Focus: Breguet

Breguet Classique 5157 BR
CASE : 18K rose gold, transparent sapphire crystal and caseback, water-resistant to 30m

SIZE : 38 x 5.4mm

MOVEMENT : mechanical self-winding, ultra-thin Caliber 502.3, 22K gold rotor, silicon balance-spring and pallet-lever, 45h power reserve, 2.4mm thick

FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes

DIAL : silvered white gold hand-guilloché dial, blued open-tipped hands

STRAP : alligator leather, rose gold pin buckle

Pure Breguet


Breguet naturally stands for complicated mechanics, just as one would expect for a Maison with a founder who invented and produced so many multi-indication models. But Breguet also stands for a certain aesthetic, a fact that is never more clearly apparent than when it is given pride of place. In the case of the Classique 5157, the only indications are hours and minutes, enabling the full range of brand codes to be expressed to the full, without even a seconds hand to clutter its appearance. Elegance speaks volumes and its vocabulary is all about dimensions – starting with the modest 37mm diameter epitomizing this model’s inherent discretion. The latter quality is confirmed by its modest 5.4mm height enabling it to slide smoothly under a shirt sleeve, gently embracing the wrist. This elegance is conveyed through a classically smart aura that also stems from its finishing. The dial is entirely engine-turned using an antique rose engine, operated and adjusted by hand. The motif engraved in the silvered solid gold plate is a Clous de Paris hobnail pattern. The blued hands are the Breguet type, another name for the Maison’s signature open-tipped à pomme variety. The finely fluted caseband is made of rose gold, a warm tone which, after white gold and yellow gold, now envelops the slimmest and simplest of all Breguet watches.

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