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Only Watch Charity

August 8, 2011

Breguet’s  Réveil Musical for Only Watch 11

Breguet presents a unique creation, Réveil Musical, at the fourth edition of the world’s first luxury watch charity auction, Only Watch 2011, to be held on September 22, 2011 in the Principality of Monaco. The watch has a patented music box-type mechanism which enables this one-of-a-kind white gold Réveil Musical watch to play an equally unique tune, “Castle in the sky”, either on demand or at a pre-set time. The entirely original dial bearing a child’s hand completes a full rotation to touch the adult hand appearing on the flange.

Under the High Patronage of HSH Prince Albert II, 39 of the most prestigious and/or innovative Swiss watchmakers will auction a one-off model especially created for this unique event, to collect funds for research on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

The Only Watch 2011 collection will be showcased in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York, Milan and Geneva from August 30 to September 17, 2011.

The tour will end in Monaco for a two-day exhibition (Sep. 21/22) at the Monaco Yacht Show, the world leading Superyacht show which co-organises Only Watch with the Monaco Association against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and with Antiquorum Auctioneers who will also hold hammer.

Breguet @ Basel World ‘11

April 19, 2011

Hora Mundi Calssique 5717 was the cynosure of all eyes at  Basel World 2011 Breguet pavilion

At Basel World 2011 Breguet, arguably one of the world’s oldest watchmakers, presented new luxurious timepieces, namely the groundbreaking Hora Mundi, a model from the Classique, one from the Tradition collection and the new Type XXI flyback chronograph.

Hora Mundi Classique

The beautiful Hora Mundi Classique 5717 is the first mechanical watch ever, with an instant-jump time-zone display system. This Breguet Hora Mundi Calssique 5717 watch combines this iconic complication with synchronized indications for date, day/night and city. That means that this travel watch enables the wearer to instantly switch the time for two pre-selected time zones, with a simple press of a button and without the slightest disturbance to the operation of this dashing timepiece. Changing the time zone affects not only the time, but also the date synchronised through a “tracking” calendar system – and the day/night indicator. Breguet had already introduced a first Hora Mundi watch in 1996, in the Marine line. The 2011 version has markedly different functions. In addition to the hour, minute and second in the centre, it has a completely original date display that makes use of a dragging disc.

How does the instant-jump time-zone display system works?

For example, assume it is 4 pm in Paris on the 25th of the month. Rotating the combined crown/pushpiece reveals “Paris” in the window at 6 o’clock, then the crown at 3 o’clock is used to set the hands to 4 o’clock and the date to 25, taking care that the day/night indicator shows the sun. For quick display of the local time in Sydney, the crown/pushpiece is first rotated to bring up the name of the Australian city in the window at 6 o’clock; the watch then automatically sets itself to Sydney time. Since the difference in time is nine hours, the hour hand will move forward by nine hours. At the same time, the date will change to the 26th and the day/night indicator will turn to show the moon. When it is 4 pm in Paris, it is in fact 1 am the next day in Sydney. Once the watch has been preset, the double instant-jump time-zone display system will simultaneously change all the indications – hour, date and day/night – in a coordinated way from Paris time to Sydney time when the wearer simply presses on the crown/pushpiece.

Three variations of the Hora Mundi watches are available and each of them depicts one part of the globe: the European and the African continent, the Americas, or Asia and Oceania. This amazing Breguet watch features a 44 millimeters wide platinum or 18-carat red gold case or 950 platinum, 13.55mm thick.

classique 7337

The second novelty from the Breguet Classique collection is a refine and elegant Breguet Classique 7337watch, with Breguet’s characteristic asymmetrical style,an off-centered chapter ring and small seconds at 5 o’clock. The day and date are displayed on either side,while the age of the moon indications are set at the top.The beautiful hand-guilloche dial is a true representative of the company’s never-ending quest for exclusivity and excellence. It features the ultra-thin Calibre 502.3 QSE1 movement with 35 jewels. The automatic movement is fitted in the 39 mm wide case, made of 18-carat yellow, white or pink gold. Sapphire crystal is present on both front and back of the case of this lovely watch, and the strap is brown crocodile leather.

tradition 7057

The next Breguet newcomer is member of the Tradition collection. The Breguet Tradition 7057 Watch features an 18-carat white, pink or rose gold case, with 40 millimeters in diameter. Off-centered black dial (made of electroplated 18K gold) is shifted upwards to reveal the hand-wound Calibre 507 DR1 movement with 34 jewels. Power reserve indication is engraved on the front and back of the movement.

