A One-Minute Look at the Breguet Tradition Automatique Seconde Retrograde 7097 (video)

 |  October 6th, 2016

Just a couple of days ago, Breguet created a beautiful video to showcase the craftsmanship and high technology of the brands  Tradition Automatique Seconde Rétrograde 7097, which was first  launched at Baselworld last year and which is still being made.  Crafted in 18-karat while gold, 40mm  Tradition 7097 is open worked to deftly show off the bridges, wheels, escapement, barrel and other  movement components.  The self-winding movement offers retrograde small seconds at 10:)0, off-centered gold dial and naturally features a sapphire caseback for viewing the hand finishing. , which are usually hidden beneath the baseplate. You may be busy but this video is well worth the minute of your time …. and may remind how the beauty of mechanical watches can  slow your…

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May Auctions Prove Investment Value of Watches, Jewels

 |  May 24th, 2016

  Well a lot happened on the way to the forum, so to speak. This month’s auctions are keeping us crazy busy — and are demonstrating yet again the value of the timepiece. Before the next round of auctions gets underway, we want to bring you a few highlights that may perk up your idea of investing in watches. At its Rare Watches sale, Christi’s set world records with the Charles-Louis Havas Breguet et Fils Pocket watch, which sold for more than $3.3 million (157 percent above its estimate). This sale was the most expensive watch of the spring season for Christie’s (to date), and marked the second most expensive Breguet et Fils watch ever sold at auction. At the…

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Presenting the Sound and Story of the Breguet Tradition Minute Repeater Tourbillon as Seen in Baselworld 2016 (video)

 |  April 7th, 2016

Just last year, Breguet unveiled its first Tradition Minute Repeater Tourbillon (Ref. 7087). While the watch was exceptional, the brand opted to return to the drawing board to perfect the sound and performance. This year at Baselworld, Breguet unveiled the new, finalized version — which should begin making its way to retail later this year. For now, we bring you a run-down of the watch, as presented by the editorial team at  WorldTempus (wherein our founder, Roberta Naas, also has a column). “Representing much more than a Grande Complication model, the all-new Breguet Tradition Répétition Minutes Tourbillon 7087 is a collection of innovations. Breguet’s engineers devoted themselves first and foremost to scientific research and only subsequently addressed the issue of the components…

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How Complicated Watchmaking Transcends Time Thanks to Breakthrough Thinking

 |  January 14th, 2016

Watch pundits of today often lament that all we create in watches now are throwback references to the past.  In fact, today’s watchmaking complications – freely defined as anything additional on a timepiece above and beyond the “simple” time indication – not only reflect the mechanical genius of generations ago, but also – and more importantly – reflect the genius thinkers of today and even tomorrow. Centuries ago, great watchmakers such as Abraham-Louis Breguet, Antoine LeCoultre and Adrien Philippe – among others – developed monumental inventions in watchmaking that brought us the keyless winding watch and even the tourbillon escapement (a device that compensates for errors in timekeeping due to the effects of gravity on the watch in certain positions.)…

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Five Great Pilot Watches (Great Holiday Gifts for those Inspired by the Sky)

 |  December 3rd, 2015

From the Battle of the Bulge to infinity and beyond, the pilot watch has been an integral tool in the history of aviation. Highly engineered, innovative watches traveled with trailblazing aviators Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart, broke the sound barrier with test pilot Chuck Yeager, and even made it to the moon with Neil Armstrong. As aviation and space travel soar into a high-tech future, so does the precision pilot watch. Top brands offer timepieces with the latest advancements in timekeeping, luminescence, and durability. In its Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon chronograph ($12,000), for instance, Omega celebrates tits legacy in space travel. The watch is crafted in ceramic with a sandblasted platinum dial, it features a Super-LuminNova tachymeter scale on…

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