Ever since it was launched in 2005, Breguet’s Tradition collection has been a shining example of Haute Horlogerie. Exquisite artistry, fine workmanship and extraordinary finishing details have always given the Tradition collection both grace and elegance. Over the past 12 years, the collection has gradually expanded to include a range of stunning ladies’ watches, most recently the rose gold Tradition Dame, which caters to modern-day women with a demand for incredible beauty and technical excellence in their timepieces.
It used to be the case that general women’s luxury watches were mostly smaller versions of men’s models, with simple quartz-battery movements and lovely diamond-encrusted dials. However, that no longer holds true. Breguet, for instance, continues to pique women’s interest with its mechanical watchmaking offerings, so it’s no wonder that the Tradition Dame 7038 white gold model’s first release in 2016, as well as this rose gold 7038‘s launch at Baselworld 2017, were so wildly successful. A jewel of rare beauty with perfect mechanisms, the 37-millimetre Tradition Dame is an iconic timepiece that blends feminine sensibilities with unparalleled technical innovations — truly paying homage to the past and future of Breguet.
Loyal to the brand’s rich heritage, the 18k rose gold Tradition Dame is a self-winding timepiece that is painstakingly handcrafted. Highly recognisable by the decorative rosette motif on the barrel, this luxury watch is fashioned with a handcrafted, engine-turned ‘Clous de Paris’ hobnail. Meanwhile, the dainty offset dial in natural white mother-of-pearl overlaps at 12 o’clock, giving the face an interesting three-dimensional aspect. And, of course, the work of art boasts unmistakable hallmarks of a Breguet watch: Breguet open-tipped hands in rose gold, delicate caseband fluting (the fine grooves enhanced with double beading), distinctive Breguet numerals and a single number that enables collectors to confirm the timepiece’s origin and provenance.
The Tradition Dame is equipped with calibre 505SR, which achieves unimaginable levels of precision and performance. Breguet’s movements feature cutting-edge materials such as silicon balance-spring, titanium, liquid metal, diamond-like carbon and special alloys. In the art of watchmaking, the properties of silicion have really put the mechanical watches in the forefront. Coupled with a silicion-based escape wheel and lever, the Tradition Dame’s — and other Breguet timepieces’ – balance-spring can ‘breathe’ more evenly, and allow the back and forth oscillations of the balance wheel to run impeccably smooth. Including the pare-chute — one of Breguet’s most celebrated inventions — the modern muse is also protected by a shock-proof system that holds the pivots of the balance wheel perfectly in place at all times.
Needless to say, the 68 brilliant-cut diamonds adorning the Tradition Dame are simply dazzling. These little sparklers are arranged in a crown set and complemented with a sapphire-crystal caseback. The alligator leather strap with gold pin buckle set is also graced with 19 brilliant-cut diamonds, which matches the round diamond-encrusted bezel and sleek lugs. The end result is an iconic timepiece that blends timeless elegance with intricate technicality — and an amazing addition to the ladies’ watch collection.
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