THE SOUND OF MUSIC
The manufacture proposes elegant variations of one of its star models. Shape and style breathe life into exclusive timepieces driven by a grande complication.
The minute repeater, one of the most exquisite complications in fine watchmaking, chimes the time down to the very minute and on demand. As its name suggests, the brand new Classique 7637 Répétition Minutes, an upgrade of the model unveiled back in 2008, is endowed with this captivating power. A discreet, slender pusher at 9 o’clock, perfectly embraced in the case middle of the 42 mm-diameter rose gold case, invites to trigger the mechanism. A crystal-clear melody rings out once the action is performed. A hammer strikes a gong-spring as many times as is required to chime the hours, another takes over for the quarters and a third one sounds out the minutes. This harmonious musical score is majestically driven by the 567.2 caliber equipped with a balance wheel boasting a frequency of 2.5 Hz. This hand-wound movement delivers a power reserve of 40 hours. This device, assembled using some 368 components, is a real masterpiece of micro-mechanics and also dazzles thanks to its finishes. Each of its elements is delicately hand-carved by Breguet watchmakers.
While these adornments center stage the engravers’ talents, the timepiece’s black dial highlights the expertise of other craftspeople who have become masters in “grand feu” enameling. This pared-down, streamlined dial contrasts with the caliber hosted below. An hour chapter comprising classy Arabic numerals confirms this artistic choice. The scenography gifts this piece with an extremely-sophisticated personality. The Classique 7637 Répétition Minutes is complemented by a matching alligator strap, attached by a folding clasp. Worth a mention, the manufacture also invites to discover a version imagined around a white gold case.