Baselworld 2016: Breguet’s chic reinvented with Classique Phase de Lune Dame 9088 timepiece.
The moon phase, one of the most romantic complications in watchmaking, is revisited by Breguet for Baselworld 2016. As is customary, Breguet once again devotes its technical developments and watchmaking expertise to women. With its new Classique Phase de Lune Dame 9088 watch, Swiss manufacturer of luxury watches Breguet enhances its collection of luxury timepieces for women with a watch of timeless elegance. Its pure lines faithfully reproduce the hallmarks that have ensured the success of the House for over 240 years. Both discreet and remarkable, this white-gold watch, measuring 30 mm in diameter, features exquisitely fluted sides and a dial in white ‘grand feu’ enamel.
To ensure its female clientele are spoilt for choice, Breguet also offers this Classique Phase de Lune Dame in a rose-gold version, and a non-gem-set version. In addition, the House has also produced a model featuring natural mother-of-pearl that has been engine-turned by hand, complete with Breguet hands and Roman numerals, in white or rose gold, either gem-set or non-gem-set. The brand has thus added a total of eight models to its Classique collection and women’s range.
The latter is adorned with Arabic numerals, also known as ‘Breguet numerals’ in reference to the founder of the House, who designed them in 1783. The minutes track, made up of tiny stars, together with stylised fleurs-de-lys for the five-minute fractions are another homage to the Breguet watchmaking tradition. The blued-steel hours and minutes hands of this Classique Phase de Lune Dame are inspired by the famous open-tipped Breguet hands also invented in 1783. Here, they have been redesigned and complement the enamel dial perfectly. The display of information is completed by a small-seconds hand and moon-phase aperture at 6 o’clock. The elegance of this timepiece is enhanced by a series of sublimely delicate brilliant-cut diamonds that grace the bezel and lugs.
The Classique Phase de Lune Dame watch houses the Breguet 537L calibre, a self-winding mechanical movement equipped with a silicon escapement and spiral. Visible through a sapphire crystal case back, the movement of this timepiece reveals a range of finishes that reflect the highest Haute Horlogerie tradition. ‘Côtes de Genève’ decorative ribbing graces the bridges, while the gold oscillating weight is adorned with ‘barley grain’ engine-turning.
In a continuous effort to reinforce its commitment in the fields of art and culture preservation, the House of Breguet launched this February a new partnership with the Teatro Dell’Opera of Rome, Italy.The announcement of this prestigious association provided Breguet with the opportunity to invite VIP clients and journalists to a performance of Gioachino Rossini’s opera « Il Barbiere di Siviglia », played for the first time in 1816 in the Italian capital. The choice of this work accentuates a particular symbolism—the great Gioachino Rossini was one of Breguet’s famous clients. During his lifetime, the composer was indeed the happy owner of a small simple Breguet watch, which accompanied him his entire life.