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breguet - Breguet Tradition GMT

Breguet Tradition GMT

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Tradition GMT

 

Breguet first introduced the 7027 Tradition in 2005, it was the first of its wristwatches to reveal the movement mechanics on the dial side of the mainplate. The Tradition has since become a signature piece within the brand. Now, at the last Baselworld 2012, they have introduced a new GMT version.
The new Tradition 7067 GMT keeps the aesthetics of the original model, but now has a single button operated second timezone function. The home time (current timezone) is displayed at 12 o'clock, with the reference time (2nd timezone) being displayed at 8 o'clock. The reference time also features a useful day/night indicator at 10 o'clock which allows you to quickly see if it is day or night at your reference timezone.
The additional functionality of the 7067 Tradition is very useful, but it would be pointless if it takes away from from the aesthetics. True to the original, the anthracite balance-wheel sits in plain view at 4 o'clock, allowing the wearer and any onlookers to see the heart of the watch as it oscillates at a frequency of 3Hz (or 21,600 vph).
 

Technical specifications

 

Reference
 
  • 7067BB (white) or BR (pink)
 
Case
 
  • in 18-carat rose or white  gold with fine fluting on the caseband.
  • Sapphire-crystal caseback.
  • 40 mm diameter.
  • Welded lugs with rounded ends and screw bars.
  • Water resistant to 3 bar (30 m).
 
Dial
 
  • 
Dials in 18-carat gold, engine turned by hand.
  • Silvered dial for the second timezone off-centre at 12 o'clock.
  • Black-coated dial for the reference time at 8 o'clock.
  • Individually numbered and signed BREGUET.
  • Hours chapter with Roman numerals.
  • Day/night indicator for the reference time at 10 o'clock.
  • Balance at 4 o'clock.
  • Open-tipped BREGUET hands in polished steel. 

 
Movement
 
  • hand-wounded with anthracite-grey surface treatment.
  • Numbered and signed BREGUET.
  • Caliber : 507 DRF. 14½ lignes. 40 jewels.
  • 50-hour power-reserve indicator at the back of the watch.
  • Inverted in-line lever escapement in silicon.
  • Breguet balance-spring in silicon.
  • 3 Hz balance frequency.
  • Adjusted in 6 positions

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 Müller
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