In 2007, the Breguet Boutique in Ginza, Tokyo, opened its doors for the first time. Situated in one of the world’s most expensive and elegant luxury shopping destinations, it has quickly become a popular destination for Japan’s most discerning watch connoisseurs. Following extensive renovations in 2014, which included a substantial expansion in size, the Breguet Boutique is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with the unveiling of a stunning blue-dialled watch created exclusively for the Japanese market, aptly named: the Breguet Classique 5175 “Ginza Anniversary” special edition. And there’s a lot to love in this watch!
The Breguet Classique 5175 “Ginza Anniversary”
Breguet is known over the world for crafting highly refined timepieces, which demonstrate a painstaking attention to detail and a mastery of the fine art of watchmaking. The Classique collection, to which this new limited edition belongs, exemplifies the watchmaking ideals of precision, clarity and elegant lines, with a strong focus on the traditional values of the Breguet watch. It’s also a collection known for the purity of its white enamel or gold engine-turned dials.
The new Breguet Classique 5175 “Ginza Anniversary” encompasses all of the above characteristics but with one obvious and exceptional difference, compared to the Classique 5177 it’s based on: its stunning mineral blue, “Grand” Feu enamel dial, a first for the manufacture. Paying close attention to its clientele’s cultural preferences, the brand wanted to introduce a watch that was at once powerful yet refined, with a strong focus on the quality of the craftsmanship. Suffice to say, I think they have succeeded.
Presented in a 38mm diameter white gold case, with a finely fluted caseband, the blue “Grand Feu” enamel dial features a chapter ring with platinum-coated Breguet numerals, while delicate stars and symbols make up the minute track. The time is indicated by rhodium-plated Breguet hands with their traditional “open-tipped” design. Noticeably absent is a date window (again compared to the Classique 5177), which ensures the uninterrupted purity of the design. Just below the axis of the hands, the Breguet “secret signature” is engraved, although it only becomes visible upon closer inspection.
Although it’s based on Breguet’s popular Classique 5177 timepiece, the Classique 5175 “Ginza Anniversary” edition uses a slightly different calibre. Inside is the Calibre 777J – ‘J’ for Japan – with automatic winding. Equipped with a silicon escape wheel, pallet fork and hairspring, it beats at a 4 Hz frequency and offers a max power-reserve of 55 hours. The movement is visible through the sapphire caseback and has been beautifully finished to Breguet’s exceptionally high standards. Each caseback is also hand-engraved with the watches number in the limited-edition series, i.e. “Ginza N°1” to “Ginza N°10”.
Offered on an alligator leather strap with a white gold pin buckle, the Breguet 5175 “Ginza Anniversary” is a limited edition of just 10 pieces, available exclusively from the Breguet Ginza boutique. The price is set at ¥3.132m, which at today’s rates, translates roughly to EUR 23,400. More details on www.breguet.com.
Technical Specifications – Breguet Classique 5175 “Ginza Anniversary”
- Case: 38mm diameter – 18k white gold – sapphire crystal on both sides – water resistant to 30m
- Movement: Breguet Calibre 777J, in-house – self-winding – 4Hz frequency – 55h power reserve – hours, minutes, central seconds
- Strap: Alligator leather, white gold buckle
- Reference: 5175BB/2Y/9V6
- Availability: October 2017
- Limited Edition: 10 pieces
- Price: ¥3.132m / EUR 23,400 (approx.)