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100 BRANDS AT BASELWORLD: No.4 – Breguet

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Breguet explains that its latest creation, the Tradition Automatique Seconde Rétrograde 7097 pays tribute to the “souscription” and “à tact” watches made by Abraham-Louis Breguet in the late 18th century.

Like them, its mechanism reveals the bridges, wheels, escapement, barrel and various other parts that are normally placed beneath the plate, the company continues.

The small offset dial at 12 o’clock – another characteristic of the great master’s legendary “à tact” watches – on the new Tradition 7097 model is overlapped by a retrograde seconds segment promoting optimal readability.

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The “pare-chute” system of the Tradition collection positioned at 4 o’clock adds a perfectly symmetrical touch.

This Breguet invention serving to protect the balance-staff from shocks was the forerunner of the “Incabloc” and other anti-shock systems.

“Exalting the brilliant, visionary spirit of Abraham-Louis Breguet, this exceptional creation not only honours the past but also looks firmly to the future with particularly innovative technical characteristics. Witness the inverted straight-line lever escapement with silicon horns and the silicon Breguet overcoil balance-spring – both serving to guarantee exceptional rating precision,” Breguet concludes.

Movement: Mechanical automatic 505SR1 calibre, 38 jewels, inverted straight-line lever escapement with silicon horns, silicon Breguet overcoil balance-spring, 3 Hz, 50-hour power reserve

Functions: Hours, minutes, retrograde seconds

Case: 18K white or pink gold, 40 mm Fluted caseband Sapphire back Water-resistant to 30 metres (3 bar / 100 ft)
Dial: Hand-guilloché silvered 18K gold offset dial at 12 o’clock Breguet “open-tipped” blued steel hand Retrograde small seconds at 10 o’clock

Bracelet/strap: Leather

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