Two years ago, Breguet presented the world’s first series-produced mechanical timepiece equipped with a mechanism that oscillates at 10 Hz. The Breguet Type XXII Ref 3880 ST launched at Baselworld 2010 was the result of the company’s research into high frequencies aimed at a closer and more stable measurement of time. This year, at Baselworld watch fair, the French manufacturer of luxury watches unveiled the Classique Chronométrie Wristwatch with the movement of 10 Hz. This novelty is a perfect mixture of classic Breguet’s design and a cutting edge high-vibration movement technology.
The dial of this Breguet’s newcomer is a special treat for eyes. The hours and minutes are off -centre on the dial, whilst a small seconds counter located at the 12 o’clock position was inspired by the first eccentric dial produced by Breguet 200 years ago.
A small seconds sub-dial comprises a smaller counter located at the 1 o’clock position. This small sub-dial with a patented silicon hand indicates the tenths of a second. Another Abraham-Louis Breguet invention from 1790, the pare-chute shock absorber, is situated at the 2 o’clock position. There is also a power reserve indicator which is displayed at the 5 o’clock position.
The beautiful dial features six different types of guilloche pattern, each decorated by hand. The central part of the dial features a “Geneva waves” pattern; a “clou de Paris hobnailing” design embellishes the small seconds counter; the tenths-of-a-second sub-dials is adorned with a “sunburst” pattern; the power-reserve display is encrusted in “chevrons”; the chapter ring for the hours has an “edging” decoration, and the last, but not the least, the outside edge of the dial is in a “barleycorn” pattern.
I must say that the Breguet is the champion when it comes to the design of its dials. This is something that the French watchmaker does better than any other manufacturer.
The Classique Chronométrie 7727 watch is equipped with the extremely precise and accurate Caliber 574 DR with a Breguet magnetic balance oscillating at 10 Hz (72,000 vibrations per hour) on a silicon spring, and with an in-line Swiss lever escapement in silicon. The hand-wound movement is visible through the transparent sapphire-crystal case back.
This exceptional wristwatch is waterproof up to 30 meters (100 feet) beneath water surface and it comes with a comfortable leather strap.