We’re all about luxury watches and are fond of innovation, yet much of the appeal for these mechanical timepieces truly stems from their classical origins. So the “Breguet Tradition Automatique 7097” manages to appease various aspects of horology aficionados love for the craft by exposing all its mechanical intricacies. Despite its transparency, one is still overcome by a joyous wonder as they observe its gears in motion.
The 40mm case is made of finely crafted 18k white gold, while the circumference of the case is adorned by Breguet’s signature fluted case band. It also features a sandblasted mainplate and the bridges are rhodium-plated to create a subtle contrast with the slightly lighter white gold case.
On the flip-side a transparent sapphire exhibition case back allows to further delight our gaze upon the inner movement and its workings. The welded lugs are secured by screw bars and tilted to comfortably accommodate a secure wrist fit.
Time is exhibited on a smaller off-set blue dial near the 12 o’clock position, exquisitely adorned with hand-crafted engine-turned Clou de Paris hobnailing.
While the majority of this round canvas presents us with a view to the open-worked engine, which is the beating caliber cased inside. Its exposed barrel slightly covered by the offset dial has a notable brushed finish.
Pointing out the current time are Breguet open-tipped hands also made of 18k white gold. It also includes a power reserve indicator on the left-side of the dial with a blue steeled hand.
Breguet Tradition Automatique 7097 Boutique Edition
The “Breguet Tradition Automatique 7097 Boutique Edition” (Ref#: 7097BB/GY/9WU) is powered by the in-house self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 505SR1 with 38 jewels, 14 1/2 lignes and 21,600 vph. It comes equipped with a Breguet overcoil balance spring in silicon adjusted in 6 positions and features an inverted lever escapement with silicon pallets. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 50 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is a blue scaled leather strap, secured to the wrist by a white gold deployant buckle. For more up to date information visit the official Breguet website here.
MSRP: $42,100.00 USD * approximately