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INTRODUCING: Breguet Classique 7637 Répétition Minutes

Breguet Classique 7637 Répétition Minutes

The new Classique 7637 is a puristic expression of Breguet’s almost 250-year tradition of crafting minute repeaters

When it comes to horological complications, there are those that are practical in our daily lives, such as a chronograph and GMT, while others remain time-honoured despite being supplanted by technological advancements. Minute repeaters belong squarely in the latter group, and they are highly regarded as miniature mechanical masterpieces. Abraham-Louis Breguet developed a passion for the mechanism so much that, in 1783, he pioneered the first chiming watches striking a spring blade rather than a bell-type gong, which was the convention then. Today, the Maison is continuing this grand tradition with the latest Classique 7637 Répétition Minutes.

Breguet Classique 7637 Répétition Minutes
The Breguet Classique 7637 Répétition Minutes is newly available in 18K rose gold with a black grand feu enamel dial.

Though fascinating today, the minute repeater was a necessity in the 17th century, long before the advent of electricity. In order to tell the time in the dark, watchmakers incorporated mechanisms into pocket watches that can chime the time on demand. Breguet has been consummately perpetuating this historic craft for nearly 250 years at its Manufacture in the Vallée de Joux, and the new Classique 7637 fittingly adopts a more subdued appearance to highlight its mechanical brilliance.

Breguet Classique 7637 Répétition Minutes
The deceptively minimalist grand feu enamel dial of the Breguet Classique 7637 Répétition takes several weeks to perfect.

 

Previously offered with 24-hour and small-second displays, this year, the watch instead flaunts an uncluttered black dial along with signature open-tipped Breguet hands. But don’t be fooled by its unassuming mien; each dial is handcrafted using the grand feu enamelling technique. Taking several weeks to produce a single dial in the desired hue, it requires multiple applications and firings of layers of a mixture of silica and ground oxides at over 800 degrees Celsius. Very few artisans are practising this craft today, and their expertise can be observed here on the uniform tone of the dark-as-night dial hosting the Breguet Arabic numerals, the minutes track, and the Breguet logo in a powdered silver colour.

Breguet Classique 7637 Répétition Minutes
A slider at 9 o’clock activates the minute repeater mechanism of the Breguet Classique 7637 Répétition Minutes.

Housed in a 42mm 18K rose gold case with a minute repeater slider at 9 o’clock, the manual-winding Calibre 567.2 beats at 2.5Hz and has a power reserve of 40 hours. Visible via a sapphire crystal caseback, the skilfully hand-decorated movement demonstrates its ingenuity through the clever positioning of the gongs, gong-holders, and hammers. Unlike conventional designs, where the gongs are attached to the plate, they are affixed to the case middle here, which allows them to vibrate directly, resulting in a more efficient transmission of sound. 

Breguet Classique 7637 Répétition Minutes
A sapphire crystal caseback showcases the skilfully hand-decorated manual-winding Calibre 567.2.

Also noteworthy is the use of gold for the gongs, which imparts a rich and harmonious sound characterised by a plethora of overtones. The fact that the case is made of gold as well means that the components share the same acoustic impedance, thus enhancing sound transmission and performance – a distinctive feature that Breguet has duly patented. Although an acoustician has tuned the gongs to ensure they produce a melody most closely resembling Breguet’s signature sound, the acoustics will vary subtly from one watch to another, as each watch is crafted by hand and, therefore, unique. 

Breguet Classique 7637 Répétition Minutes
The Breguet Classique 7637 Répétition Minutes is also available in white gold with a midnight blue grand feu enamel dial.

Paired with a black alligator leather strap with an 18K rose gold triple-blade folding clasp, the Classique 7637 Répétition Minutes is also available in white gold with a midnight blue grand feu enamel dial and a matching alligator leather strap.

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