breguet - La Tradition Fusee Tourbillon
Luc Virginius / Chronopassion
breguet - La Tradition Fusee Tourbillon

La Tradition Fusee Tourbillon

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Breguet timepiece 7047 features a spectacular tourbillon mechanism coupled to a fusee-and-chain transmission. It incorporates the Breguet 569 handwound caliber, whose technical qualities speak for themselves. The movement’s many unique features include its power-reserve indicator for which a patent application has been filed. Positioned at 10 o’clock, it is located directly on the barrel drum (the movement’s power source) and features a system of reducer differentials allowing the indication to appear directly on the drum. The latter’s large dimensions furthermore enabled watchmakers to fit it with two barrels, increasing the amount of energy stores and provides. The fusee-and-chain transmission is designed to optimize watch-rate regularity by ensuring a constant torque whatever the actual degree of winding tension. Unquestionably a harbinger of things to come, the Tradition 7047 timepiece nonetheless embodies a full measure of Breguet’s product identity. Inspired by the first tourbillon-equipped pocket watches of the early 19th century, it includes such signature features as caseband fluting, round-ended welded lugs and blued-steel Breguet hands.

Technical specifications

Case
  • Yellow gold 41mm
  • Water resistant 30m
Caliber
  • Breguet Cal. 569 mechanical manual
  • Breguet spiral in silicium
Functions
  • Hours, Minutes, 60-second tourbillon, Power reserve indicator
Dial
  • Excentered silvered gold
Bracelet
  • Brown alligator
Special
  • The spectacular tourbillon mechanism coupled to a fusee-and-chain transmission

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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