Breguet: New Classique 7137 & Classique 733717 March 2020
Inspired by the historic watches of the Brand, Breguet revisits the Classique models 7137 and 7337 with one of its specialties: traditional engine-turning. True to its traditions dating back to the end of the eighteenth century, Breguet adds the individual number of the watch to the dial, and engraves a secret signature there too. The Classique models have a slender 39mm case in gold with fluted sides, open-tipped Breguet hands and Roman numerals. The extra-thin Calibre 502.3 that animates these models is decorated with Côtes de Genève and with an engine-turned gold rotor.
Breguet Classique 7137
The Classique 7137 features a gold dial with panier maillé basket weave pattern for the power reserve display between 10 and 11 o’clock, a damier checkerboard pattern for the date display at 6 o’clock and a clous de Paris hobnailing pattern for the main part of the dial. Moon phases and age indicator are at 2 o’clock. The dial of the white gold version is in Breguet blue color. In the rose gold version, the dial color is created using silver powder and a soft brush.
Breguet Classique 7337
The dial of the Classique 7337 features delicate patterns: circular grain d’orge barley grain for the edges of the hours chapter, damier checkerboard for the small seconds at 5 o’clock and Clous de Paris hobnailing in the center. Engraved clouds bordering the lacquered sky of the moon-phase indicator at 12 o’clock, dotted with sparkles, are evocative of the Milky Way. Breguet has remodeled the golden disc depicting the moon in shiny relief and matte grooves. At 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock, two apertures, with shapes reminiscent of those of historic models such as pocket watch No.3833, show the day and the date.
On the back of both models, a sapphire crystal unveils the extra-thin hand-decorated 502.3 automatic caliber. This movement has a reduced thickness “3,80mm” with its open barrel and an offset rotor. This special design makes it possible to distinguish the barrel spring, which is otherwise hidden.