Concierge Price: $66,002
A collectible Breguet for Harrods.
This exceptional watch from Breguet, with a stunning engine-turned 18 karat blue gold dial, has a certain appeal watch collectors covet: it is a 7337BB/YE/9V6 model carrying esteemed “special edition” status in partnership with renowned London retailer Harrods Ltd. Much as major watch-brand dials indicating retailers like Tiffany & Co. in New York or a vintage Cuervo y Sobrinos in Havana bestow future collectible value, this Breguet is likely destined for an auction record one day after pleasing its owner with the way its 39-mm white gold case sits on the wrist. That is, if the owner ever wishes to part with such an exceptional watch, notable for its modern self-winding movement of silicon components yet rooted in renowned Breguet watchmaking history.
CLASSIC BREGUET DESIGN FOR MODERN TIMES
It’s easy to think of Monsieur Abraham-Louis Breguet himself, inventor of the tourbillon at his Paris atelier, marvelling at how this watch’s automatic movement records the day and date in addition to the moon’s phases. All of it fits within a beautifully proportioned case, just over 9mm thick while offering 45-hours of power reserve. With that kind of reserve, Breguet might have put this watch down on his workbench and let it beat happily away while working on his famous No. 160, the Marie-Antoinette pocket watch, which only took 44 years to complete.
Specially conceived for Harrods, this watch is extremely rare to find on offer elsewhere. The venerable retailer has a tradition of alliances with major watch brands such as Breguet. A few years ago, it hosted a remarkable “Made with Love and Precision” exhibition at the store featuring watches by 23 top watchmakers. Each of them made a bespoke edition for the show. Included was this now-famous Breguet reference 7337, which fans of Breguet know drew upon a previous Breguet reference, the No. 3833 pocket watch. It was sold to a M. Thomas Hawley in 1823, but in that version, the dial was engine-turned in rose gold with applied guilloché.
With so much history contained in this modern marvel’s dial, immediately recognisable by its off-centre chapter ring, let’s not overlook the watch’s case back. As one would hope, it’s in sapphire to allow a glimpse into the beating heart of the matter and its silicon innovation. If anything, Breguet was a great innovator. Appropriately, his story of achievement has a lot to do with timing: he was born at the dawn of the industrial age, taking full advantage of advances in technology while marrying it with remarkably artful design. To this day, mention “Breguet hands” to anyone with a meagre knowledge of watches and they’ll instantly know it’s a reference to the unique (and often blued) minutes and seconds hands Breguet designed for his dials.
A WATCH FOR EVERY DAY OR FOREVER?
For anyone lucky enough to acquire this special edition watch marrying the names Breguet and Harrods, the challenge will be to decide on how often to deploy it on the wrist. For special occasions only, or at one of the increasingly frequent gatherings of Hodinkee watch fanatics? The only challenge at the latter might be difficulty in pronouncing its esteemed reference 3773BB/YE/9V6 after the several single malt whiskeys often served at such gatherings.
Finally, the appeal of this watch and its stunning blue-gold dial can’t be restrained by terms usually applied to favourite complications in one’s collection. Surely it is just as satisfying to have it on one’s wrist on a daily basis as it is to imagine it in the safe for safekeeping, the historically famous blue dial ready to bring a ray of light to any grey day in the future – and to keep the spirit of Breguet alive.
Power reserve (hours) 45
Calibre 502.3 QSE1
Escapement Inverted straight-line lever
Balance-spring Flat / Silicon
Oscillating weight 22 Carats
Number of components 236
Metal White gold
Sapphire caseback No
Case shape Round
Diameter (mm) 39
Case thickness (mm) 9,9
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