Pre-BaselWorld 2016: BreguetWritten by Alvin Wong
What a blast of freshness, to see a women’s timepiece that doesn’t go out of its way to distance itself from its feminine nature.
The Classique Phase de Lune Dame is a sublime work of art, brimming with subtlety and sophistication in equal measure. The pristine dial looks simple, but its execution is exceeding fastidious – the smooth, flawless surface is courtesy of a high-fired enamel technique that requires extreme patience and experience, so that the enamel doesn’t crack despite being repeatedly heated at over 800˚C.
The beautiful dial is complemented by blued steel hands and 66 brilliant-cut diamonds on a dainty white gold case measuring 30mm across; an effortlessly glamorous look that one’d expect from a Breguet Classique watch.
It’s interesting that Breguet has picked a ladies’ watch to get its 2016 campaign underway, as opposed to a men’s timepiece. Perhaps the brand is suggesting a greater emphasis on women’s watches this year?
Alvin promises not to be a douche when talking about watches. He may have scoured the Basel and Geneva watch fairs for the past 15 years, and played an instrumental role to the growth of Singapore's pioneering horological and men's lifestyle publications, but the intrepid scribe seeks to learn something new with each story he writes.