Even though the upcoming Baselworld 2015 is still months away, Breguet has disclosed information about one of the watches which will be premiered next spring. It is to say the least beautiful Breguet Tradition Automatique Second Retrograde 7097. The piece features the collection’s recognizable off-centered dial and exposed movement parts which are in the new model coupled with a retrograde seconds hand, as well as a self-winding system. It will be available in white and pink gold housings and it is expected to be available for sale soon after the most relevant watch exhibition in Basel.
The Tradition series by Breguet was initially introduced in 2005 with the launch of the model 7027 and, as the manufacturer explains, it was inspired with the famed Souscription watches. These timekeepers were made by the founder of the brand during his exile to Switzerland during the Reign o Terror. Its name is the French term for subscription and it derives from the fact that the future owners paid a fee in advance to get their model. By the way, the Sousciption timekeepers had only a single hand and were incomparably easier to repair and service when compared to other Breguet models. Though the new Tradition lineage is inspired by these watches, it does not really share these traits.
For the tenth anniversary of the collection, Breguet has prepared a model whose appearance is absolutely stunning. On the top section there is the offset dial which is made of 18 K gold and subsequently silvered. It features a guilloched hobnail section in the center (which is repeated in the form of two circumferences on the periphery) as well as blued Breguet-shaped hands made of steel. The chapter ring which includes Roman numerals is on its left part partially overlapped by a retrograde seconds scale which sits on a higher plane. The rest of the dial is reserved for exposed parts of the movement, as it is the common practice for the timekeepers from the Tradition series. This time, the lovely rhodium-plated movement has its main-plate and bridges embellished with a demanding peening finish.
In the middle of the watch’s face and partially under the off-centered dial there is the movement’s barrel. On the right side of the lower section there is a balance wheel which will be visible even if the watch is slightly covered by the wearer’s sleeve. On the opposite side there is another substantial wheel of the gear train which makes it look symmetrical and pleasing to the eye. There are other components visible on the dial, but the micro-rotor used for winding of the movement is placed on the rear side in order to increase the efficiency. By the way, the supported power reserve is 50 hours.
The specific movement used in the watch is Caliber 505SR1 with 38 jewels. The 14 ½ lignes wide movement features a straight-line inverted lever escapement that integrates pallets made of silicon. Another component made of the same material is Breguet overcoil balance spring. For the protection from shocks, the movement which is adjusted in six positions utilizes a technical feature that was designed by the founder of the brand. That is para-chute shock protection system which was originally presented in the late 18th century and got its final shape in the early years of the following century. Caliber 505SR1 operates at the frequency of 3 Hz.
Breguet Tradition Automatique Seconde Retrograde 7097 is placed inside a round 18 K gold housing with the brand’s typical design trait, namely its fluted side-section. The case is with a polished finish and it is 40 mm wide. There will be two versions of the model: the one whose photos the watchmaker has released and which is made in white gold (the reference number 7097BB/G1/9WU), as well as another one in pink gold (the reference number 7097BR/G1/9WU). Regardless of the variant, the crystal is made of sapphire, while the supported waterproofness measures to 30 meters. For the attachment, Breguet chose a black Lousisiana alligator strap which fastens with a pin buckle, made in the same material as the case.