This year the brand shows all of its watchmaking expertise with a range of new watches bearing very different styles. From straightforward classical styles to complicated ones, Bréguet does it all. While the styles and tastes might differ, one thing remains consistent : Breguet’s craftsmanship.
From the simple elegance of the new Breguet Classique 7147…
The brand offers a new version of the Classique 7147 and pays tribute to a magnificent artistic craft, enamelling. The silvery guilloché dial and roman numerals of the previous model make way for a simpler design with slender Breguet numerals on a shiny white dial and an off-centered small seconds subdial at 5 o’clock.
Please note that even though the watch may look simple, the process used to create the “Grand Feu” enamel is anything but simple. It requires a great deal of expertise and many complex steps to achieve this beautiful result. Breguet even adds a unique feature to this one-piece dial as the small seconds subdial is below the rest of the dial. It is somehow sinking down into it without any breaks between the two, and looks like a delicately frozen liquid.
This new Classique 7147 embarks the usual and reliable Calibre 502.3SD with a 45-hour power reserve. Prices should be around $21,000 for the white gold case and $21,500 for the rose gold one. More about this watch here.
…to the many complications of the new Marine Équation Marchante 5887
On the opposite side of this new Classique, stands the new Marine Équation Marchante 5887. After displaying a rather minimalistic and simple design, the brand showcases its mechanical skills and achieves quite a feat with this new “Grande Complication”. It includes one of the rarest and most fascinating horological complication, the equation of time. This complication serves to display the difference between mean solar time, corresponding to civil or standard hours and minutes, and true solar time, meaning the actual solar hours and minutes. If man simplified time by spliting it into even 24-hour days, the sun is actually not that consistent. This may result in a discrepancy between mean solar time and true solar time ranging from -16 minutes to +14 minutes.
Again, Breguet chose to go even further here and differentiate themselves even more. Most equation of time models require the user to mentally add or subtract the difference displayed in relation to mean time in order to calculate true solar time. No need for that here as this piece simultaneously indicates civil time and true time by means of two separate minutes hands.
On top of this, this watch also includes a perpetual calendar with two apertures – one between 10 and 11 o’clock and the other between 1 and 2 o’clock – respectively displaying the days of the week as well as the months and the leap-year cycle. The date appears inside the chapter ring by means of a retrograde anchor-looking hand. Finally, a 60-second tourbillon at 5 o’clock completes this impressive mechanism. Did we mention that the watch offers an 80-hours power reserve and fits into a 43,9 mm case ? Well, it does. More information here. Price upon request.