Breguet expands the Tradition line, which draws its inspiration directly from the caliber of an eighteenth century subscription watch, by adding a new retrograde date model. Two variants are available: in White gold and in Rose gold.
The Breguet Tradition Quantième Retrograde 7597 model offers an open view of the movement with all its architectural shapes and shows not only the hours and minutes but retrograde date.
The Tradition collection actually takes its inspiration from one of the most significant pieces of Breguet’s history: the subscription watch. Purposefully simple and stripped back, its fully visible movement unveils a perfectly symmetrical design.
In the new Tradition 7597 model, it also features a retrograde date display, a complication that the watchmaker was one of the first to develop, and which it has bestowed on some of its most famous creations.
Adjusted in a fluted white or rose gold 40 mm case, the 505Q self-winding caliber is equipped with a reverse in-line lever escapement with silicon horns, as well as a Breguet balance spring also in silicon.
The gold rotor visible through the transparent caseback is reminiscent of that of the Perpetuelles, or first self-winding watches, further testimony to the ingenuity of the master watchmaker.
Positioned in the center, the large barrel is topped by a symmetrically arranged gear train. As such, the center wheel at 8 o’clock triggers the oscillating mechanism of the same size at 4 o’clock. This is equipped with the famous pare-chute invented by the master watchmaker, the ancestor of all today’s anti-shock mechanisms, and signature element of the Tradition collection.
Another specific feature is the hour and minute dial that, eccentrically positioned at
12 o’clock and made of gold, is inspired by that of certain Breguet tact watches. As such, the new Tradition 7597 features an hours chapter with Roman numerals, bordered by a delicate engine-turned Clous de Paris pattern, which serves as a backdrop for blued Breguet hands.
In the interests of balance, a retrograde date section is positioned between the 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock and a skillfully curved hand indicates the date moving in the vertical plane, fitting in with the ultra-architectural movement.
A patented mechanism provides for a fine adjustment of the date hand. The latter is multi-tiered, allowing it to fly over the movement components. At 10 o’clock, a screw-in corrector allows users to set the date safely.
Model: Breguet Tradition Quantième Rétrograde 7597
18-carat white gold with finely fluted caseband
Diameter: 40 mm. Welded lugs with screw bars
Pushbutton for correcting the date at 10 o’clock
Water resistant to 3 bar (30 meters)
Engine-turned by hand, 18-carat silvered gold, at 12 o’clock
Individually numbered and signed Breguet
Hours chapter with Roman numerals
Open-tipped Breguet hands in blued steel
Mechanical self-winding movement, numbered and signed Breguet
50-hour power reserve
Retrograde date indicated with blued-steel hand
Gold rotor in the style of historic movements
Reverse in-line lever escapement with silicon horns
Breguet balance spring in silicon
Frequency 3 hertz
Adjusted in 6 positions
Alligator leather with white gold folding buckle
18-carat rose gold: Reference 7597BR/G1/9WU