2020 Novelties. Breguet La Tradition Seconde Retrograde 7038 ( for ladies ) and 7097 ( for men ).

Jun 30, 2020,01:18 AM

2 new La Tradition are born. Well, two new versions of the La Tradition Seconde Retrograde, to be precise. 

One for ladies, the Reference 7038, in rose gold ( 37 mm case ) with a fluted bezel paved with diamonds and a ruby on the crown. 

The dial is guilloché, tahitian mother of pearl, with open tipped hands. 

The retrograde second is very discrete and doesn't overlap the sublime dial. 

The movement is the Cal 505 SR, 14 lignes and a half big, automatic, with a more conventional rotor. The power reserve is 50 hours, made of 216 parts and beating at 3 Hertz. Silicon is used for the lever escapement horns and the balance spring. 

A last superb detail and a great idea: Breguet opted for a clutch bag as a watch case. Excellent, and I hope to see something similar for men!

The other La Tradition Seconde Retrograde is for men, with a 40 mm case in white gold. 

Here, the blue dial is made of gold, with roman numbers, guilloché. The Seconde Retrograde overlaps the dial. The open tipped hands are rhodium plated steel.

The movement is the same than in the Ladies version. BUT the rotor is different, which is a good thing, as we see with pleasure the historical oscillant weight which is part of the brand's DNA.

My own feelings, now, to be confirmed when I see the watch in the reality... 

The Ladies version is sublime. The discrete retrograde second is very much my taste, something I would have loved to see in the men's version. The guilloché mother of pearl is a feast for the eyes. The only thing I regret is that, for manufactures, a ladies version is necessarily jeweled. Without the paved bezel, it would have been purer, while the cabochon in ruby is an excellent and very refined idea. 

The chromatic combination of grey and blue is eye catching, on the men's version. I would have preferred Breguet numbers over the roman ones for the dial, and maybe I am missing something, but I would have loved to see gold hands, rather than rodhium plated steel ones...

The original rotor is a feast to the eyes. 

A last information: Both are Boutiques Exclusivities.

To be confirmed in the reality, as previously said. 

Looking forward to reading your comments and thoughts on these 2 new versions,



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Great idea!!! [nt]

 By: Brandon Skinner : June 30th, 2020-19:40

I love this new iteration with the blue dial! [nt]

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : June 30th, 2020-03:12

Both are lovely, on both sides...and the choice of the men’s rotor is indeed a lovely touch🥂

 By: FabR : June 30th, 2020-03:12
PS. I don’t mind “big” boxes (when elegant/significant) but it would be great to always include a smaller, practical leather case👍Cheers.

Like the ladies version more

 By: Mr.Gatsby : June 30th, 2020-04:16
The PR indicator on the men’a version really irritates me a lot mon ami.

Both versions are quite nice, but the ladies is top!

 By: M4 : June 30th, 2020-05:39
Great color scheme for the ladies and the dial is gorgeous. Thanks for posting. M4

I’m a lady for this one.

 By: Jay (Eire) : June 30th, 2020-05:56
Without the stones I would seriously consider the ladies version. For the size, the case and movement finish combination and the dial. And of course the fact that the PR does not overlap. And the clutch idea, now that was smart. I can’t believe this wasn’... 

Agree 100% about the diamonds. Is it a lack of confidence in the design or a lack of understanding of women?

 By: LK : June 30th, 2020-07:12
Besides, if you're going to do something with diamonds, make it unusual. This is the most common application of diamonds. It only detracts from what is otherwise a superb watch, in my view.

Both versions are awesome. The men's 7037 is the old version of what is now the ladies' 37mm, something to look on chrono24 for.

 By: Spangles - Mr. Tabby : June 30th, 2020-07:19
Personally, this blue dial men's version is excellent and it refreshes the model in one step. I think the splash of color is highly welcome, yet the dark blue fits the understated palate and still allows the movement architecture to speak for itself.

Ladies look much better...

 By: Clueless_Collector : June 30th, 2020-07:59
Without the retrograde second overlapping into the dial and the decorative center. Also both are boutique only meaning Breguet may start moving into selling by themselves and reducing ADs.

I am sure it will look good in metal: like it

 By: COUNT DE MONET : June 30th, 2020-08:33
Do you know if the dial is blue gold or painted blue? The dial itself is made ouf Gold, yes, but how was the blue made?

Thanks! [nt]

 By: amanico : June 30th, 2020-08:52

I have got the answer to the blue

 By: COUNT DE MONET : July 1st, 2020-06:56
The gold dial is being silver plated first and then galvanically plated with blue rhodium. Blue Rhodium means that an object in a galvanic rhodium bath turns first brown, then violet and finally blue.

Not flinque? [nt]

 By: Spangles - Mr. Tabby : June 30th, 2020-14:15

Merci! [nt]

 By: Spangles - Mr. Tabby : June 30th, 2020-15:19

I still think the 7037 is the best version and one to buy.

 By: lavrentivs : June 30th, 2020-09:18
The smaller size of the case is more in proportion to the size of the movement and there are no overlapping and missing markers, which is an instant deal breaker for me. Also, I don't understand why in the watch design world it's acceptable to have overla... 

The dials of the first generation are a bit small

 By: COUNT DE MONET : June 30th, 2020-12:04
Setting my 7037 with the naked eye is quite a challenege ...

I wonder if there is no overlapping gauges in vehicles. I wonder if Porsche didn't have some... As for the 707,

 By: amanico : June 30th, 2020-12:21
it is still my favorite, because I love the 37 mm case and its manual winding movement.

Not feeling these

 By: Mostel : July 1st, 2020-15:40
wishing for something vintage from Breguet... these are nice, no question, but it's more of what we've seen before with some minor modifications... Every Breguet Collector is DYING for the vintage Chrono reissue... and I know you all know what I mean.