Breguet launched the ‘Tradition’ collection in 2005 with the introduction of the 7027. This year at Baselworld 2015, they have announced they will follow up with a new model in the line, the Tradition Automatique Seconde Rétrograde 7097.
The new timepiece is inspired by the ‘subscription watches’ and pays homage to Abraham-Louis Breguet who first produced the one-hand watches in 1796. They were fitted with a simple movement and sold by subscription – typically a quarter of the price on order and the balance on delivery.
The 40 mm 18-carat white gold case houses a calibre 505SR1 movement. It is also available in 18-carat rose gold. The various components of the movement including the bridges, wheels, escapement and barrel which are normally hidden beneath the baseplate are exposed, revealing the very inner workings of the watch.
The Breguet Tradition Automatique Seconde Rétrograde 7097 gets its name from the retrograde seconds hand at 10 o’clock, which supplements the hours and minute shown by Breguet-style open-tipped hands in blued steel. It is topped off with a circular-brushed semi-circle, while a pare-chute, is located at 4 o’clock.
- Breguet calibre 505SR1 movement
- 40mm diameter
- 18-catar white gold case and dial
- Chapter-ring with Roman numerals
- 50-hour power reserve
- Water resistance up to a pressure of 3 bar (30 m / 100 ft)
- Also available in 18-catar rose gold