Breguet, a name synonymous with innovation and finesse, has a rich history of creating exceptional timepieces that reflect its mastery of design and technical prowess. The Classique collection of watches showcases the watchmaker's expertise in building functional and aesthetically pleasing timepieces.
A sequel to the illustrious 5327 Quantième Perpétuel from 2004, the recently unveiled Classique Quantième Perpétuel 7327 seeks to evoke some of that ingenuity. It incorporates the brand's iconic perpetual calendar design from the 1780s with the classical Breguet feel, delivering a remarkable timepiece that seamlessly blends tradition with modernity.
In a somewhat unprecedented turn of events, the world of high-end horology is witnessing a resurgence of elegant, sophisticated timepieces, and Breguet's Classique Quantième Perpétuel 7327 is perhaps the perfect example of this.
The timepiece is available in two variations; 18-karat white or rose gold, featuring Breguet's exquisite coin edge signature case with a diameter of 39 mm and thickness of 9 mm. Conceivably, the most striking aspect of this timepiece and what essentially differentiates it from its predecessor is its refined aesthetic, particularly its guilloché silvered dial.
Finished with a Clous de Paris pattern, the dial layout is clean, elegant, and well-balanced, with the sub-dials taking on the same uniform pattern. The date, day, and year are displayed in the bottom half of the dial, while a month display sits between 9 to 12 o'clock and the lovely blue moon phase display sits between 2 and 3 o'clock.
The moon phase indicator features a minimalistic, hand-hammered moon set against a backdrop of a blue lacquer sky with shiny specks that, upon closer inspection, reveal twinkling stars. The dial also features blue steel hands, a brushed outer hour scale, and the Breguet secret signature engraved on either side of 12 o'clock.
Breguet's in-house Calibre 502.3.P powers the Quantième Perpétuel 7327. It is one of the company's thinnest movements at 4.5 mm thick. The watch's off-center oscillating weight is skillfully crafted; the same can be said for the meticulously-finished bridges, with Geneva stripes/waves and chamfered edges, further enhancing the visual appeal of the timepiece.
Operating at a frequency of 3 Hz, the 7327's movement ensures accurate timekeeping and reliability, while its power reserve rating of 45 hours allows it to maintain performance even when not worn for extended periods.
Although the 7327 shares some properties with the reference 5327, several upgrades enhance its performance and aesthetics. Silicon is resistant to corrosion and isn't sensitive to the effects of magnetic fields. Taking advantage of this, Breguet incorporated an inverted straight-line escapement with silicon horns and a flat silicon balance-spring to improve precision and longevity.
The watch is designed for optimal comfort and wearability, with a 39mm diameter and 46mm lug-to-lug size. The slender caliber and case combination ensures that the timepiece remains lightweight, making it perfect for extended periods of wear.
A finely crafted watch like the 7327 has to come with a strap to match the elegance right? Breguet opted for alligator leather straps for each version. A blue strap for the white gold version and a brown one for the rose-gold variety.
The Breguet Classique Quantième Perpétuel 7327 is a beautiful blend of traditional aesthetics and modern watchmaking techniques. It represents a timeless classic that should appeal to watch enthusiasts who appreciate elegance, craftsmanship, and heritage.
With its refined design and intricate details, this exquisite timepiece is a worthy addition to any discerning collector's watch winder.