The Tradition is one of the most fascinating collections from Breguet. A surprising mix of heritage, technicality and high-end finishing, these watches are a superb tribute to the watchmaking genius behind the brand’s name, Abraham-Louis Breguet. While other collections are inspired by some of his most complicated pieces, the Tradition looks at another of Breguet’s achievements, the “souscription” (subscription) watches, which can be considered the first marketed timepieces of the industry. The latest watch in the Tradition collection was unveiled recently, adding the simplest of functions to the list: the date. But is it that simple? (of course not). We’ll tell you why in this video review of the Breguet Tradition Quantième Rétrograde 7597.
Until now, the Breguet Tradition collection has been home to five different models: the hand-wound; the GMT; the Automatic Retrograde Second; the Chronograph; and the Tourbillon Fusée-and-Chain. For the first time, the brand adds a calendar indication to its souscription-inspired model. However, considering the complex architecture of the movement, the classic date window wasn’t an option. In characteristic Breguet style, the date is not just a simple date. The Tradition is based on a unique movement layout, with the mainspring positioned centrally, flanked by the gear train and the balance wheel, with all crucial mechanical parts exposed. In order to retain this architecture, Breguet had to imagine a date indication that would integrate perfectly within this technical decorum… Hence the handsome and complex “Quantième Rétrograde” with its hand-shaped blue arrow hand and semi-circular track.
Of course, we’ll tell you all about this movement, the watch itself and how it feels on the wrist in the video review above. And you’ll be able to enjoy the fascinating ballet of the regulating organ and gear train on the dial.
More details about the Tradition Quantième Rétrograde 7597 at breguet.com.