The Breguet Type XXI watch was inspired by the Type XX chronograph designed by Breguet for the Aéronavale française (the French naval air arm) during the 1950s. Its technical distinctiveness lies in a chronograph minutes counter positioned in the centre, like the seconds counter. The self-winding mechanical calibre also has a flyback function, which is specific to aeronautics and allows the chronograph counter to be reset to zero and restarted instantly with a single operation.

type xxi

Introduced in 2011, the new Type XXI has for the first time acquired a grade 2 titanium case with a black lacquered rotating bezel sporting numerals in relief. Its aesthetic was inspired by that of the former Type XX models from the second generation, developed between 1970 and 1984. Its functions include a date, a 24-hour indicator and a small seconds hand. Its case, 42 mm in diameter, is watertight to 100 metres thanks to a screw-locked crown.

Breguet’s Twosome

April 6, 2011

Breguet’s Type XX and Marine Royale are worth a handsome wrist


type xx

To honour the 100th anniversary of the Aéronavale on a specifically watch making level, Breguet has chosen to issue a special Type XX in a limited, numbered series of 1,000. The chronograph has a round case made of steel, with a fluted middle of diameter 39 mm. It has rounded lugs and a bidirectional rotating bezel. The watch is water-resistant to 10 bar (100 metres). The solid case back is engraved with the official Naval Aviation centenary emblem. The dial is matt black with luminous hands and numerals and chapter ring with Arabic numerals. The movement is self-winding chronograph with fly back function. With 25 jewels it has a 48-hour power reserve with an annular balance and Swiss straight-line lever escapement. The strap is hand-sewn calfskin leather.



marine royale white gold

Breguet’s Marine Royale 5847 comes with an alarm device that can only delight both amateur divers and aficionados of exceptional complications. The alarm setting crown and on-off pushpiece, in gold, are sheathed in rubber for easier handling. The bezel’s unidirectional rotation is secured by a blocking pawl, visible and located between the two winding crowns on the case flank. Shaped like a wave, it recalls the watch’s essential functions.  Price Rs 29.10 lakhs


Available at: Swatch Group (India) Pvt. Ltd. T: 91-11-46092907

Breguet Novelty

January 21, 2011

Breguet’s first and only series-made mechanical chronograph with  a frequency of 72,000 vibrations per hour


Breguet is introducing a contemporary, technically updated reinterpretation of that legendary chronograph supplied to the French Naval air arm, the Type XXII design. Its stainless steel case, 44 mm across, houses a Breguet chronograph movement with silicon escapement and flat balance spring whose frequency has been raised to 72,000 vibrations per hour, endowing the movement with exceptional regulating power, its chronograph seconds hand effecting a complete rotation in 30 seconds. The timepiece’s start function and readout are thus twice as precise. At the heart of this technical exploit is the use of silicon, resulting in more lightweight mobile components and the avoidance of the lubrication problems generated by high frequencies. An extra hand at centre counts the minutes by adding together the 30-second spans.  The minutes graduation in the form of dashes – one red and the other white – situated on the flange, combined with the numbered seconds graduation also appearing in red and white, serves to establish whether the chronograph counter is in its first (red sectors) or second (white sectors) 30-second revolution. The Breguet Type XXII chronograph naturally features a flyback function, allowing the totaliser to be returned to zero and instantly restarted in one and the same operation. Furthermore, the dial includes a second time-zone indicator along with an aperture for a date calendar. A two-position crown resets the second time-zone indicator by moving the hour hand at centre without affecting the minute hand. With the crown in that position, the date calendar obeys the time of the main time-zone displayed at centre. A 24-hour night-and-day indicator at 3 o’clock tells the wearer whether it is daytime or nighttime in the area covered by the second time-zone. At nine o’clock, a subdial showing the running seconds making full rotations in 30 seconds completes this truly exceptional timepiece. The chronograph’s black dial contrasts crisply with the flyback indications in red. The model comes fitted with an integrated veal strap.

Name calling ‘Time’

June 8, 2010

aishwariya rai for longines

Tweet: With slogans brands convey the Manufacture’s DNA

Be it any brand. Be it at any price. A watch tells the same time whatever dial it holds. However complicated it is? Yes, a branded and widely promoted/ advertised watch gives the wearer the feeling that s/he wears something what others haven’t been able to lay their hands on. When a timepiece becomes a product and acquires its an identity of its own a need arises to give it a personality.

