NEW: Breguet Classique 7137 and Classique 7337Written by Alvin Wong
Elevated chic with fresh case and dial options.
Classique 7137 in white gold with 'Breguet' blue dial
Two of Breguet’s beloved Classique models – the 7137 and 7337 – have been given a slight makeover for 2020, refurbished with new gold cases and dial colours that once again highlight the brand’s mastery in decorative dial-work, while still exuding the old-world elegance that one expects of the Classique collection.
Both models now come in two variants each – rose gold case with silvered gold dial, and white gold case with gold dial in ‘Breguet’ blue. Depending on one’s preference, the rose gold version may be deemed as more conservative and classic-looking, while the white gold-blue dial combination looks a tad more modern. Either way, Breguet’s inherent horological sophistication shines through in both form and function.
Classique 7137 in rose gold with silvered dial
The Classique 7137 appears to be the more elaborate of the two, decoration-wise. The dial features myriad displays, including a moonphase window, power reserve indicator and a date sub-dial at six o’clock. As it is with earlier Classique 7137 models, the various displays place huge emphasis on legibility and artisanship, featuring brushed chapter rings for the indexes, and a variety of engine-turned patterns to demarcate the various displays including panier maillé basket weave pattern for the power reserve, a damier checkerboard pattern for the date display, set against a clous de Paris hobnailing pattern.
Classique 7337 in rose gold with silvered dial
Meantime, the Classique 7337 exudes a greater feeling of subtlety despite boasting calendar indicators similar to the Classique 7137. The Classique 7337 flaunts a slightly more symmetrical and discreet dial interface with tiny day and date windows that flank the time display, with a moonphase display poised at 12 o’clock. And as it is with the Classique 7137, the Classique 7337’s dial comprises several exquisite engine turned patterns, including circular grain d’orge barley grain, damier checkerboard for the small seconds, and clous de Paris hobnail at the centre.
Classique 7337 in white gold with 'Breguet blue' dial
Though both watches take bear aesthetic lineage to Breguet’s 18th century pocket watches, especially with the engine turned decorations and calendar displays, the engines that power the timepieces are resolutely modern. The timepieces run on the automatic Calibre 502.3, an ultra-thin movement with offset rotor to ensure svelteness and state-of-the-art silicon balance spring for optimum precision.
Back view of the Classique 7137
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