In an era when traditional size, style, and fine details seem to fight a losing battle against massive cases and marketing hype, the 36mm 18-karat yellow gold Breguet Classique Moonphase offers a refreshing alternative. Although modern in design and manufacture, the Breguet Classique 3130 benefits from timeless lines, winning character, and discretion befitting a true connoisseur’s choice.
Designed by legendary master watchmaker and independent high horology pioneer Daniel Roth, the Breguet Classique 3130 represents one of the earliest distillations of the historic Abraham-Louis Breguet pocket watch aesthetic into a wristwatch format. Heavily influenced by the Breguet No. 5 minute repeater with power reserve, the Classique 3130 condenses the iconic image of its inspiration into an exquisite 36mm package.
All of the hallmarks of a modern Breguet watch are present and correct. An intricate silver dial with complex contrasting guilloche patterns sets the stage for the power reserve, moon phase, and date complications. The cold-rolled gold case features coined flanks in a style that has come to symbolize there reborn Breguet brand’s commitment to no-compromise fabrication philosophy. Naturally, the signature cobalt-blue “Breguet” hands and stylized Roman numeral hour track are present and prominent.
Within the ultra-thin (7.5mm) case, an automatic Breguet caliber 502 keeps the beat at a stately 18,000 VpH. Based on the historic Frederic Piguet P.71 movement, the 2.4mm thick caliber is a high horology standout that vies with rivals including the AP 2120 (JLC cal. 920), the Patek Philippe Cal. 240, and Breguet’s own Lemania 8815 (nee Longines L990). As one of the thinnest and finest automatic movements ever built, the Breguet caliber 502 has a pedigree to match the prestige of Breguet’s marquee name.
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