Following the launch of the Classique 5177 in blue enamel last year, Breguet has now unveiled its feminine equivalent, the Classique Dame 9065. It’s dressed up in feminine style with a Tahitian black mother-of-pearl dial and brilliant-cut diamonds, but still bears Breguet’s trademark design with pomme hands and Breguet-style numerals.
A limited edition of 28 pieces, the watch has a dainty rose-gold case measuring 33.5mm wide and just 7.55mm high thanks to the ultra-thin movement inside. The case is classical Breguet, featuring slim, straight lugs and a finely fluted case band.
The bezel and lugs are set with 88 brilliant-cut diamonds, totalling approximately 0.606 carats, while the crown is set with a ruby. They frame a dial covered with a thin slice of black mother-of-pearl.
Derived from black-lipped oysters found in and around Tahiti and the French Polynesian islands, Tahitian mother-of-pearl is prized for its naturally dark colour as well as its visual complexity. Apart from being much rarer than white mother-of-pearl, it also has vivid undertones accented with overtones of marine colours like violet and green.
The dial features Breguet-style Arabic numerals printed on the mother of pearl, and classic Breguet hands with a slight – and unfortunately kitschy – twist: the seconds hand has a heart-shaped counterweight. To match the heart-shaped seconds and ruby cabochon, the date features a red disc printed with off-white numerals.
Visible through the sapphire case back is the 11 1/2 ligne, self-winding cal. 591A that was first introduced in 2006. The movement is based on the Lemania 8810, which was itself derived from the Longines 990 of 1977.
However, the most significant difference between the cal. 591A and its predecessors is the use of a silicon escape wheel, lever and hairspring as well as a free-sprung balance wheel with four timing screws for rate adjustment.
But as a result of its decades-old configuration, it offers a relatively short 38-hour power reserve as compared to the 50-hour power reserve found in the cal. 777Q inside the Classique 5177.
Key facts and price
Breguet Classique Dame 9065 Tahitian Mother-of-Pearl
Ref. 9065BR/5T/976 DD00
Material: Rose gold
Water resistance: 30m
Movement: Cal. 591A
Functions: Hours, minutes and seconds; date
Frequency: 28,800 beats per hour (4Hz)
Power reserve: 38 hours
Strap: Red satin with rose-gold pin buckle
Limited edition: 28 pieces
Availability: Only in boutiques
Price: 27,900 Swiss francs, or 41,100 Singapore dollars
For more, visit Breguet.com
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