T-I-M-E. Just four words. W-A-T-C-H. Five words. Interestingly, every watch manufacturer sees the word differently and conveys a message which is unique to its brand. We bring the catchphrases–the brands identify with.

Patek Philippe Begin Your Tradition

Carl F Bucherer For people who do not go with the times

Citizen Making of a Legend

Vacheron Constantin Dedicated to Perfection

Seiko Dedicated to Perfection

Richard Mille A Racing Machine on the Wrist

Hermes An Hermes Watch has time on its side

Chopard Time, incomparably crafted

Tag Heuer What are you made of?

Audemars Piguet The Watch of your life

Breitling Instruments for Professionals

Longines Elegance is an attitude

Breguet Sir Winston Churchill, from 1901, a client of Breguet

Knowing a true Breguet

May 17, 2010

Tweet: Easy steps identifying an authentic Breguet

Breguet watches are unmistakable for their perfectly rational styling where lines are clean and functions clear. Today Breguet watches carry the pedigree of an original design in sharp, blued-steel hands and the crisp engine-turning of the dial.

A Single Number

single number

Watch enthusiasts agree that each Breguet watch represents an exceptional standard of horological art that deserves to be identified for posterity. Since Breguet’s early days, the manufacturing numbers of its watches have enabled collectors to confirm their origin and provenance. In keeping with tradition, the unique production number assigned to each Breguet watch will testify to the talent and the care of its manufacture for generations to come.

The Secret Signature

secret signature

Their success soon made Breguet watches a tempting target for counterfeiters. In1795, Breguet came up with a counter-measure, the secret signature. Etched into the dial, the signature is all but invisible, unless the dial is examined in oblique light. Still a token of authenticity today, the secret signature has remained a feature of most Breguet dials down to the present.

Engine-Turned Dials

engine turned dials

An engine-turned dial is indisputably a true work of art. Around 1786, Breguet began fitting his watches with engine-turned silver or gold dials of his own design. The craft of carving recurring patterns in metal is rare today, but remains one of the details that identify Breguet watches. Manually engine-turned, the dials are celebrated for fitness of their patterns, reflecting the regularity of the movements within.

Sapphire Caseback

sapphire caseback

Breguet watches have transparent casebacks to reveal the complexity and finish of the movement, the soul of the watch.

Breguet Hands

breguet hands

Breguet watches have featured its founder’s celebrated hollow, eccentric ‘moon’ tip watch hands for over two centuries now. Designed around 1783, his slim, sleek hands proved an instant success and the expression ‘Breguet hands’ soon became a common watchmaker’s term. Simple and easy-to-read, they are found on most Breguet time­pieces and have been widely imitated by others. Unadorned, except for the celebrated hole near the tip, the hands bear the name of their designer.

Breguet Numerals

breguet numerals

Some Breguet watches display the distinctive numerals that AL Breguet designed. Although he himself was no calligraphist, Breguet’s Arabic numerals show his flair for combining function with elegance. Still used today, particularly on watches with enamel dials, Breguet numerals first appeared before the French Revolution when they shared the dial with tiny stars to mark the minutes and stylised fleur-de-lys at five minute intervals. By 1790, they had assumed their definitive form.



Although essential only to wristwatches, the lugs that link the strap to the case bear all the hallmarks of authentic Breguet styling. Screw-pins, rather than the more usual spring bars, hold the strap between the horns, a solution that is not only better looking but also more secure. The lugs have to be welded onto the caseband as much for the technical reasons of rigidity and strength as for aesthetic consistency. Equally exacting is the drilling of the hole for the winding stem. Only absolute precision ensures a watertight case.

Caseband Fluting

caseback fluting

The fluting (fine grooves enhanced with double beading) on the caseband of Breguet’s watches is another of the discreet decorative details that constitute what has become known as the Breguet style. In common with many period Breguet timepieces, most of the modem wristwatches have fluted casebands — one of the features that set them apart from other watches The fluted pattern is cold-rolled into the caseband, then finished by hand on a mechanical work-piece holder. Fluting on the caseband, bordered by mouldings, guarantees the authentic Breguet watch.

Diamond by the Hour

January 28, 2010

Breguet Montre Le Petit Trianon

You don’t need to be a goddess, a dream-maiden, a femme fatale, or a Hollywood starlet to adorn a Swiss high-end jewellery watch. But you surely need to have a taste to wear a Breguet or a Cartier! So what if your new acquisition for your wrist costs more than a Bugatti Veyron.

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