Philippine Daily Inquirer

Breguet’s new Clas­sique watches

The Breguet Clas­sique Ref. 5177BR/29/9V6 and the Breguet Clas­sique Phase De Lune Dame Ref. 9087BR/29/964

- By Paul John Caña

Vacheron Con­stantin is in­tro­duc­ing two new mod­els in its Over­seas col­lec­tion, which is tar­geted specif­i­cally for trav­el­ers. The first is the Over­seas dual time, which pro­vides si­mul­ta­ne­ous read­ing of two time zones. The hours hand in­di­cates the lo­cal time zone cor­re­spond­ing to the trav­eller’s cur­rent lo­ca­tion, while the hand tipped with a tri­an­gu­lar ar­rows shows the time in a ref­er­ence time zone

The time­piece’s 12-hour dis­play, ad­justable via the crown in both di­rec­tions, is com­ple­mented by a day/night in­di­ca­tion set to home time, as well as a pointer-type date dis­play syn­chro­nized with lo­cal time. It has a 234-com­po­nent move­ment, os­cil­lat­ing at a fre­quency of 4 Hz and en­dowed with a com­fort­able 60- hour power re­serve thanks to its twin bar­rel, and is housed in a 41 mm-di­am­e­ter steel case that is wa­ter-re­sis­tant to 150 me­ters.

The Over­seas dual time is avail­able in stain­less steel with a blue or sil­ver-toned lac­quered dial, or in 18 carats 5N pink gold with a sil­ver-toned dial. The steel ver­sion with a stain­less steel bracelet fea­tures a half Mal­tese cross-shaped polished and satin-brushed links, com­plete with a com­fort-ad­just­ment sys­tem. The watch is de­liv­ered with two ad­di­tional al­li­ga­tor leather and rub­ber straps match­ing the shade of the dial and fit­ted with an equally in­ter­change­able stain­less steel part.

Mean­while, the Over­seas ul­tra-thin per­pet­ual cal­en­dar is one of the slimmest in the mar­ket, with an 18-carat 5N pink gold case mea­sur­ing just 8.1 mm thick. The time­piece houses the Vacheron Con­stantin Cal­iber 1120 QP/1, an ul­tra-thin me­chan­i­cal self-wind­ing move­ment that pow­ers a per­pet­ual cal­en­dar and moon phase in­dica- tions. A true feat of minia­tur­iza­tion, the barely 4.05-mm thick move­ment com­prises 276 parts that keeps track of cal­en­dar ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties with no need for cor­rec­tion un­til the year 2100.

The case, which mea­sures 41.5 mm in di­am­e­ter and wa­ter­re­sis­tant to 50 me­ters, frames a translu­cent sil­ver-toned lac­quered dial punc­tu­ated by 18carat gold hands and hour­mark­ers high­lighted with lu­mi­nes­cent ma­te­rial. The tran­sparent sapphire crystal case­back re­veals a 22-carat os­cil­lat­ing weight adorned with a wind rose.

En­dowed with an ap­prox­i­mately 40-hour power re­serve, the time­piece drives the hours and min­utes, per­pet­ual cal­en­dar—day of the week, date, month and leap year on a 48month counter—as well as moon-phase func­tions.

The watch is se­cured by in- ter­change­able 18-carat 5N pink gold fold­ing clasp, while the equally in­ter­change­able dark blue al­li­ga­tor or rub­ber straps pro­vide a stylish way of accentuati­ng the re­fine­ment of the model.

The new Over­seas time­pieces are char­ac­ter­ized by com­fort and user-friend­li­ness. They are both stylish and tech­ni­cally com­plex while ex­ud­ing an aura of un­der­stated dis­tinc­tion.

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The Over­seas dual time is avail­able in stain­less steel with a blue or sil­ver-toned lac­quered dial
 ??  ?? The Over­seas ul­tra-thin per­pet­ual cal­en­dar is one of the slimmest in the mar­ket, mea­sur­ing just 8.1mm thick.
The Over­seas ul­tra-thin per­pet­ual cal­en­dar is one of the slimmest in the mar­ket, mea­sur­ing just 8.1mm thick.
 ??  ?? The Over­seas dual time comes with an al­li­ga­tor leather and a rub­ber strap match­ing the shade of the dial aside from the in­ter­change­able stain­less steel bracelet.
The Over­seas dual time comes with an al­li­ga­tor leather and a rub­ber strap match­ing the shade of the dial aside from the in­ter­change­able stain­less steel bracelet.
 ??  ?? The Over­seas per­pet­ual cal­en­dar in al­li­ga­tor leather strap.
The Over­seas per­pet­ual cal­en­dar in al­li­ga­tor leather strap.

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