Baselworld 2015: Breguet’s New Traditional Watch

A few days away from Baselword 2015, Breguet revealed the latest model from its Tradition line. It’s a timepiece with visible movement components and a retrograde seconds complication. The brand’s Tradition Line, created 10 years ago, intends to embrace hundreds of years of heritage while working well aesthetically and technically in a 21st century environment.

And now, the brand is expanding the collection with its new piece: Tradition Automatique Seconde Rétrograde 7097 which will be presented at Baselworld 2015.

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Abraham-Louis Breguet, the genius behind all of the masterpieces, is not only respected for the incredibly beautiful timepieces, but also for his technical achievements.

This new wristwatch reminds of the “touch watches” (montres à tacts) design and the “souscription” watches of the 18th century. Those watches exposed the movement components usually hidden under the case, as we are used to see in all of the Tradition Line pieces. And the Automatique Seconde Rétrograde is no exception. To create this extraordinary piece, Breguet brought all of its know-how, especially in the exceptional bead-blasting of the plates and bridges. On display we can see the mainspring barrel in the center, and the bridges and wheels, as well as the large balance wheel with the Breguet-curve spring.


As is expected by the brand, this watch shows hours and minutes with the brand’s signatre blue steel hands. As the name indicates, Tradition Automatique Seconde Rétrograde 7079, this watch has a retrograde seconds hand, which is layered over the dial in a brushed silver-finished semi-circle at 10 o’clock, providing a lovely visual treat every minute, as the blue hand goes back to zero right after reaching the 60 second mark.


Another novelty is the inclusion of automatic winding. The watch boasts a 50 hour power reserve. All this technical complexity is completed by a unique fishing.


With this absolutely extraordinary time piece, Breguet has once more proved to be a one-of-a-kind brand and that they master this art like no one else. The visible screws on the dial, the finish of the wheels on show, the addition of a traditional pare-chute, a Breguet invention to protect the balance staff from external shocks, are even more little details which make this piece unique.


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