The Breguet Classique 7137

After the French revolution, Abraham-Louis Breguet was the chief watchmaker of the French empire. At that time, the focus of his life was on accurate timing. The watch embodies that philosophy, having founded the Breguet brand some 235 years ago.
Breguet 7137 is part of the Classique collection, which incorporates multiple engine rotation iterations throughout the dial. Engine turning is the painstaking art of creating patterns on metal, leading to advanced decorative finishes in Breguet, which is a completely hand-crafted affair.
When it comes to precision and design, we find a silicon balance spring, open barrel and offset rotor. The movement, automatic calibre 502.3, is manually decorated. The movement itself is very thin, and the dial contains a moonphase, an age indicator, a power reserve indicator, and a date indicator.
From the 1950s to the 1970s, Breguet Classique 7137 was technically forward-looking but historically respected, inspired by the no. 5 pocket watch and the Breguet replica watches, which moved from perpetual motion to dial and groove cases. Each component, from dial layout to case and movement design, exudes all the elements of the Breguet.  rolex-089075_05
My father has a Breguet dress watch, which he bought 35 years ago. His watch was timed, about 34 millimeters, small by modern standards. The reason I bring it up is the fact that, while there are huge differences in size, movement and complication, if you put my father’s watch next to this one, you will fully understand the basis of Breguet’s design and the amazing quality that emanates from hand-made dials. There is a measure of consistency that is not common in the tabulation industry.
The watch’s technological innovations match the old-school craftsmanship and deliver them in an elegant, dare I say classic, packaging. The engine that turns on the dial has three variations: panier maille (basket weaving) for the energy reserve display, damier(checkerboard) for the date display, and clous de Paris (hobnailing) for the main part of the dial.
In a very wearable 39mm, Breguet has been able to accommodate quite a bit of information onto the dial. As mentioned earlier, the dial itself is intended to evoke the feeling of a pocket watch. Pocket watches are called pocket fake watches for a reason. More than 200 years ago, it was crazy to wear them on your wrist. The fact that Breguet is able to translate a dial design to fit a far different clock, and to do so in a balanced and unobtrusive way, is quite impressive. Can they put it all in a box that some people think is the “sweet spot”? Well, that’s just showing off.
Each watch has a separate number (on the dial) and signature. The movement is decorated with ccôtes de Genève, and the dial has an always recognizable open style Breguet handset. The Classique 7137 comes in two variations: white gold with a blue dial and a blue belt or rose gold with a silver gold dial and a brown belt.