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The Breguet Classique gets musical for Basel 2013

by amitdevhanda

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Breguet Classique 18k rose gold ref#7800BRAA9YV

Renowned  watch maker Breguet is arguably one of the top 5 watch brands available in the market today. I have always had respect and admiration for Breguet with their highly finished watch making and ingenuity executed through tradition and history. This year for Basel 2013, Breguet have decided to complete the trio of their alarm watch by making it available in 18 k rose gold. Before this Basel this watch was available exclusively in 18k white gold and 18k yellow gold.

This watch is like a music box on the wrist and boasts and impressive 48 mm case made out of solid 18 k rose gold. One may think the case may be too big for such a sophisticated and elegant technical timepiece such as this, but the size was made for practical reasons so that one could hear the alarm better so the alarm would resonate louder and clearer. I must say for such a complicated piece of technical genius, this watch is quite clean and very easy to read.

The dial of the this watch is made out of 18k white gold and rhodium plated with black roman numerals on the outer chapter ring, while the inner center dial rotates completely when the music is being played. The hands are the infamous Brequet patented pomme hands made out of polished blued steel for contrast. The extra steel blued hand is the alarm hand and distinguished from the other two hands with the musical clef symbol at the base. The lugs of this watch are welded on but completely seamless in its construction.

This watch has two crowns and two pushers. A crown located at the two o’clock position adjusts the time, while the crown at the 4 o’clock position winds the power reserve for the alarm, the indicator for the alarm is at the three o’clock position.  The pusher located at the eight o’clock position when pushed is to hear the alarm on demand which sounds for 20 seconds. The pusher at the 10 o’clock position when pushed is the on/off switch for the alarm which is indicated at the nine o’clock position. When the alarm is activated for real-time, it goes off for a full 60 seconds.

I had the opportunity to photograph, video and play with this watch in the white gold version and it’s absolutely incredible. The weight, the height, and the entire overall aesthetic of the watch scream everyday wearing because of the size while being incredibly luxurious and sophisticated with the incredible details of the case and dial. The best part is when the inner dial rotates once the alarm is activated, it will have your attention and keep you captivated because of the incredible pattern and synchronicity.

The only sad part is the watch has a solid engraved case back which you wouldn’t expect from such a highly complicated watch because you would definitely want to see the movement, but then again, I guess it would definitely affect the sound and pitch of the alarm. This watch comes packaged in a beautiful specialty resonance wood box for presentation as well as helps amplify the sound of the alarm.

This is definitely a real mans watch with a big price ticket.  Should you have close to $100,000 to play with and you want something completely beautiful, original, technical, complicated, easy to read that you can wear everyday, this new Breguet Classique alarm watch  in 18k pink gold is a must have.

Technical Specs for the Breguet Classique alarm in 18k rose gold ref#7800BRAA9YV

Case in 18-carat rose gold with the caseband engraved with a musical score. Full caseback. 48mm diameter.  Welded lugs with screw bars. Water resistant to 3 bar (30m).
Rotating dial, platinum plated and engine-turned. Individually numbered and signed BREGUET. Hours chapter with Roman numerals on the flange. Breguet open-tipped hands in polished steel. The centre of the dial rotates completely when the music is activated. On/off indicator for the sound in an aperture between 9 and 10 o’clock. Power-reserve indicator for the music in an aperture at 3 o’clock.
Self-winding movement. Numbered and signed BREGUET.  Cal. 901, 17 ¼ lignes, 59 jewels. Power reserve of 45 hours with sound on and 55 hours when set to silent. In-line Swiss lever escapement. Flat balance spring in silicon. 4Hz frequency. Adjusted in six positions.
Leather strap.

Case in 18-carat rose gold with the caseband engraved with a musical score. Full caseback. 48mm diameter.  Welded lugs with screw bars. Water resistant to 3 bar (30m).
Rotating dial, platinum plated and engine-turned. Individually numbered and signed BREGUET. Hours chapter with Roman numerals on the flange. Breguet open-tipped hands in polished steel. The centre of the dial rotates completely when the music is activated. On/off indicator for the sound in an aperture between 9 and 10 o’clock. Power-reserve indicator for the music in an aperture at 3 o’clock.
Self-winding movement. Numbered and signed BREGUET.  Cal. 901, 17 ¼ lignes, 59 jewels. Power reserve of 45 hours with sound on and 55 hours when set to silent. In-line Swiss lever escapement. Flat balance spring in silicon. 4Hz frequency. Adjusted in six positions.
Leather strap.

The Breguet Hora Mundi is the best functional complicated watch out there today

by amitdevhanda

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Breguet Hora Mundi in Platinum

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Movement of the Breguet Hora Mundi

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wrist shot of the Breguet Classique Hora Mundi in Platinum

Recently, I was lucky enough to go to the Swatch Tourbillon Boutique in Las Vegas and try on the amazing Breguet Hora Mundi ref#5717 in Platinum. This watch reeks elegance, style, refinement and tradition. Even with all these amazing elements of sophistication, Breguet makes this timeless complicated beauty very wearable and everyday by making the case in a 44 mm size.

Lets get to the watch, this watch is the most useful and functional out of all the complicated watches out there today . The functions of this watch include: time, date, day/night indicator and dual time zone function.  According to the Robb Report, The Breguet’s Classique Hora Mundi  was voted “Best of the Best” selections, notably for its beauty and functionality. I must say I agree. This watch is easy to read and serves a purpose especially for that world traveler who wants something super refined, exclusive and finished to the highest standards that watch making has to offer.

This watch is available in Platinum and in 18k red gold with three different dial options representing one part of the world: the Americas, the European and African continents, or Asia and Oceania.The Classique Hora Mundi is the first mechanical timepiece with an instant-jump time-zone display. This function allows the traveller to easily display the time in two pre-selected time zones, changing instantly from one to the other by the quick press of a button, without interrupting the operation of the watch.

You must be a real connoisseur to appreciate this watch and have deep pockets to afford this watch because in Platinum it retails for $94,000 and change, which to me is a little bit high. Then again it’s super limited and complicated and Breguet has 4 patents just on the movement.  If you happen to be in Las Vegas and want to see it live, hurry into the Swatch Tourbillon Boutique to witness horological mastery at it’s best!