Of the thousands of watches shown at Baselworld, literally nothing looks quite like a Breguet. That is especially so when it comes to the brand’s visually distinct Classique collection which marries the technical complexity of Breguet’s modern movement capability with incredibly ornate, hand-engraved motifs inspired by many of the decorative codes that were once used in the earliest days of watchmaking. Two new models have just joined the Breguet Watch 1775 Replica Classique stable: the three-hand Breguet Classique 7147, and a refresh to the award-winning, time zone-jumping Breguet Classique Hora Mundi 5727.
Now, if you’re just looking to dip a toe into the world of Breguet’s exceptional hand-finishing, the Breguet Classique 7147 might be the best place to start, as it uses many of the same impressive signatures as others in the collection, at a more attainable price. Here, you’ll find the textured “Clous De Paris” or hobnail finishing throughout the center dial, and a cross-woven small seconds subdial at 5:00 – both of which neatly contrast the beautiful heat-blued pomme hands which, nowadays, are more collectively referred to as “Breguet hands” due to their invention by Abraham-Louis Breguet in the late 1700s.
Beneath the dial, the Breguet Classique 7147 is no slouch either – powered by Breguet’s in-house-developed Cal. 502.3SD – an extra-thin 2.4mm movement which carries a number of modern flourishes like a silicon balance spring and lever escapement with silicon pallets. This movement has an operating frequency of 3Hz and affords a power reserve of 45 hours.
Like so many additional Breguet watches, the 7787 accounts its smaller diameter using some unnervingly straight lugs that are just the right length — the designer was able to not make the lugs a compensatory element, something that generally still occurs too frequently on otherwise fine looking instances. As such, the 7787 is a comparatively small view by 21st century view standards, but it still has enough presence to seem elegant — and not apologetic. Most manufacturers tend to struggle greatly either when it comes to making these layouts look great extended to above forty wide — which is merely the character of proportions — or using timid-looking, petite watches rather than This Breguet is neither stretched, nor timid. It is only about right.Breguet hands fulfill Breguet numerals on the dial up and that alone is a good recipe for success. Just these two elements are similar to the touch or a fingerprint of a genius. It is something that has been created centuries ago and has been functioning in excellent harmony since. Kudos to Breguet for not butchering the hands but retaining them the suitable length — public service announcement: hands should at all times reach their respective tracks, not point at them!Things get cluttered when another three indications enter the image — those are the moments hand, the next phase of the moon display, along with also the power reserve indication. Strangely, I don’t mind this unorthodox design to get a dress watch. Dress watches, and particularly the ones that follow the dress watch code as just as this one tries, are more frequently than not worn on dull long days where everyone is wearing the same sort of clothing and shoes and watches and ties and speaking exactly the same type of speak to one another. I understand today somehow it’s hip to wear derby shoes with coaching shoe soles (a vomit-inducing disgrace, in my opinion), so if you’re to play with the “business attire” rule publication, you may as well opt for something that stays classy but also puts a grin on your head every once in a while.
Available in both rose gold or white gold, the 40mm case itself also carries some very nice detailing, like fluting in the caseband and vintage-inspired, welded lugs with screwed bars which complete the look. Granted, 40mm is arguably quite large for a watch of this design intent, but it also reflects a commitment of sorts – like the movement within the watch – to not only honor the past, but to embrace the future of watchmaking as well.
However, the real star of the 2016 Breguet Watches Malaysia Replica Classique additions would have to be the Breguet Classique Hora Mundi 5727 – successor to 2011’s award-winning Breguet Hora Mundi that took home a truckload of top prizes for its impressive technical achievement. The Breguet Classique Hora Mundi was, and still is, unique in that it was the first mechanical watch with an instant-jump time zone display that synchronized all the other indicators on the dial – including the date, 24-hour indicator, and city indications, all at the push of a button at the 8:00 position on the 43mm white gold case.
This time around, though, the Breguet Classique Hora Mundi 5727 forgoes the North America map motif on the dial in favor of much of the same case detailing and white gold dial finishing on the Breguet Classique 7147 – ultra-classic design language that many fans could probably agree feels yet more Breguet, if that were even possible. Obviously, the biggest differences with this watch lie in its Cal. 77F0 movement, which enables the wearer to simultaneously “jump” four different functions at once, ensuring a perfect synch between home time and another time zone anywhere in the world. The Cal. 77F0 operates at 4Hz and has a power reserve of 55 hours.
The more affordable Breguet Classique 7147 has a price of $21,000 in rose gold and $21,500 in white gold. The Breguet Classique Hora Mundi 5727 is $68,600 in rose gold and $69,100 in white gold. breguet.com