Breguet Classique Dame 9068 with Mother-of-Pearl Dial

Presented for the first time with a natural mother-of-pearl dial, the Classique 9068 emphasizes the style of Breguet’s watchmaking art.

The dial of the new Classique model comes alive with white mother-of-pearl on a fine rose or white gold case. 88 brilliant-cut diamonds illuminate the gold of the bezel and lugs of the bracelet. The model beats to the rhythm of a self-winding manufacture caliber with the second hand in the center and the date window at 3 o’clock.

As a young watchmaker from Switzerland, Abraham-Louis Breguet moved to Paris, setting up his workshop on the Quai de l’Horloge, in 1775. The Breguet Museum at Place Vendôme, the Musée des Arts et des Métiers, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, and the Louvre exhibit many creations by A.-L. Breguet.

Watch No. 3023, a small, quarter-repeating watch sold to the Duchess of Wellington in 1817, is on display at the Louvre. Two centuries apart, the same style continues to inspire the new Classique line of Breguet.

In 1783, for example, Abraham-Louis Breguet designed slender, open-tipped hands for improved readability. These characteristic hands are found on the dial of the Breguet Classique 9068 – blued or in rose gold, depending on the model.

Always concerned with improving readability, Breguet chose to use Roman hour markers. A guillochage border, a specialty of the House of Breguet, subtly highlights the hours chapter. Finally, the dial also displays the name Breguet, as well as the individual number of the watch.

The owner of the watch can have her name added to the Breguet register, which was started in the 1780s and has been updated continuously since, together with the description of her watch.

The Breguet Classique 9068 watch is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, the 591A. This caliber is in line with the self-winding watches developed by A.-L. Breguet.

The sapphire-crystal caseback reveals the oscillating weight in rose or white gold, depending on the model, and hand-engraved on a rose engine. Thanks to the talent of the artisans of the House of Breguet, experts in anglage, circular graining, and the cotes de Geneve, the caliber has been entirely decorated.

The 18 ct gold watch case comes with fluted sides in the Breguet style. The crown – capped with a blue cabochon-cut sapphire or a ruby – is also fluted to ensure a better grip. The leather bracelet is secured by lugs, welded for strength and curved for wearing comfort.

Technical details

Model: Breguet Classique Dame 9068 White Gold
Ref. 9068BB/52/976 DD00

Case
18-karat white gold with delicately fluted caseband
Bezel and lugs inlaid with 88 brilliant-cut diamonds (approximately 0.606 carats)
Crown set with a blue sapphire
Sapphire-crystal caseback
Diameter: 33.50 millimeters
Thickness: 7.55 millimeters
Welded lugs with screw bars
Water-resistant to 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
White mother-of-pearl
Individually numbered and signed Breguet
Hours chapter with Roman numerals
Second hand in the center, and date at 3 o’clock
Date window in white gold
Open-tipped Breguet hands in blued steel

Movement
Self-winding mechanical movement
Numbered and signed Breguet
Caliber 591A
11½ lignes
25 jewels
38-hour power reserve
187 components
Silicon in-line Swiss lever escapement
Balance spring in silicon
Frequency: 4 hertz
Adjusted in 6 positions

Leather strap
Dark blue satin effect alligator leather strap with white gold pin buckle.

Model: Breguet Classique Dame 9068 Rose Gold
REF. 9068BR/52/976 DD00

Case
18-karat rose gold with delicately fluted caseband
Bezel and lugs inlaid with 88 brilliant-cut diamonds (approximately 0.606 carats)
Crown set with a ruby
Sapphire-crystal caseback
Diameter: 33.50 millimeters
Thickness: 7.55 millimeters
Welded lugs with screw bars
Water-resistant to 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
White mother-of-pearl
Individually numbered and signed Breguet
Hours chapter with Roman numerals
Second hand in the center, and date at 3 o’clock
Date window in rose gold
Open-tipped Breguet hands in rose gold

Movement
Caliber 591A
Self-winding mechanical movement
Numbered and signed Breguet
11½ lignes
25 jewels
38-hour power reserve
187 components
Silicon in-line Swiss lever escapement
Balance spring in silicon
Frequency: 4 hertz
Adjusted in 6 positionS

Strap
Taupe satin effect alligator leather strap with rose gold pin buckle