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Breguet Classique Répétition Minutes

Discover the Breguet Classique Répétition Minutes, a timekeeping masterpiece that merges 250 years of horological history with contemporary craftsmanship. Share

In the world of haute horlogerie, minute repeaters represent the pinnacle of watchmaking complexity and aesthetic audacity. These are virtuoso performances confined within sapphire crystals and golden bezels. Today, the venerable house of Breguet pays homage to this artisanal brilliance through the Classique Répétition Minutes, a watch that is an aural and visual symphony.

The Vallée de Joux, a cradle of Swiss watchmaking, has been the home to Breguet’s Manufacture for nearly 250 years. Creating a minute repeater is an exercise in prolonged patience and skill that takes more than a month. In the case of the Classique Répétition Minutes, this work transcends ordinary craftsmanship.

Breguet Classique Répétition Minutes

Imagine a miniaturized cathedral of gears and springs, ensconced in a case of just 42 mm diameter. The challenge doesn’t merely end in ensuring that every cog and pinion works flawlessly. The real mastery lies in the nuanced calibration of the gong-springs and the hammers that strike them.

This timepiece is not only a feast for the eyes but also a treat for the ears. The contribution of an acoustician becomes indispensable to translate metal and movement into melody. The work of tuning starts within an anechoic chamber dedicated solely for this purpose. Harmonic and melodic fine-tuning occurs in stages to ensure that the final chime bears Breguet’s signature sonic identity. And because each watch is hand-crafted, no two Classique Répétition Minutes sound precisely the same, adding a layer of uniqueness to an already extraordinary timepiece.

Breguet Classique Répétition Minutes

Underneath its minimalist visage, the dial of the Classique Répétition Minutes reveals a vanishing craft—the grand feu enameling technique. It’s a laborious task that involves multiple firings at temperatures over 800 degrees Celsius. The outcome? A visually captivating dial with powdered silver-colored Breguet Arabic numerals, minutes track, and the Breguet logo, providing a perfect stage for open-tipped gold Breguet hands to dance upon.

Flip the watch, and you can peer into the soul of the Classique Répétition Minutes through its sapphire crystal caseback. The hand-wound movement, Calibre 567.2, is not just a functional unit; it’s a canvas of technical brilliance and aesthetic sophistication. With its balance oscillating at a frequency of 2.5 Hz, this movement is a tour de force.

Breguet Classique Répétition Minutes

But what truly sets this masterpiece apart is Breguet’s patented arrangement of gongs and hammers. Unlike traditional watches where the gongs are attached to the plate, here they are fixed to the case middle, allowing for superior sound transmission. The use of gold for both the case and the gongs ensures an acoustic symbiosis, a feature that is yet another feather in Breguet’s cap of innovations.

Minute repeaters owe their existence to the ingenuity of the 17th century when telling time after dark was a challenge. This innovation has come a long way, with Abraham-Louis Breguet transforming this complication in 1783 by creating the first repeating watches that used a spring blade instead of a bell-type gong. The Classique Répétition Minutes represents a full-circle journey to that revolutionary moment. The Classique Répétition Minutes is available in rose gold; for those who prefer a cooler sheen, a white gold variant with a midnight blue alligator leather strap and grand feu enamel dial is also an option.

Technical Specifications
Guide Price
CHF 243,000
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