breguet - Classique 7137 BA
Luc Virginius / Chronopassion
breguet - Classique 7137 BA

Classique 7137 BA

breguet
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34'700 €

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Uncommonly elegant, the Breguet 7137 watch brilliantly expresses a style unswayed by time. It displays the attributes of the brand with studied delicacy, giving pride of place to the work of the master engine-turner, and it is directly inspired by a Breguet icon, the celebrated watch n°5, delivered in 1794 to Count Journiac St. Méard and bought by Nicolas G. Hayek for the Breguet Museum. Breguet’s renowned extra-thin self-winding movement activates the different functions on a silvered gold dial engine -turned by hand. The phases of the moon at 2 o'clock counterbalance the power-reserve indicator located at 10 o'clock; the date is at 6 o'clock, and the central hours and minutes track the circular path of the Breguet hands in blued steel with openworked tips. The decorations illuminate the display of time. While the face dons the traditional engine - turned hobnail pattern, the dates enhance their appearance with a sunburst motif in which each ray points to a date. The 45-hour power-reserve indicator for its part ripples in the light of a flinqué decoration. The hand-engraved mechanism reveals its intricacy through the sapphire-crystal back of the case, which is available in yellow (or white gold).

Technical specifications

Case
  • Yellow gold 39mm
  • Water resistant 30m
  • Sapphire back
Caliber
  • 502.3 DR1 automatic extra thin
  • Silicium spiral
Functions
  • Hours, Minutes, Date, Moon phase, Power reserve indicator
Dial
  • Silvered gold and hand-engraved on a rose engine
Strap
  • Brown alligator

Who's who

It’s a rare occasion: when asked “Why have Breguet at Chronopassion?” Laurent Picciotto is visibly stuck for a quick answer. But the asker scarcely has time to savour his narrow victory before Laurent quickly recovers: “It goes without saying. We can’t do without Breguet. Breguet invented everything – or nearly,” before evening the score with one of his characteristic aphorisms: “beauty is eternal.” The relationship between Chronopassion and Breguet is now firmly established and very promising – but things were not always so. After having been at 271 Rue Saint Honoré for almost a quarter of a century, Breguet suddenly became the focus of special attention a few years ago when a very particular event occurred – the sale of the brand to the Swatch Group. “I stepped back a bit in order to observe what was happening: initially, it seemed to me that the image of the Group and that of the grand old lady of watchmaking were not really compatible,” recalls Laurent Picciotto. Within a few months, however, he was reassured: “Hayek senior adopted Breguet as his baby. He immediately grasped the magnitude and weight of its history. Within two or three years, he clearly stated his desire to develop it, whilst remaining committed to its great tradition. Breguet is not just any old brand. It constitutes a whole swathe of the history of watchmaking in its own right.” The developments undertaken by the Swatch Group were completely consistent with Chronopassion’s approach: preserving capital whilst constantly adding something new, in keeping with the founder’s original wishes. In the end, over the years, Breguet has successfully presented historic yet contemporary watches, at amazingly attractive prices. “Breguet continues to be a benchmark. Its timepieces are quite simply of perfect design. Every register is covered, from ladies’ watches through to military chronographs, raised to new heights by the brand in its approach to the Type 20,” concludes Laurent Picciotto. “Here in the twenty-first century, Breguet is still very much a force to be reckoned with.” Journalist : Olivier Mûller

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