As traditional as it is innovative, Breguet’s Tradition is a visionary model that has now entered the very exclusive circle of iconic Fine Watchmaking creations. Three new versions of this timepiece, which has a 40 mm-diameter case middle, are being introduced in 2011.
One has an 18-carat red gold case and a 507DR calibre with red gold-plated finish, the other two have an 18-carat white gold or red gold case housing a movement with a matt grey NAC finish. This type of surface treatment deposits a charcoal-grey alloy of precious metals from the platinum family by electroplating.
Each of these three versions highlights in its own way – whether ultra-modern or more tradition – the technical architecture of this masterpiece of micromechanics; in fact, its construction is unique, as the arrangement on both sides of the central plate shows off almost all of the components – bridges, gears, escapement and the famous “old fashioned” pare-chute shock absorber in hand-bevelled steel.
Case: round, in 18-carat red gold with finely fluted caseband. Sapphire-crystal caseback. Rounded lugs welded to the case, with screw pins securing the strap. 40mm diameter. Water-resistant to 3 bar (30 meters).
Dial: black in gold hand-engraved on a rose engine, off-centred at 12 o’clock. Individually numbered and signed Breguet. Chapter ring with Roman numerals. Open-tipped Breguet hands in sandblasted steel.
Movement: hand-wound, coated with an anthracite grey alloy of platinum-related metals (NAC). Power-reserve indication engraved on the front and back of the movement. Numbered and signed Breguet. Cal. 507DR. 14 ½ lines. 34 jewels. 50-hour power reserve. Swiss straight-line lever escapement. Breguet balance-wheel with 4 regulating screws. Breguet overcoil balance-spring. 3Hz frequency. Adjusted in 5 positions.
Strap in alligator leather.
Also available in red gold with red gold-plated movement (Ref: 7057BR/R9/9W6) and in white gold with NAC movement (Ref : 7057BB/G9/9W6).