bears his name is an abiding story of ground-breaking technological innovation and elegance which is nothing short of eternal. But A-L Breguet goes even further. He gave time a hitherto unknown dimension-he made time musical.
As horology progressed to explore newer areas, watchmakers began equipping their creations with the ability to count out time audibly. Some utilised bells to achieve this, which was bulky and cumbersome while others deployed tiny hammers to tap on the case back to tell time. Needless to say, the results were far from pleasant to the ear.
Abraham-Louis Breguet surmounted this problem forever in 1783 by fitting his ground-breaking watches with circular metallic rings on which the hammers would strike creating a melodious chime. It was just one of the many ways in which the master innovator completely transformed the art of watchmaking and gave time a sound of its own.
Classique Grande Complication 7637 Minute Repeater
There is no doubt about the fact that the minute repeater holds an exalted position in the horological universe because there are very few in this world who have the skills required to fit and adjust the delicate parts that go into the making of a minute repeater.
The House of Breguet, in its constant quest for innovation, perfected a new way of designing and fitting these parts which also featured innovative positions for the gongs, gong rests and hammers. This patented technique powers the Classique Grande Complication which features a crystal clear sound that has never been heard before in any repeater without chimes.
The Classique Grande 7637 comes in 18k silver and rose gold finish and boasts a clear sapphire case back which displays the watch’s hand wound movement.
Classique Grande Complication 7639 Haute Joaillerie Minute Repeater
Often labelled the ‘senior’ companion piece to the 7637 Minute Repeater, the Classique Grande Complication 7639 augments sonority of the watch by adding the prestige of baguette diamonds to minute repeater function. The purity and hardness of diamonds reduces vibration loss to a minimum which gives the 7639 a beautifully pure sound that would delight any connoisseur of chiming Grande Horlogerie.
Classique 5447 Minute Repeater & Perpetual Calendar
A masterpiece of technical ingenuity and harmony, the new Classique 5447 has created a place for itself in the coveted circle of Grande Complications thanks to the several stunning aspects that come encased in its white or pink gold costume. One such aspect is the rich tone of its sound which is a direct result of the unceasing work at the R&D department of Montres Breguet. Utilising psycho-acoustic tests and analyses that have served to fine-tune clarity and sound resolution, the Classique 5447 is a timeless creation.
Pocket Watch 1907 Tourbillon & Grand Strike
Before we go any further into details that make the Pocket Watch 1907 assume one of the highest titles amongst Grandes Complications, here is a significant fact. The yellow-gold case of the watch is made of two secret covers. One hides the face and the other covers the movement assembly. These covers are adorned with a barleycorn pattern and there is only one craftsman in the world today who knowns how to execute this extraordinary masterpiece.
If that were not indication enough of the exclusivity of this creation, the Pocket Watch 1907 has been the subject of two patents which is evidence enough of Breguet’s willingness and ability to carry on the legacy of its illustrious founder.