With its exquisite timepieces, the Breguet Classique collection is synonymous with accuracy and aesthetic perfection. Now the time-honored Swiss manufacture launches a new family member that would have made Abraham-Louis Breguet proud: the Classique Calendar 7337, which blends purity and refinement in a notably contemporary fashion. The watch which is available in pink and white gold features a full calendar whose indications are beautifully displayed on the wide dial which is highlighted by two different guilloché patterns that were hand engraved with the help of a rose engine by the brands artisans.
Its off-centered dial with traditional blued steel open-tipped Breguet hands is adorned with a very fine Clous de Paris hobnail guilloché. The outer dial features a circular barleycorn motif. The moon-phase indication is likewise a handicraft gem. The gold moon disc is hand-hammered and the clouds surrounding it have been given a fine sandblasted treatment with a matt texture. Its sky is coated with a blue lacquer composed of spangles subtly revealing the stars depending on the angle from which the timepiece is viewed. The date and weekday indications are respectively placed at 2 and 10 o’clock and shown off through two windows with a broad aperture for enhanced readability.
At the heart of the 39mm cases beats Calibre 502, which is one of Breguet’s thinnest movements at just 2.4mm thick. Its design was conceived to provide a high level of performance despite its slenderness. Its barrel is open in order to enhance this slim aesthetic while guaranteeing constant energy and performance. Its oscillating weight is off-centered to provide maximum space for the main movement elements and is thus integrated within a minimum thickness.
Rhodium-plated, the self-winding movement consists of 236 components and is equipped with a silicon balance-spring as well as an escapement featuring an inverted straight-line pallet-lever with silicon horns. Silicon boasts multiple properties. In addition to being resistant to corrosion and wear, it is insensitive to the influence of magnetic fields and improves the precision of the timepiece.
The refined decorations and finishings of the movement come to life through the sapphire caseback. While the white gold oscillating weight is hand-engraved on a rose engine with a circular barleycorn pattern, the other components display chamfered finishes and a Côtes de Genève motif.
Both editions of the Breguet Classique Calendar 7337 are attached to alligator leather straps and retail for $43,000.
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