In 2008, Breguet introduced a new way of designing minute repeaters, fitting them with re-engineered movements incorporating new materials and featuring innovative positions for the gongs, gong rests and hammers. This patented technique is now available in Breguet minute repeater ref. 7639. The 44.5 mm case houses a minute repeater movement, but some might say the real treasure is on the outside. The 18K white gold case is set with 178 baguette-cut diamonds totaling 11.81 carats. The 18K gold dial is set with 392 princess-cut diamonds that are mounted upside down. The crown is set with one diamond weighing .46 carats. Even the folding buckle is set with 42 diamonds. If you’re keeping score, ref. 7639 carries diamonds totaling about 18 carats. The hand-wound movement, visible through the clear sapphire case back, is engraved by hand with a unique musical decoration. Priced at SFr. 1 million.
Ref. 7639BB/6D/9XV DD0D
Case: round in 18K white gold fully set with baguette-cut diamonds. Rounded horns welded to the case, screw pins securing the strap. Setting: bezel, lugs, caseband, repeating-slide and crown set with 178 baguette-cut diamonds totalizing approx. 11.18 carats. Crown also set with one diamond (approx. 0.46 cts). Diameter 44.5 mm. Sapphire-crystal caseback.
Dial: in 18K gold, entirely paved with 392 princess-cut diamonds set in an invisible way with up side down gemstones. Individually numbered and signed BREGUET. Open-tipped BREGUET hands in blued steel.
Movement: hand-wound, with minute repeater, entirely engraved by hand with musical decoration. Numbered and signed BREGUET. 12 ½ lines. 31 jewels. Cal. 567/2. 40-hour power-reserve. Straight-line lever escapement. 2.5Hz balance-wheel with load screws. BREGUET overcoil. Adjusted in 5 positions.
Folding clasp in white gold set with 42 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 0.89 cts).