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The similarity in architecture between the Tradition 7597 and the souscription watches is immediately apparent; there is the same large, centrally located mainspring barrel as well as a nearly identical going train, with the same two large stepped cocks for the first train wheel and balance, and smaller cocks for the intermediate wheels. Breguet has opted, of course, for a modern lever escapement (there is a part of me that wishes they would do a small series of these with a cylinder escapement – probably a terrible idea, but when you write about the same thing for long enough, your tastes tend to become a little perverse, or at least, mine have). Breguet uses a silicon balance spring with a Breguet overcoil in the Tradition watches – this, to me, is quite an interesting thing to do, if not, hah, slightly perverse, as you don’t need an actual overcoil in a silicon balance spring to have the centering benefits of one. You can do things with the geometry of a flat silicon balance spring you cannot do with one made of a Nivarox-type alloy, but in this instance, it’s a nod to the Master and a very nice touch, if you ask me. Breguet has even included a modernized version of the pare-chute anti-shock system.