High-end house of horology Breguet prides itself on creating watches that are easy to wear, despite their mechanical complexity. Its latest release, the Breguet Classique 7327 Quantième Perpétuel, is faithful to that ethos, while also simplifying its popular 5327 perpetual calendar model. It’s still a busy piece that references the brand’s early history, but it tones down the vintage styling to appeal to a contemporary audience. Okay, so it’s slightly less ornate, but it’s still Breguet through and through and definitely a watch that hardcore aficionados will want to take a closer look at.
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Breguet’s approach to watchmaking has its roots in the 18th century and its founder’s innovative design concepts. This house style is instantly recognisable and features elaborate dials with multiple complications and a variety of decorations. Breguet’s watches are typically asymmetrical and classically styled and individual watches offer functions you might expect to find on multiple models. The Classique 7327 ticks these boxes but also gives a slight nod to modernity with its simplified aesthetic.
Let’s be clear, this is still an incredibly complex piece. Available in two variations – white or rose gold – the 7327 has a straightforward mid-sized case that houses its exceptional dial. Forged from solid gold, silvered and then finished with an exquisite Clous de Paris hobnail pattern, it’s a sight to behold.
The major complication, a Perpetual Calendar, is a remarkable feat of engineering that always displays the correct date, even taking into account leap years. That means the watch has a four-year mechanical memory, the equivalent of 1,461 days. The date sits prominently at the foot of the dial and intersects with the smaller day and leap year sub-dials.
They’re all beautifully finished and are complimented by a moon phase window that overlaps the numerals at 1 and 2 o’clock. There’s also a month sub-dial opposite with a blued steel hand that matches Breguet’s signature ‘moon tip’ minute and hour hands.
Unsurprisingly the movement of the Classique 7327 Quantième Perpétuel is even more complex than the dial. Based on the brand’s ultra-thin automatic calibre 502, it’s an attractive movement that is visible through the exhibition back. We love the quirky off-centre rotor which is, of course, gold and hand-engraved. Finishing off the watches is an alligator leather strap – midnight blue for the white gold model and mysterious brown for the rose gold variant. The Classique 7327 retails for AUD$116,800.
Breguet Classique 7327 Quantième Perpétuel
Reference: 7327BB/11/9VU and 7327BR/11/9VU
Case: 18-Carat White Gold/18-Carat Rose Gold
Movement: Calibre 502.3.P Automatic
Strap: Alligator Leather Strap
Water Resistance: 30M
Price: AUD $116,800
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