Hands-On with Breguet Classique Chronograph 5287
September 15, 2014
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 subdial at 3 o’clock (30-minutes). Uniquely, the small seconds are shown on a double handed display at 9 o’clock. One side of the hand sweeps for 30-seconds, followed by the other side of the hand for 30-seconds, and so on.
Just one look at the hand wound in-house chronograph movement and you will quickly realize, the back is as beautiful as the front. From perlage on the main plate to every component being polished and finished to perfection, the caliber 533.3 is amongst the best looking chronographs on the market. Originally based on the Lémania CH 27, its column wheel design helps avoid the risk of juddering or seizure of the chronograph hand that is typically found in lesser chronographs.
Matched with a brown alligator strap and rose gold buckle, the Breguet Classique Chronograph 5287 is available now at Breguet boutiques and authorized retailers for $49,700.