The idea for the creation of the new Classique collection goes back to the 18th century when the brand introduced the perpetual calendar function to its watches, popularly known as perpétuelle watches, combined with the automatic calibre movement using an à secousses or an oscillating weight. The new Classique Quantième Perpétuel 7327, created in white gold and rose gold versions, is the brand’s tribute to the mechanism and its success in the 1780s.
The 39mm 18K gold case is complemented with a silvered gold dial that features the hand-engraving on the rose engine dial, one of Breguet’s popular crafts from the early 19th century, with Clous de Paris hobnail pattern. On the dial, the blued steel hands with “moon” tips can be seen. With regards to the complications, one can see the moonphase indicator between 1 and 2 o’clock with the blue lacquer-coated sky. In the first quarter of the dial, between 9 and 12 o’clock, the months are represented with a retrograde hand. The 6 o’clock shows the date and the 4 o’clock shows the day, which is set with a corrector stylus. The secret Breguet signature can be found between 11 and 12 o'clock and between 12 and 1 o'clock.
On looking through the sapphire caseback, it is evident that the watchmaker has put the essence of the craftsmanship it is so renowned for, into the movement as well. The gold case of the watch houses the 502.3.P movement, which is an extended version of the Calibre 502 combined with a calendar feature. On the oscillating weight, the hand engraving is done over the rose engine and features a circular barleycorn motif, while the Côtes de Genève pattern adorns the bridges and some other components of the calibre finished with chamfered edges. The movement drives the watch at a frequency of 3Hz and offers about 45 hours of power reserve.
The watch is water-resistant up to 30 metres and comes with an alligator leather strap with a folding clasp, a blue strap with the white gold version and a brown one with the rose gold version.
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