BREGUET CLASSIQUE

The new Breguet Classique 7147 is one of those emblematic models, imbued with a blend of classicism and tradition, that only Breguet is capable of producing. It is distinguished by all the refined details composing the identity of the Manufacture since 1775. As on many historical models, the dial of this new creation is made of Grand Feu enamel, a magnificent artistic craft. Although known since ancient times, enameling was only widely applied to horology from the Renaissance onwards.

This extremely complex ornamental technique has remained virtually unchanged since. It is based on a colorless vitreous mixture – called flux – composed of silicic acid, sodium borate, nitre and minium. The flamboyant and ageless colors of enamel are achieved by adding metallic oxides to this combination. The result is subsequently crushed to a powder and humidified to form a paste called barbotine (slip). The latter is applied in successive layers to a metal disc repeatedly fired in a kiln heated to more than 800°C. This process continues until the dial has attained a radiant whiteness and glowing texture.

Then comes the transferring of the famous slender, dainty yet legible Breguet numerals, embodying an inestimably precious horological heritage and reminiscent of the early watches and clocks from the House. Hours and minutes are indicated by traditional blued steel Breguet hands with an offset open tip, complemented by the small seconds discreetly sweeping around a 5 o’clock sub dial. The splendor of this Classique 7147 is also reflected in its movement, plainly visible through a sapphire crystal case back and graced with Côtes de Genève and Clous de Paris hobnailing.

Available in rose gold and white gold versions, this model houses Calibre 502.3SD, equipped with a balance spring in silicon and an inverted in-line lever escapement with horns made of silicon – an extremely light material notably renowned for its non-magnetic properties. It endows the Classique 7147 with remarkable performance and reliability.

The watch case is made from 18k white gold with a delicately fluted case band. The watch features a sapphire-crystal case back and the diameter of the watch measures 40mm. The watch is water resistant to 30 meters and is fitted with an alligator leather strap with gold pin buckle.

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