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Is the Breguet No. 5 Pocket Watch worth its asking price?

Jason Pitsch

You may have already read about the famous Breguet Marie-Antoinette pocket watch No. 160 (which was ordered in 1783 and completed in 1827). Or the Grand Complication pocket watch No. 1160 (essentially an exact replica of the original pocket watch, commissioned by the late Nicolas G. Hayek in 2005 and completed in 2009). However, around the same period (1794), another important Breguet pocket watch was also produced: Breguet No. 5. And so, like the Marie-Antoinette, Breguet recreated this pocket watch as well. Although, instead of a one-off replica, like the Marie-Antoinette, Breguet produced six pieces. And while the original No. 5 is part of Breguet’s museum collection (as is should be), and the first five replicas have already been purchased, there is still one No. 5 Pocket watch available for sale. Interestingly, I first saw the No. 5 replica in

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Breguet Type XXI 3817 Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

Abraham-Louis Breguet is well known for inventing the tourbillon, amongst many other watchmaking technologies. Less known, however, is that his great-great grandson, Louis Charles Breguet, carried on his family’s history of innovation, in not just watchmaking, but also in aviation. Louis Charles Breguet developed the gyroplane, the forerunner of the helicopter. He also developed the Breguet XIV plane in 1916. And according to Breguet, “between 1917 and 1926, around 8,000 of these legendary aircraft were acquired by an estimated fifteen countries. Other models followed, such as the Breguet 19, and later the Breguet Deux-Ponts (Double Deck).” In conjunction with the activities of Louis Charles Breguet and his aeronautical firm, the Breguet watch company developed chronograph mechanisms fitted on cockpit instrument panels and later began producing pilot’s watches. In 1935, Breguet developed their first wrist chronographs. By 1954, Breguet launched the

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Grand Complication pocket watch No. 1160

Jason Pitsch

Grand Complication pocket watch No. 1160 is a modern replica of the famous, so-called Marie-Antoinette pocket watch No. 160, commissioned by Nicolas G. Hayek – the late co-founder of the Swatch Group – in 2005. The masterpiece took 4 years to create, based only on pictures and descriptions of the original No. 160 pocket watch which at the time was lost, and eventually recovered in 2007. In 2008, two years before Hayek’s passing, it was completed and has naturally become a permanent part of Breguet’s museum collection ever since. Pocket watch No. 160/1160 is still amongst the most complicated in the world, which is incredible considering the time period in which it was designed and produced (ordered in 1783 and completed in 1827). Marie-Antoinette pocket watch, No. 1160, like the original No. 160, is a perpétuelle, or self-winding timepiece, which

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Breguet revolutionizes watchmaking again

Jason Pitsch

Awarded the distinguished “Aiguille d’Or” grand prize at the Geneva Grand Prix in 2014, the Breguet Classique Chronométrie 7727 movement could revolutionize modern watchmaking with its patented magnetic pivot system. Breguet introduced their first 10Hz (72,000 vph) movement in 2010, and has since introduced newer iterations such as this in 2013. Fast forward to 2014, and the Chronometrie 7727 is powered by Breguet’s very latest high-frequency movement. The new caliber 574DR movement is incredibly accurate, according to the manufacture, because the magnetic pivots allow Breguet to control the negative effects of magnetism in a watch, but also allows them to use the magnetic force to improve the pivoting, rotation and stability of the balance staff, thereby significantly improving the chronometry of the watch. Breguet’s patented magnetic pivot system The precision of the movement has been significantly increased because of the

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Breguet Type XXI 3813 for Only Watch

Breguet introduces the Type XXI 3813 in a unique platinum case for Only Watch, which takes place in Geneva on November 7, 2015. Apart from the case being platinum and a special inscription on the back, this is the same as a production version of the Type XXI timepiece with a 42 mm diameter case, delicately fluted caseband, bidirectional rotating bezel, screw down crown and 100 meters water-resistance. The dial is in matte slate grey with luminescent hands and hour markers, as well as a chapter ring with luminescent Arabic numerals. A day/night indicator sits 3 o’clock and a 12-hour counter and date aperture at 6 o’clock, with small seconds at 9 o’clock and a central minutes counter. Inside, is a self-winding chronograph movement with flyback function, numbered and signed Breguet. Cal. 584Q/1 with a frequency of 4Hz, 25 jewels

