Watches belonging to the Classique collection are Breguet must-haves. Their timeless aesthetic is a hallmark bound to the prestigious watch brand. However contemporary the motifs adorning the Classique timepieces, they are in fact inspired by the decorative codes applied in the early days of horology. Watch decoration was initially motivated by functional concerns. It served to avoid premature tarnishing and strengthened the inherently fragile nature of clear or polished surfaces eminently vulnerable to nicks, scratches or other external attacks. Today, Breguet makes a point of honour of reproducing these decorative techniques, particularly engine-turning on dials, a field in which the Manufacture enjoys considerable historical legitimacy.
The new Classique 7147, an extremely refined model featuring an entirely engine-turned silvered gold dial, is a remarkable example of this approach. While the main dial motif is “clou de Paris” hob nailing, the offset small seconds subdial at 5 o’clock is enhanced by a cross weave pattern. Hours and minutes are read off by blued steel Breguet hands sweeping over a chapter ring bearing Roman numerals. The Breguet secret signature, a token of authenticity, is engraved on either side of the 12 o’clock numeral.
Available in 18-carat rose or white gold versions, the Classique 7147 houses an ultra-thin mechanical self-winding movement with an off-centred oscillating weight. Its 40 mm-diameter case is fitted with a sapphire crystal caseback providing an opportunity to observe the distinctive technical characteristics of the model, including a Breguet balance-spring and a silicon escapement.
Model: Breguet Classique 7147
18-carat rose gold with delicately fluted case band
Welded lugs with screw bars
Water-resistant to 3 bar (30 m)
Silvered 18-carat gold, engine-turned
Individually numbered and signed Breguet
Hours chapter with Roman numerals
Small seconds offset at 5 o’clock
Breguet open-tipped hands in blued steel
Self-winding movement, numbered and signed Breguet
Cal. 502.3SD. 12 lignes. 35 jewels
45 hours power reserve
Inverted in-line Swiss lever escapement with silicon pallets
Breguet balance-spring in silicon
Balance frequency 3Hz
Adjusted in 6 positions
Also available in 18-carat white gold: Reference 7147BB/12/9WU