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New: Breguet Classique 7137 AND 7337

by Peter Chong on March 17, 2020
Overview
Brand

Breguet Classique 7137 AND 7337

Complication / Type of Watch

Classique 7137 Moon phases and age indicator, Date indicator, Weekday indicator.
Classique 7337 Moon phases and age indicator, Date indicator, Power-reserve indicator.

Recommended Retail Price

Classique 7137 - in rose gold and white gold S$ 57,400
Classique 7337 - in rose gold and white gold S$ 61,800

Breguet has given two iconic models from its Classique collection, the 7137 and the 7337, a new look. These new models come in rose gold with a silvered gold dial and, on a more contemporary note, in white gold with a gold dial in “Breguet blue” color. An embossed moon on a starry sky adds a new dimension to the moon phase display.

Press Release information

With its timeless elegance, the Classique line embodies Breguet style at its purest. The House of Breguet revisits the Classique models 7137 and 7337 – inspired by historic watches – with one of its specialties: traditional engine-turning. On the silvered gold or Breguet blue gold dials, both new models for this year, pattern variations differentiate the reading zones with sophisticated simplicity.

Breguet Classique 7337

Open-tipped Breguet hands and Roman numerals ensure easy readability. 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 case with fluted sides. The leather bracelet is held together by lugs, which are welded for strength and curved for wearing comfort. These 39 mm models are powered by an extra-thin 502.3 caliber with an engine-turned gold rotor.

The origins of the Classique

Simple but elegant, the new Classique 7137 and Classique 7337 wristwatches channel the aesthetic of historic pocket watches created under the direction of Abraham-Louis Breguet and his son. As of 1786, the watchmaker added the art of engine-turning to watchmaking codes, benefiting readability in the process. Perpetuelle No.5 pocket watch, source of inspiration for the Classique 7137 model, features engine-turning patterns as well as an hours chapter with Roman numerals.

Breguet Perpetuelle No.5

A major stylistic innovation, off-center dials were introduced in certain pocket watches around 1812. Quarter-repeating watch No.3833, sold in 1823 and exhibited at the Breguet Museum in Paris, shows an hours chapter at 6 o’clock, topped by a moon-phase indicator at 12 o’clock, a layout that has been adopted by the current Breguet Classique 7337.

Breguet No.3833

From the end of the 1930s, Breguet reintroduced several classic codes of these pocket watches in wristwatches, with engine-turned dials and fluted cases. Breguet confirmed this trend between 1950 and 1970 when it announced the current Classique collection.

With the new Classique 7137 and Classique 7337, Breguet continues to incorporate the timeless codes invented by Abraham-Louis Breguet in today’s watchmaking.

Breguet Classique 7137

The traditional engine-turning crafted by hand finds its full expression in the Classique line. Just like two centuries ago, the artisan uses an engine-turning lathe for circular decorations or a “straight-line machine” for linear designs.

The Classique 7137 features a panier maillé basket weave pattern for the power reserve display, a damier checkerboard pattern for the date display and a clous de Paris hobnailing pattern for the main part of the dial. 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.

The sapphire crystal of the Classique 7137 and the Classique 7337 unveils the extra-thin hand-decorated 502.3 automatic caliber. This movement has a reduced thickness with its open barrel and an offset rotor. This special design makes it possible to distinguish the barrel spring, which is otherwise hidden. The use of a silicon balance spring following recent technological research continues Abraham-Louis Breguet’s quest for precision on a contemporary level.

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 and Clous de Paris hobnailing in the center.

Engraved clouds bordering the lacquered sky of the moon-phase indicator, 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.

Classique 7337 uses the same base movement as the 7137 – the extra-thin hand-decorated 502.3 automatic caliber.

Breguet Classique 7137 Specifications REF. 7137BB/Y5/9VU

Case: round, in 18-carat white gold with finely fluted caseband. Rounded welded lugs with screw bars. Diameter: 39 mm. Thickness 8.65 mm. Sapphire-crystal caseback. Water-resistant to 3 bar (30 meters). Dial: blue, in 18-carat-gold, engine-turned by hand. Individually numbered and signed Breguet. Hours chapter with Roman numerals. Opentipped Breguet hands. Moon phases and age indicator at 2 o’clock. Date indicator at 6 o’clock. Power-reserve indicator between 10 o’clock and 11 o’clock. Movement: mechanical self-winding, extra-thin. Decorated with côtes de Genève, caliber 502.3 DR1. Numbered and signed Breguet. 12 lignes. Thickness 3.65 mm. 37 jewels. 256 components. 45-hour power reserve. 18-carat-gold rotor, engine-turned by hand. Breguet balance wheel. Reverse in-line lever escapement with silicon horns. Flat balance spring in silicon. Frequency 3 hertz. Adjusted in 6 positions.

Also available in 18-carat rose gold with silvered gold dial: Reference 7137BR/15/9VU

Breguet Classique 7337 Specifications REF. 7337BB/Y5/9VU

Case: round, in 18-carat white gold with finely fluted caseband. Rounded welded lugs with screw bars. Diameter 39 mm. Thickness 9.9 mm. Sapphire-crystal caseback. Water-resistant to 3 bar (30 meters). Dial: blue, in 18-carat-gold, engine-turned by hand. Individually numbered and signed Breguet. Offset hours chapter with Roman numerals at 6 o’clock. Open-tipped Breguet hands. Moon phases and age indicator at 12 o’clock. Date indicator at 2 o’clock. Weekday indicator at 10 o’clock. Small seconds at 5 o’clock. Movement: mechanical self-winding, extra-thin. Decorated with côtes de Genève, caliber 502.3 QSE1. Numbered and signed Breguet. 12 lignes. Thickness 3.80 mm. 35 jewels. 236 components. 45-hour power reserve. 18-carat-gold rotor, engine-turned by hand. Breguet balance wheel. Reverse in-line lever escapement with silicon horns. Flat balance spring in silicon. Frequency 3 hertz. Adjusted in 6 positions. Strap: blue alligator leather with white gold folding buckle.

Also available in 18-carat rose gold with silvered gold dial: Reference 7337BR/15/9VU

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