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

 By: amanico : June 30th, 2020-01:18

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,



An enamel dial with Breguet numerals would be a killer combination on the 7097 [nt]

 By: Uncle Chico : June 30th, 2020-01:35
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I am with you on that suggestion. [nt]

 By: amanico : June 30th, 2020-01:39
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Great idea!!! [nt]

 By: Brandon Skinner : June 30th, 2020-19:40
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Overall, no such thing as a bad looking La Tradition but I'm not sure about the seconds retrograde overlap. I prefer a full dial for the LT (nt)

 By: Echi : June 30th, 2020-01:37

Same here. Like on the ladies version. [nt]

 By: amanico : June 30th, 2020-01:39
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love the watch "box" for the ladies version. Superb. [nt]

 By: Reuven Malter : June 30th, 2020-02:12
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Finally a brand who understood that there is much better to do than just another watch box. Indeed! [nt]

 By: amanico : June 30th, 2020-02:20
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I love this new iteration with the blue dial! [nt]

 By: yacomino : June 30th, 2020-03:12
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Thanks for commenting, my friend. [nt]

 By: amanico : June 30th, 2020-04:29
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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.

Yes, a nice leather pouch, or a small bit fine travel box... [nt]

 By: amanico : June 30th, 2020-04:30
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both are stunning. I'd prefer the lady's one with the diamond ring however [nt]

 By: Tyo : June 30th, 2020-03:35
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Thanks for commenting, Tyo. [nt]

 By: amanico : June 30th, 2020-04:30
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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.

I am not a fan of this detail. Much better on the ladies version for me too. [nt]

 By: amanico : June 30th, 2020-04:31
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Too industrial and austere for my tastes at present but the mvmt architecture makes it a great candidate for superlative future renderings [nt]

 By: redcorals : June 30th, 2020-04:27
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Thanks, Redcorals. We'll probably see other La Tradition versions, for sure. [nt]

 By: amanico : June 30th, 2020-04:32
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Their 7077 chrono is a very interesting mvmt. [nt]

 By: redcorals : July 1st, 2020-07:14
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Both look wonderful additions - Breguet really think through the design and aesthetics of their watches for women - It would be good to get a female view on this one. Stunning I think :) [nt]

 By: templetowers : June 30th, 2020-04:38
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Yes, that would be interesting! Let's see if some of our ladies will chime in. [nt]

 By: amanico : June 30th, 2020-04:40
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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.


I do think so. Thanks, M4. [nt]

 By: amanico : June 30th, 2020-05:51
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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’t thought of before.  

This year with the addition of some colour (mostly blue) Breguet will surely capture some new and likely younger customers.  Many pieces seem to have gotten 20-30 years younger just by adding some colour ! 

I think it is retrograde seconds on this version rather than PR unlike on the 7057. Thanks for sharing your thoughts :) [nt]

 By: templetowers : June 30th, 2020-06:46
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That's it. You are right. [nt]

 By: amanico : June 30th, 2020-07:03
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I am totally with you. Without stones, it is irresistible. And the clutch bag is so brilliant! [nt]

 By: amanico : June 30th, 2020-07:03
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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.

I tend to agree with you, but I am not a jeweled watch guy... [nt]

 By: amanico : June 30th, 2020-07:14
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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.
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