Introducing: The Breguet Classique 7147, With An Enamel Dial (Live Pics & Pricing)

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Breguet’s latest dress watch, the Classique 7147, is so Breguet it hurts.

It’s quite simple, really. It’s the Clasique 7147, right down to the movement, except the silver-plated guilloché dial with Roman numerals has been replaced by a dial in radiant white grand feu enamel with painted black Breguet numerals, and a poetic minute track (a dial we have seen in other Breguet models before this one). There are very few watchmakers I can think of that would introduce such a watch into its regular production line.

Breguet Classique 7147 enamel dial

The best part is that the dial is in one single piece, the enamel effectively sinking down to trace a sub-dial at five o’clock for the small seconds function. The transition from dial to sub-dial is buttery smooth. Fine details such as the hand-painted fleur de lys hour markers and asterisk minute track, are exactly what Breguet should be focusing on and where the brand can make a real difference in the watch space. This is tradition through and through.

Breguet Classique 7147 wrist shot

Overall, the dial is very easy on the eyes and much lighter than the one it replaces – though its pretty pointless comparing the merits of grand feu enameling and engine-turning. Both are seriously impressive, and the new Classique should be viewed more as an expansion of Breguet’s philosophy, not a revision of it.

The extra-thin, fluted case of the Classique 7147 suits this dial very well too. The watch is powered by an ultra-thin movement, naturally. Caliber 502.3SD is a 12 lignes, 2.4mm-thick automatic movement, capable of producing up to 45 hours of power reserve. It features a free-sprung balance and an anti-magnetic silicon balance spring, and is very beautifully decorated. The off-center rotor is particularly striking and a good reminder that this is a thoroughly modern watch inside.

Breguet Classique 7147 Calibre 502.3SD

Breguet will present this 40mm watch in both white gold and rose gold, and they will retail for $21,000 and $21,500, respectively. Both will come on an alligator leather strap with a gold pin buckle. This, in a smaller ultra-thin Classique case, say maybe a 38mm (which Breguet could absolutely do with this movement) would be perfection. Would it be too much to ask for a stainless steel case too?

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