The Breguet Classique Power Reserve 7137 collection of watches isn’t new, but I’ve never really covered these lovely watches before, so I figured I should at some point. One thing I am trying to do more of on aBlogtoWatch is cover modern watches that are perhaps not brand new, but are still available for retail sale and are worth taking note of. The Breguet Classique Power Reserve 7137 certainly falls into that category.
In many ways, a watch like the Breguet Classique Power Reserve 7137 epitomizes what the Breguet watch brand is all about. The Classique case has a coined-edge side and simple lugs along with a lovely machine guilloche engraved dial. Those familiar with antique Breguet pocket watch dials will see the familiar layout and design of complications such as the moon phase indicator and power reserve indicator. It matches Breguet classique moon phase replica long-standing mastery of asymmetric (along with symmetrical), albeit balanced, dials.
At 39mm wide, the Breguet Classique Power Reserve 7137 isn’t a large watch, but given its dress watch style, I would not call it small either. The thin bezel makes it very wearable, and unlike many 39mm wide watches, it does not feel small as measured against contemporary tastes. I would gladly wear it on a regular basis given the mixture of size, boldness, and overall legibility. It is worth noting that the Breguet 7137 is actually an evolved and enlarged version of the older Breguet 3137.
Both the Breguet 7137 replica and 3137 are “Classique Power Reserve” models with the same complications, but each has a slightly different dial design and case size. Whereas the more modern 7137 is 39mm wide, the 3137 is 36.3mm wide – a size that was more common when it was introduced in the 1990s, or even earlier when the modern Breguet was very much a product of Daniel Roth’s work there. In some ways, the 3137 has a more elegant dial, but it is not as intricate as the 7137 when it comes to design. People will likely choose between the two watches based on the size of timepiece they like to wear.
Watches in breguet classique moonphase replica collection are masterful executions of finely conceived machine guilloche engraved dials. Breguet wants you to know that these aren’t automated machines, but rather hand-operated rose engines that are more like tools which only produce beautiful results when used by skilled craftsman. As is the case on many models, the dial features various aesthetic styles that work together marvelously. More guilloche engraving can be found on the surface of the automatic rotor, which is visible through the sapphire crystal caseback on the rear of the watch.
When mixed with properly-sized blued steel hands, the silvery guilloche engraved dial is extremely legible, which is a testament to the enduring beauty of these dials. Without exaggerating, Breguet Classique dials reproduce a technique in wrist watch form that was originally developed for some of the world’s best pocket watches that were made well over 200 years ago. Again, a simple survey of original Breguet timepieces will make that fact clear.
The dial of the Breguet Classique Power Reserve 7137 watch has the time, moon phase indicator, power reserve indicator, and date dial. There is no running seconds hand, which is not an issue for me. The information on the dial is useful and emotional (the moon phase indicator). Everything is rendered so beautifully, and the pomme-style hour and minute hands are easily visually distinguished from the power reserve or date hands.
Inside the 7137 collection of watches is the in-house made Breguet caliber 502.3 DR1 automatic movement. The movement has a power reserve of 45 hours and is thin enough that the entire watch case is just 8.65mm thick. If you look at the rear of the watch, you’ll notice that the automatic rotor is off-centered a bit, even though it is too large to be considered a micro-rotor.
You might be curious about the numbers after the Breguet name on the dial, which in this case is “Breguet 4923.” These same numbers are on the back of the case, and this is part of the serial number of the watch as well as part of a system Breguet uses to ensure the watch remains unaltered in the future as the numbers for the various pieces need to match up.
Breguet produces the Breguet Classique Power Reserve 7137 watch only in 18k white gold or 18k yellow gold. That makes it one of the rare watches today even available in yellow gold. Each version comes attached to a lovely black or brown alligator strap and a matching gold deployant clasp. The overall look and feel of a watch like the Breguet Classique Power Reserve 7137 is one that simply oozes refinement and class, but also visual interest and history. This is a serious conversation piece dress watch.
While Breguet is often known for some extremely complex watches such as their perpetual calendars, tourbillons, or minute repeaters, I think watches like the Breguet Classique Power Reserve 7137 are where most Breguet watch lovers find enjoyment on a regular basis. Breguet, like most brands that do very high-end work, aren’t really designing those pieces to be regularly worn – but mostly as collector’s watches. The Classique family of watches however contains an ample selection of handsome dress-style watches for daily or regular wear. With their historically significant, timeless designs, it is no wonder that so many politicians and captains of business choose Breguet over other brands such as Patek Philippe, especially in Europe and in the East.