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Breguet Marine Chronograph 5823 "200 Ans de Marine"

To celebrate 200 years since Abraham-Louis Breguet was appointed to make chronometer’s for the French Royal Navy by King Louis XVIII, Breguet has created a special 200 piece limited edition timepiece – the Marine Chronograph “200 Ans de Marine” 5823. In 1815, Breguet designed marine chronometers that were importnat to determining a ship’s location at sea, and therefore they had to be accurate, and so they were mounted in wooden boxes with a gimbal suspension system to keep the timepieces level. Today, the Marine collection pays homage to Breguet’s work with a contemporary timepiece measuring 42 mm in diameter and crafted from 950 platinum, and fully polished on all exterior surfaces. The dials feature intricate wave guilloche patterns, open-tipped Breguet hour and minute hands with lume, applied indexes and Roman numerals and uniqely, the chronograph features a central seconds counter.

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Breguet Type XX Aéronavale flyback chronograph

Breguet’s Type XXI and XXII collections feature 42 mm and 44 mm diameter cases, respectively. However, there is also a third, lesser known size, represented by the Type XX designation. The Type XX Aéronavale flyback chronograph is 39 mm in diameter by 14.4 mm tall, with fluted case flanks, polished lugs and a rotating satin brushed steel bezel. It’s the smallest men’s watch in the collection, and proportionally our favorite. With a black dial as the background, the steel hands and Arabic numerals are treated with a white luminescent material that contrasts perfectly and offer excellent readability. The 30-minute chronograph hand at three o’clock is also luminescent. Visible within the 12-hour totalizer at six o’clock is a date aperture (also available without a date). The outer chapter ring has white graduations, with a dot marking every fifth minute. A polished

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Breguet Tradition Chronograph Independent 7077 Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

Breguet recently debuted an incredibly cool new chronograph that will likely appeal to chronograph lovers, as well as those of you who appreciate highly technical timepieces. The Tradition Chronograph Independent 7077 was introduced at Baselworld last month and represents a mixture of modern and historical horology, resulting in something truly innovative. Utilizing specifications and know-how from Breguet historical reference 4009, the watchmakers in L’Abbaye developed a modern chronograph using two separate gear trains to improve the timekeeping (chronometry), specifically when the chronograph is being used. Each gear train has its own balance wheel, spring and escapement. And each is visible on the dial side of the watch (a hallmark of the Tradition line) that we love. The chronograph balance assembly is on the lower left and the timekeeping balance is on the lower right. Notably, the chronograph regulator beats at

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Pre-Basel 2015: Breguet Tradition Automatique Second Retrograde 7097

Breguet will debut a new Tradition watch model with a retrograde complication at Baselworld 2015. Located at 10 ‘clock, the seconds hand travels from 0-60 across the display, and then instantly jumps back to zero, every 60-seconds. The Tradition comes in a variation of models, including a GMT and Fusee and Chain tourbillon, which all have the collection’s signature feature: the movement is showcased on top of the baseplate. Contrary to the configuration you see on most timepieces, the Tradition line breaks tradition, by revealing the bridges, wheels, escapement, barrel and other components of the movement, which are usually hidden beneath the baseplate – on the dial side. And while the layout of the dial is completely unconventional, the finishing stays true to conventional haute horology standards. The dial is decorated with a conventional engine-turned hobnail pattern, done by hand,

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Hands-On with Breguet Classique Chronograph 5287

Jason Pitsch

Introducing the Breguet Classique Chronograph Ref. 5287, which comes in a polished rose or white gold case measuring 42.5 mm in diameter, with your choice of black or silver dial (rose gold and black dial combination is shown). Featuring no less than four beautiful engine-turned (guilloche) patterns, the dial is pure perfection. According to Breguet, “The dial is engine-turned in a hobnail pattern in the center and in a circular barleycorn motif for the double seconds. Snailing for the minutes counter and cross-hatching complete the dial decorations.” An inner chapter ring has printed Roman numeral hours and a printed minute track. The outer ring has a printed tachymeter scale. Breguet-shaped, polished, rose gold hands indicate the hours and minutes. A long red varnished Breguet second hand indicates chronograph seconds. And a rose gold baton hand indicates chronograph minutes within the

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