Directly inspired by the signature watch caliber created by Breguet in the late 18th century, the new Breguet Tradition Quantième Rétrograde 7597 offers an open view of the movement with all its architectural forms and shows not only the hours and minutes, but the retrograde date .
In fact, the Tradition collection is inspired by one of the most significant pieces in Breguet history: the signature watch. Intentionally simple and uncluttered, the fully visible movement reveals a perfectly symmetrical design. In the new Tradition Quantième Rétrograde 7597 model, it also features a retrograde date display, a complication that the watchmaker was one of the first to develop and attributed to some of his most well-known creations.
In the new Tradition 7597, a 40 mm case in white or rose gold frames the 505Q caliber with automatic winding, equipped with an in-line inverted lever escapement with silicon claws, as well as a Breguet balance spring also in silicon. The gold rotor, visible through the transparent bottom of the case, is reminiscent of the Perpetuelles, or early automatic watches.
A perfectionist, concerned with both technology and aesthetics, Abraham-Louis Breguet designed a movement whose modernity is surprising even today. Over the centuries, this design remains at the base of the Tradition line: positioned in the center, the large barrel is surmounted by a symmetrically placed gear train. As such, the central wheel, at 8 o’clock, activates the oscillating mechanism of the same size, at 4 o’clock. This is equipped with the famous pare-chute invented by the master watchmaker, the predecessor of all current anti-shock mechanisms and a signature element of the Tradition collection.
Another specific feature of the new model is the hour and minute dial, which, eccentrically positioned at 12 o’clock and produced in gold, is inspired by that of some Breguet watches. As such, the new Tradition 7597 features an hour scale with Roman numerals, surrounded by a delicate Clous de Paris pattern, which serves as a backdrop for the blue Breguet hands.
In the interest of balance, an indication of the retrograde date appears positioned between 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock and a curved hand indicates the date, moving in the vertical plane. A patented mechanism allows fine adjustment of the date hand. The latter is multi-layered, allowing it to “fly” over the components of the movement. At 10 o’clock, a screw-in corrector allows users to safely set the date.