Breguet Tradition Tourbillon 7047July 8, 2022
Breguet Tradition 7047 Tourbillon gets a facelift with a new blue dial and components accented in blue. Various treatments are used to make the hue, but the end result is a harmonious and uniform colour throughout. Find out more here.
The Breguet La Tradition is a very popular high end tourbillon by Breguet. The watch features an openworked dial with a sub-dial for the hour and minutes and an expanse of space on the dial side to show off the innards of the rather magnificent movement. The fusée and chain mechanism is exposed for all to admire, as is the magnificently constructed tourbillon, held by its pierced cock. And as always with the Tradition, the way the sapphire glass goes all the way to the edge of the tiny bezel is a highlight to us.
This novelty is a facelift to the existing Ref. 7047PT119ZU and features strong colours to highlight and accent the piece. The pricing remains unchanged, but the blue of the new dial, the chain and the tourbillon cage transforms the aesthetics to another level. A bit more showy, perhaps, but still very understated and elegant. The aesthetics which are in line with the Tradition Quantième Rétrograde 7597 launched in recently. Could be the makings of a power couple watch, perhaps, we wonder. The 7047 being in platinum and 41mm case might go well with the 40mm of the 7597 in white gold.
What is interesting is that the treatment to achieve what seems to the eye as a uniform blue hue is achieved via different treatments. The dial and tourbillon carriage uses a blue coating, while the chain is thermally blued.
To mark the date of creation of the Tourbillon by Abraham-Louis Breguet, the brand unveils its latest model from the Tradition collection: a timepiece featuring strong colours highlighting what has remained – from past to present – one of the most fascinating horological complications of all times.
The fusée-chain tourbillon mechanism appears sprinkled with touches of blue. Various treatments have been used on all the components in order to achieve visual uniformity: the tourbillon carriage and the dial are covered with blue coatings, while the chain links are thermally blued. This new feature reflects the aesthetics of the Tradition Quantième Rétrograde 7597 launched in May and elegantly plays with blue and slate grey contrasts.
The Tourbillon stemmed from a necessity keenly felt in the 18th century: namely, to overcome the lack of accuracy caused by the vertical position of pocket watches placed in gentlemen’s waistcoats or jackets. The challenge was taken up by Abraham-Louis Breguet, who on 26 June 1801 filed a patent for the creation of the first tourbillon. Ever since, this complication has remained one of the most greatly appreciated by devotees of fine watchmaking, since it reveals the heart of the watch.
The fusée-chain tourbillon transmission device housed in the new Breguet Tourbillon 7047 serves to optimise the regularity of the watch’s operation by guaranteeing its constant torque, whatever its winding level is.
When the barrel is fully wound, it delivers its maximum force. The chain then acts on the top of the fusée and therefore on its smallest circumference. As the chain unwinds, its torque decreases yet acts in parallel on the widest part of the fusée – its base – thus ensuring the constant force of the energy is delivered.
Resolutely contemporary while displaying the House’s emblematic codes, the new Tourbillon 7047 picks up the signatures of the ManufactureBreguet: namely the “Clous de Paris” guilloché pattern on its off-centre gold dial, the traditional Roman numerals and the open-tipped hands. Like the watches that inspired it, its dial is secured by three screws.
The current Tradition collection picks up Breguet’s codes in a contrasting and contemporary way, as demonstrated by the Tradition Tourbillon 7047 model. This new timepiece is fitted with a midnight blue alligator leather strap secured by a triple-blade platinum folding clasp.