Our David Bredan lately visited Breguet’s manufacture in Switzerland and reports on the remarkable area full of “turning engines” which produces these dials. They are operated by hand and need delicate finesse and years of training to get the effect right. You can observe a blend of techniques and patterns on the dial of this Breguet Heritage 5410, including a lovely wave-style pattern on the periphery of the main round dial to help fill out the tonneau-shaped dial window.Like I said, I am sure not everyone will like this dial layout, but I personally think it’s beautiful. Breguet uses slightly larger than anticipated blued-steel pomme-style hands that look great. Additionally, this is one of the rare instances where luminant is used on the palms in a non-sports watch by the brand. Combining some Art Deco themes with the distinctive Breguet brand DNA, the Breguet Heritage 5410 case and dial is something rare and cool in the brand.A trade-off of the curved caseback seems to be the omission of a exhibition display caseback, that is a bit of a shame. Breguet finishes their watches and moves so well it may be considered disappointing to not see the movement. Inside the watch is your in-house-made Breguet grade 516GG, which is an automatic operating at 4Hz (28,800 bph) with 65 hours of power reserve. The balance spring is produce from silicon, typical of many contemporary Breguet calibers – which contributes to general performance and precision over time.Attached to the Heritage 5410 is a black or brown alligator strap fitted into a fitting gold deployant clasp. There’s a slightly sporty yet old-world regality into a bit like this Breguet that I feel ought to help it appeal to the right sort of buyer able to both afford its cost, and also to regularly pull it off as part of the lifestyle. Price for its Breguet Heritage 5410 reference 5410BR/12/9VV at 18k rose gold is $27,700 while the reference 5410BB/12/9VV in 18k white gold is $28,700.
A two-day event dedicated to Breguet took place last week in Manila, organised by the watch retailer Lucerne, with SJX as the guest speaker. The purpose of the event was to detail Breguet’s unparalleled status as one of the most important historical names in watchmaking, while today being a manufacturer of exceptionally innovative, even cutting edge, complications.
Over 50 key clients of Lucerne and two dozen journalists attended the three sessions, hosted by Ivan and Emerson Yao. The brothers run Lucerne, the Philippines’ leading retailer of fine watches. They were joined by Martin Ganz, Breguet’s Vice President for Hong Kong and Taiwan, and Mike Lou, the watchmaker’s PR consultant in Hong Kong.
Each session opened with a 30-minute talk by SJX in two parts. First was telling the stories that fill Breguet’s past, like the saga of the Marie Antoinette pocket watch stolen by an international thief.
That was followed with a rundown of the brand’s crucial complications, including the landmark Classique Chronometrie 7727 and ingenious Tradition Chronographe 7077, which are amongst the most technically interesting wristwatches on the market today, but not widely appreciated or understood.
The Breguet showcase was the first event of its kind organised by Lucerne, but it won’t be the last. According to Emerson Yao, the retailer plans to repeat such events to further enhance knowledge and appreciation of mechanical watchmaking in the Philippines.