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One of the oldest watchmakers in the industry, Breguet has been a brand lately overshadowed by many of its peers. Some might attribute it to the recent trend of sports watches and an ever-changing lifestyle leading to a lower desire for formal dress watches. Let’s be honest, you’re not going to be seeing much of their watches in the public unless you’re at some fancy gala. As I start to find myself transitioning from dress to vintage sports models, I find myself still having a soft spot for the Classique model. There is just simply so much workmanship in the watch that I end up holding a loupe half the time I’m wearing this.
Breguet’s unmistakable attributes include their beautifully made engined turned guilloche dials, blue steel hollow hands, fluted or what some would call a coin edged case. Should I also mention Breguet numerals? Though not shown on the Classique here, their trademark numerals were used frequently in the past especially on their pocket watches. There are plenty of collectors worldwide who focus their collection around vintage watches with Breguet numerals (shoutout to @Momenarty and @park_ji.hong on Instagram) and they are truly a sight to behold. Notable brands using applied Breguet numerals include Movado, Patek Philippe, and Omega.
We don’t have icons such as Paul Newman or Marlon Brando wearing these timepieces but instead, we have many individuals of royalty who showed fond interest for the brand; notable mentions include Marie Antoinette, Queen Victoria and even Sir Winston Churchill. Due to it’s nature as a dress watch this would be an unlikely candidate as an all-rounder and more of something you would be wearing at a dressier event. Nevertheless, if you have enough budget for a Patek Calatrava, I would highly recommend taking a look at the Classique collection.
- Highly detailed and extremely well made watch at a reasonable price point compared to its peers
- Classic and timeless design (Come on..its Breguet!!)
- Multiple variations of the Classique available depending on needs of the buyer
- Dress watch may not suit all occasions
- May not be a great investment piece / loses value in resale market
- High price point for entry level watches
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