The 2020 Breguet Classique 7137
Breguet revamps the reference 7137, introducing a new dial and a stunning "Blue Breguet" variant.
The new references Classique 7137 and 7337 are among those Breguet new watches we expected to discover at Time to Move, Zurich, earlier this month. The Breguet Classique 7137 is a pillar of the brand's Classique offering and has undergone, along with reference 7337, a relevant aesthetic renewal. The outcome is the following: the timepiece's style keeps being a nod to a remarkable historical pocket watch, the Breguet Perpetuelle n°5, and a new stunning color variant is enriching the collection. In particular, Breguet keeps spreading its signature "blue Breguet" across the range.
The source of inspiration to the Breguet Classique 7137 is and always has been the Breguet Perpetuelle n°5, as said, with its off-centered displacement of the registers. The "Man on the Moon" face that is present on the original pocket watch and the current version is replaced here by a new moon, whose appearance is less fantastic and more realistic, displaying craters, and applied atop an underlying blue starry sky.
The dial showcases a renewed combination of different engine-turned (guilloche) decorations, a technique that Breguet invented; it is no coincidence that Breguet watches come with a variety of guilloche, no other manufacturer can equal. Entirely new motifs replace the "outgoing" Breguet 7137's sun-ray motif, engraved inside the date register, and the wavy pattern inside the power reserve register.
Breguet designers' goal was the following, in my opinion: they were looking to make the style appear sleeker, and give the Classique 7137 a more masculine appearance, by adopting new patterns. The power reserve has a "panier maillé" basket weave pattern motif, while the date counter offers a "Damier" checkerboard decoration; the central part has a "Clous de Paris" hobnailing motif.
Also, Breguet has introduced a white gold variant which combines a blue Breguet dial, alongside the yellow gold version with silvered dial. Successfully launched with the Breguet 5177 with Grand Feu enamel dial (and the collector's piece 5175 with no date, produced in ten specimens for the Breguet boutique in Ginza, exclusively), the Blue Breguet 7137 is an eye-catcher.
It pairs a central part that contrasts with the white gold outer ring featuring Roman numerals on a white gold case, thus offering an entirely new take on this model and a somewhat sportier personality. Nothing has changed from a technical standpoint: the Breguet Classique 7137 is 39mm wide (and 8,65mm thick). It houses the extra-flat Breguet caliber 502.3 DR1 featuring an off-centered 18-karat gold oscillating mass, a flat balance spring, and an escapement with silicon-made horns. We would love to see the current 45 hours of power reserve increase anytime soon. The Breguet Classique 7137 will retail for € 35,300.
(Photo credit: courtesy of Breguet)
Gaetano C @Horbiter®