Sunday, 17 May 2015

Some Breguet 2015 Basel Pieces & A Fine Looking Dual Timezone Piece from Before

didn't get a chance to view all the pieces they had in 2015 as the minute repeater didn't make it to our shores and the independent chronograph had to go travelling. no matter there were some interesting pieces about :) [Thanks to the team at Breguet for access to them]

The new model gets its name from the retrograde seconds hand at 10 o'clock, which supplements the
 hours and minutes shown by Breguet-style open-tipped hands in blued steel. Breguet’s watchmakers
show off the complication with the help of a circular-brushed semi-circle that also makes the other 
indications easy to read. To maintain the symmetry, the pare-chute is located at 4 o'clock
50 hours power reserve. Gold winding rotor borrowing its style from Breguet antique watches
conventional engine-turned hobnail pattern, done by hand, highlights a dial in silvered gold offset
at 12 o'clock. This type of dial can be found on many of the tact watches that Abraham-Louis Breguet
 made from 1799 onwards
Straight-line inverted lever escapement with silicon pallets. Breguet overcoil 
balance spring in silicon. Balance frequency 3Hz. Adjusted in 6 positions.
From 2011, the Hora Mundi Classique 5717 an instant-jump time-zone display allows the traveller to
easily display the time in two pre-selected time zones, changing instantly from one to the other simply 
by pressing a button, without disturbing the operation of the watch 
Breguet hands... The dial’s periphery, sporting a chapter ring with Roman numeral transfers, 
has a silvered and circular satin-brushed finish, a border that is hand-engraved on a rose engine, 
and red-gold hour markers – or platinum depending on the version of the case. The dial’s centre, 
depicting a view of the globe, is stamped and hand-engraved on a rose engine to create a “wave” motif
 on the oceans. The oceans are then given multiple coats of lacquer and the continents are polished. 
On the day/night indicator, the sky is made of lapis lazuli containing numerous pyrite inclusions
that look like tiny specks of gold and represent the stars. The sun and moon are made of solid gold: 
yellow gold for the sun, rhodium-plated yellow gold for the moon. The cover for this disc, representing 
a cloud and bearing the Breguet name and the watch’s serial number, is also made of silvered
 18-carat gold and engraved entirely by hand
The Hora Mundi is equipped with the 5717 self-winding mechanical movement, which is based on
 Calibre 777 with a silicon escapement, in this case fitted with an additional module. Four patent 
applications were filed when it was designed. The first was for a timepiece comprising a mechanism
 with two time zones; the second covered the display of a time zone on demand via the main set of hands; 
the third was for a programmable and reprogrammable mechanical memory wheel for a timepiece; 
and the last for a mechanism for displaying a temporal dimension by means of a dragging hand
thin, rounded bezel, a case middle with fluted sides, and added soldered strap lugs
Three versions of the dial are available, each representing one part of the world: the Americas, 
the European and African continents, or Asia and Oceania – six references in all

Oh and ladies also get a few pieces in, pics of 2 of them follow... BREGUET REINE DE NAPLES PRINCESSE MINI 9807 & 9808

9807 in steel. Its domed dial is in shimmering white natural mother-of-pearl, while the hour markers 
are in a marquetry of natural white mother-of-pearl. This is a real achievement 
because mother-of-pearl 
is naturally brittle, making its use in marquetry particularly tricky
& the 18-carat  rose gold version with gem-set attachment and crown: 9808BR
cool that's it's a mechanical automatic movement rather than quartz from my perspective...
Self-winding movement, numbered and signed Breguet. Cal. 586/1. 6. 3/4 lignes, 29 jewels
38 hours power reserve. Rotor in engine-turned 950 platinum. In-line Swiss lever escapement. 
Breguet balance on a silicon spring. Balance frequency 3Hz. Adjusted in 6 positions

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