The New Breguet Watches 2014 Replica Classique 7787 is a developed taste for sure but, then again, that is just fine. Breguet creates a sufficiently broad array of traditional dress watches, but once you’ve possessed those — or if you’re able to envision what it’d be like to have a safe dress watch — you will likely start to appreciate the quirky-cool models a little more. It’s a watch that is far from ideal by conventional criteria, but it doesn’t seem to have tried to maintain the first place; and I sort of love it because of that. Last, but not least, such quirky designs are in line with lots of the excellent Abraham-Louis’ work too.While most men’s watches Breguet creates are round, the Breguet Heritage 5410 is a rare exception. The reason most observe instances are around is because performers have the easiest time making round-cased watches seem nice. Thus, creating a non-round case such as a thing square, rectangular, otherwise geometric, or tonneau (barrel-shaped) is a unique challenge. The risk is that despite the best efforts these non-round cases will not look attractive… but the benefit of having it right is a truly distinctive wrist-wearing experience which has the potential to be a long-term classic.The Breguet Heritage 5410, that features a tonneau-shaped situation along with identifying Breguet components is a really well made package. Tonneau watches have been in existence for nearly 100 decades, but have most recently become popular thanks to two exceptionally different brands: Franck Muller and Richard Mille. Each of those two companies offers different executions of the same theme – but it is done right in the two instances. Those are actually the exclusion of the norm as, in my opinion, most other tonneau-shaped watches out there are not a perfect strike. The Breguet Heritage 5410, however, is among the rare tonneau watches that I love to wear.
Feel free to disagree, but I find any playfulness in this 7787. Maybe it is in how the circular ends of the main hands clash using the round counterweight of the moments, together with legibility further hindered by the extended “F U” power reserve hand that stretches far too extended round the dial. The entire screen is a playful “so what?!” Kind of item to me — and before you should smash your computer in debate, let me calm your nerves by saying: yes, Breguet does make a vast range of boringly perfect variations in the Classique lineup which do away with all this clutter.However, as this little watch would be peeking out from under a perfectly tailored barbell, following a few months of ownership I could envision many will wish they’d gone for the opinion that had some enjoyable element there on the dial, not only the white plain of tooth to keep everyone happy by seeing you’re a part of this pack, sporting a boring watch.The power reserve is doubly functional as, for some inexplicable reason, the Breguet Classique 7787 provides a measly 38 hours of power reserve. The Breguet 591 DRL quality inside is a mere 11.5 lignes wide — that’s ancient watchmaker lingo for 25.9mm. At just 39mm wide, we are looking at a comparatively small watch with an even smaller movement inside and that, sadly, most of the time means a rather short power reserve. Nevertheless, the smaller motion does have one main remedying variable, and that is the relatively slender case profile it permits for. At only 10.2mm thick, the Breguet Classique 7787 can be a dress watch using the sub-40mm diameter to match. It sits nice and low on the wrist, in spite of all the automatic winding, power reserve, and phase of the moon indication packed between its sapphire front and rear.
Rarely are exceedingly simple watches striking to the point of being obvious but the Breguet Classique 5175 “Ginza Anniversary” certainly is. Its styling also speaks of consumer taste in Japan, which is traditional and proper.
The most unusual quality of the Classique 5175 is the blue grand feu enamel dial. Such dials are almost always white, inevitably beautiful but sometimes too common. Blue is decidedly unusual, and it is a first for Breguet.
The italicised Breguet-style numerals are made of powdered platinum while the hands are rhodium-plated, Breguet-style naturally. And the minute track is comprised of stars and symbols, a detail taken from vintage Breguet pocket watches. Like all other Breguet watches, this has the “secret signature” faintly engraved on the dial at six o’clock.
The watch is a variant of the Classique 5177BB/29/9V6, but what separates the two is that the limited edition has a blue enamel dial sans date display – an crucial improvement for traditionalists (and rendering the movement a separate calibre).
The case is white gold and 38mm in diameter, constructed in the typical Breguet style with narrow welded lugs, a fluted case back and narrow, domed bezel. Inside is the cal. 777J (the suffix is for “Japan”), an automatic movement with a 55-hour power reserve. Like many other Breguet movements, it has a silicon escape wheel, pallet fork and hairspring.
A limited edition of just 10 watches, the Classique 5175 was conceived to mark the 10th year of the Breguet boutique in Ginza, the poshest shopping district in Tokyo. It’s located on the third floor of the grand Nicolas G. Hayek Center, a 14-floor glass edifice with one Swatch Group brand boutique per floor and a restaurant. Designed by renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, the building probably made parent company Swatch Group more money via appreciating real estate values than watch sales.
Price and availability
The Classique 5175 “Ginza Anniversary” is limited to 10 pieces, available only at the Breguet boutique in Ginza, Tokyo. It is priced at ¥3.132m, local tax included, which is equivalent to US$27,800.