Breguet introduced the first in its collection of Tradition watches in 2005. The line takes inspiration from the French subscription watches dating back to the year 1796 when mass production of the Souscription timepieces allowed consumers to purchase the timepieces with a down payment and installments until the full price was paid. It was an 18th-century layaway program that began with a popular style of pocket watches. The latest version of the Tradition collection appeared in 2020 called the Tradition Quantieme Retrograde 7597. Breguet added a new variant to the collection for 2022 called the Tradition Quantieme Retrograde 7597 with a modern blue theme. The timepiece, like others in its line, is based on vintage watches from the 18th-century which is a trend in modern watchmaking these days.
The Breguet Tradition Quantieme Retrograde 7597 at a glance
The latest timepiece in Breguet’s Tradition Quantieme Retrograde collection stands out from its ancestors with the application of splashes of deep blue color. The first thing that catches the eye is not the new color, but rather the unique exposed dial that allows a full view of the magnificent mechanical movement beneath. The miniaturized round dial in a heavily textured style sits at the traditional position of 12 o’clock with a continuation of the blue theme in the strip-styled scale at the lower part of the watch face. Its complexities are evident and it draws the casual observer in for a more intimate inspection of the complexities of the watch through natural curiosity.
A closer look at the Breguet Tradition Quantieme Retrograde 7597
Monochrome takes us through the journey of the discovery disclosing the specifications of the new Tradition Quantieme Retrograde. The latest edition retains most of the specifications of the 2020 model. Breguet kept the original size of the case in 40 mm width and 12.10 mm thickness in classic Breguet styling. The front and back case material is fine 18k white gold with the same applications for other surfaces. The new version exhibits a thin bezel with a polished shiny finish. Each lug is individually welded with screw bars at the tips for attaching the strap. The baseband features fine fluting. The dial is a small inset version with a checkerboard texturing at the center at 21 o’clock to provide an accounting of the hours and minutes without interfering with the view of the movement’s inner workings. It’s not a skeletonized application but the movement is arrayed in a lovely finish that reveals the wheels and cogs that continually turn, moving the time forward with precision timekeeping for accuracy. Breguet didn’t go overboard in embellishments but the view reveals the central mainspring and finger bridge with architecture that is symmetrical with bridges, barrels, escapements, and wheels on the top of the baseplate for the front dial view. The front and back of the case are protected with sapphire crystal lenses and treated with anti-reflective coating delivering glare-resistant scratch and shatter-resistant coverage. The timepiece is water-resistant to 30 meters.
What’s new for the 2022 edition of the Tradition Quantieme Retrograde?
The new features of the variant are the colors. The scale at the bottom and the color of the inset miniature dial are the distinctions, along with a few mechanical refinements of the complications. The movement goes with a retrograde date to maintain symmetry of the exposed movement with a push-button correction feature placed at the 10 o’clock position. The date hand is centrally mounted in blued steel with a new hand-shaped aesthetic with a thermal bluing process. The Breguet hands are open-tipped with a silver tone. The Roman numerals of the upper dial feature alternating silver-toned powdered transfers and gold cabochons. Breguet explains that the movement is a caliber 505Q 14.5″ self-winding type with 45 jewels and a power reserve of 50 hours. It features a Breguet balance wheel with a solid gold rotor that rotates at 360 degrees with a reverse in-line lever escapement with silicon horns and anti-magnetic properties. The movement is comprised of 269 components. It beats at a frequency of 3 Hz. Deployant confirms the thickness of the movement is 8.7 mm. Functions include hours, minutes, and retrograde date.
Other information about the Tradition Quantieme Retrograde
Another new feature of the Tradition 7597 is the sophisticated strap. It’s made of genuine alligator leather in a midnight blue color. It secures the watch to the wrist via a gold pin-style buckle. The new member of the permanent tradition Quantieme Retrograde collection is available through Breguet. The suggested price is EUR 39,500 or just under USD 42,000. For more information about the purchase and release dates, you should contact the Breguet company through its official website at www.breguet.com.
The new 2022 variant of Breguet’s Tradition Quantieme Retrograde adds one more color option in 18k white gold. It retains most of the features of the 2020 edition of the model with a few modernizations and tweaks to maintain a lovely symmetry in the exposed movement that you can see from the front and back. It’s not a carbon copy of its predecessor. The 2022 variant offers a distinct personality with an exciting deep blue color that is reminiscent of the blueness of the sky and the depths of the ocean. The luxury timepiece is not water-resistant enough to expose it to the elements in watersports and I wouldn’t even wear it in the shower, although you might get away with it. It’s a visually stunning timepiece that bears the DNA of the Tradition Quantieme Retrograde line with visual features that are giveaways to its ancestry but in a new expression that distinguishes it from other members of the family. It’s been two years since we’ve seen an addition to the family and Breguet fans now have a new alternative that captures the imagination in a new and exciting color. It’s an option that is well-executed while preserving the integrity of the line and changing things up enough to elicit new interest for those with other iterations of the line.