NEW: Breguet Tradition 7047 ‘Waltz’

Breguet Tradition 7047 'Waltz'

Breguet’s beloved openworked the fusée-chain constant force and tourbillon models gets a gorgeous new cloak. 


Breguet Tradition 7047 'Waltz' 

Although the Breguet Tradition 7047 looks every bit a classic and highly technical timepiece, it is a contemporary roll-out that is thoughtfully updated for the modern watch connoisseur.
Each of the three distinguishing virtues of the Tradition 7047 pays homage to a significant milestone in Breguet’s horological legacy. The Tradition collection itself is inspired by Breguet’s ‘souscription’ pocket watches from the 18th century. Named so as they were made on a subscription basis, the ‘souscription’ pocket watches were basic but well-crafted, featuring movements that delivered on precision and robustness, identified by large barrels, balance wheels, and Breguet’s proprietary ‘pare-chute’ shock absorbers. These attributes are prominently showcased on the dial side of models from the Tradition collection, which was first launched in 2005.
 
The second and third historically significant features of the Tradition 7047 pertain to its technical features – the tourbillon and the constant force mechanisms. The famous tourbillon takes pride of place yet again on a Breguet complication, performing its gravity-defying duties as always, and as Abraham-Louis Breguet had originally intended 221 years ago. On the Tradition 7047, the tourbillon is reinforced with a striking and lightweight titanium carriage that rotates with greater energy efficiency and a state-of-the-art silicon balance spring within to ensure even greater precision as, unlike regular hairsprings made of metal alloys, silicon is impervious to wear and tear as well as temperature fluctuations.

Closeup of the dial of Tradition 7047 'Waltz' 

Taking things to the next level, though, is the addition of the fusée-chain constant force transmission system. As the tourbillon rotates to nullify timekeeping errors caused by forces of gravity on the movement, the constant force fusée-chain transmission system helps ensure that the watch’s torque and precision remain constant whether on a full wind or at the end of its power reserve when the energy is depleted and drop-offs to accuracy commonly occur. Like the storied tourbillon, the constant force escapement was conceived and patented way back by Abraham-Louis Breguet – in 1789, three years before the tourbillon was patented.
 

Caseback of Breguet Tradition 7047 'Waltz'

Breguet first introduced the Tradition 7047 in 2014. Prior to the ‘Waltz’ model, the series featured three variants: one in 41mm platinum with frosted anthracite dial and two in 41mm rose gold with anthracite or rose gold dials. While the Tradition 7047 ‘Waltz’ in 41mm polished platinum comes with the same dimensions and technical attributes as the earlier models, the latest addition to the collection emanates a cool and elegant demeanour that is distinct from its predecessors.
 
Hailed as one of the most aesthetically balanced Tradition watches, featuring a dial dominated by a time display, large tourbillon carriage, and two fusée-chain barrels that are all almost similarly sized, the Tradition 7047 accentuates the symmetry with a touch of contemporary elegance. Here, the time display with engine-turned decoration, titanium tourbillon carriage, and fusée-chain links are rendered in dashing midnight blue, while the rest of the open-worked movement is sheathed in slate grey. A blue alligator strap completes the look.

Breguet Tradition 7047 'Waltz' Front and Back 

Fans of the Breguet Tradition collection will recall that this is the same colour theme lavished on the Tradition Quantième Rétrograde 7597 from earlier this year. Like the previous makeover, the decision to dress the Tradition 7047 ‘Waltz’ in two-tone blue-and-grey may not seem like much, but it sets the new variant apart as arguably the most contemporary-looking of the series.

 

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