The reference 7147 is a tidy addition to Breguet’s Classique family. The argument potentially is that there are too many sizes and variants to the Classique selection but each model does offer something different. This model, politely labelled reference 7147 is particularly notable as being a very modern dress watch in timeless Breguet styling.
Straight off, the watch is unmistakably & unashamedly Breguet. Brands have jettisoned their identity to match fashionable demand at times, and although the case size is bigger than one would expect a dress watch from breguet to be, the dial, hands and finishing of the case are inimitable.
Breguet do offer hand wound model in a 40mm case already but the 7147 is different in that the case is remarkably close to the depth of its hand wound cousin but it is automatic. The essence of this thinness is captured in the specifically designed Breguet Calibre 502.3SD, which comes in at an astonishing 2.4mm thick. A paper thin, off set and slightly depressed, rotor is visible via the sapphire caseback. The rest of the movement is decorated as one would expect from Breguet.
Though the movement is pretty, it is a rare occurrence when the dial is arguably better looking. Harking back to the Breguet pocket watches, the dial enjoys an off centre sub seconds dial, which though not symmetric does not look strange at all, perhaps even more purist. The sub dial carries a cross hatch guilloche while the main dial enjoys a engine turned fine hob nail on a gold base. A brushed track provides the path for the delicately finished Roman Numerals with the archetypal Breguet hands & (not so) secret signature finishing the look.
Offered in a lovely deep Rose Gold and low key White Gold, the same model is also delivered with a exquisite Grand Feu enamel dial, created with great skill including the slightly depressed sub dial – please see our earlier post for more details. The Rose Gold variant as pictured retails at £15,800.00 & is now in stock.
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