Close encounter with two Breguet Tradition timepieces

Sep 01, 2019,02:48 AM

In 2005 Breguet has launched its Tradition series, a family of watches inspired by the rich history created by A.-L. Breguet more than two centuries ago. It was a great pleasure to welcome two essential Tradition timepieces for a photo session a few days ago, and of course I would like to share some of the outcome with you.

The Breguet Tradition pieces are in fact history on the wrist. Capturing the open architecture of historic Breguet pocket watches, the Tradition offers rare and exciting views on the functional aspects, based on the same configuration as in the early 19th century.

This configuration illustrates a major part of Breguet‘s heritage by adapting the Souscription pocket watches, designed at the time to be affordable yet precise and reliable alternatives to the complicated marvels crafted by Monsieur Breguet. As in the early 19th century, the movement bears a central barrel and a symmetric gear train.

Other references realised in the modern Tradition watches are the small dials, which have their roots in the historic Tact pocket watches (so- called „watches for the blind“ since you could feel the time on the outer case) and the parachute shock protection.

The first modern Tradition pieces showed the well known grained brass finish, which centuries ago was reached through a special treating with mercury. The two timepieces I show you feature a dark grey surface, today the grain effect is reached by bombardment with tiny ceramic balls.

The movement finish combines tradition with modern aesthetics, creating a very compelling look that can only be fully appreciated when holding the watch in the metal.

The entry into the World of the Breguet Tradition line, which is available in precious metals only, are references 7057 (manual wind with power reserve indication) and 7097 (Seconde Rétrograde Automatique).

Both watches have a diameter of 40mm and show the time on small typical Breguet dials with handmade guilloche. The hands are typical Breguet as well, of course heat blued.

The 7057 is characterized by its black dial, a power reserve indication on both the front and backside, it also is a reasonably slim watch on the wrist.

The 7097 on the other hand has a more lush appeal, the silver dial offers stronger contrast, the sapphire crystal stands considerably higher than the bezel and the backside reveals a spectacular rotor which shall pay tribute to the first automatic winding solutions in Breguet pocket watches and offers the aesthetics of a pendulum.

Both timepieces show impressively how horological heritage can be captured in a modern watch. The aesthetics are different to anything else, as transparent as a skeleton timepiece, but a lot clearer at the same time.

I personally found both the 7057 and 7097 to be fascinating timepieces. I think every watch enthusiast should take a look at those marvels in the metal, they are clearly worth it.

The illustrations in the first part of this report are taken from the Breguet App „Le Quai De L‘Horloge“, a very interesting source for more information on Breguet.

I hope you enjoyed the report and the photos!


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Fantastic report ... and superb pictures.

 By: jlux : September 1st, 2019-05:14
I am a great fan of the Breguet La Tradition watches. In fact, I owned the 7057 in white gold a few years ago. The only reason why I let it go was the size : at 40 mm (the real size even being closer to 40.5 mm) with the typical Breguet long and straight ... 

Great writeup!

 By: jleno : September 1st, 2019-05:57
The Traditions are beautiful and intriguing watches, very fitting for the brand as well.

Love the retrograde seconds.

 By: BigFatPauli : September 1st, 2019-07:15
The best of both worlds would be an offering with that seconds complication and manual wind. Wonderful photography.

Thank you for this review on what I consider a very historic and important line from Breguet.

 By: BMR : September 1st, 2019-08:43
Here’s my 38mm 7037 from 2008. My first love. ...  

Thank you very much, Will.

 By: BMR : September 1st, 2019-10:47
You are correct.

Yes,that's the perfect size for this watch!

 By: jlux : September 1st, 2019-09:56
And what a cool shot!

Thank you, Jlux!

 By: BMR : September 1st, 2019-10:49
It’s certainly the size that fits my preferences the best. Have a great weekend.

Watches that are both modern and contemporary...

 By: jporos : September 1st, 2019-08:49
at the same time. Very difficult to achieve. Thank you for the report, Henrik.

Your words and photographs do not disappoint Henrik - Wonderful report my friend ! I think the hardest challenge for a manufacturer with such heritage is to combined the references of the

 By: templetowers : September 1st, 2019-09:44
past with a new, contemporary design and Breguet has absolutely done this with the Tradition line. No wonder Philippe Dufour stated that this was the watch he would have liked to have made. Best wishes Will. ...  

Bravo Henrik

 By: Tyo : September 1st, 2019-10:53
actually I’m a big fan of the Breguet Tradition. My wish being the 7027 in white gold and Greg dial, pretty hard to find. ...  

Great write-up and photos. Thanks for posting!

 By: dms : September 2nd, 2019-02:59
My preference is the manual 7027 in 37mm. It is actually the same movement as the larger 40mm (which only has a larger case and dial, with the power reserve overlapping the dial...). ...