Abraham-Louis Breguet sought constantly to improve the accuracy and reliability of his watches through numerous inventions, ranging from the perpétuelle selfwinding watch to the tourbillon. This same spirit of invention motivates the engineers and master-watchmakers of the Manufacture Breguet today. The Classique Chronométrie 7727, packed with new discoveries and technological inventions, is a prime example, as the
’’The Classique Chronométrie 7727, packed with new discoveries and technological inventions, is a prime example
achievement of several years of research into high frequency, magnetism and new materials.
The Classique Chronométrie also honours more than two centuries of Breguet’s stylistic tradition with the fluted caseband, welded lugs, engineturned dial, open-tipped Breguet hands, secret signature and unique number, all of which are the identifying features that express the essence of a Breguet timepiece.
’’With the patent of November 7, 2010 protecting
the magnetic pivot, Breguet has set a new
milestone in watchmaking history (…)
Silicon has physical properties that are useful to watchmaking in many ways. Not only can it be cut exactly into the complex shapes of balance springs, pallet-levers and escape-wheels, it is also totally immune to magnetism. This approach now makes it possible to use magnetism without this phenomenon exercising its previously detrimental effect on the ratekeeping of the watch. Furthermore, the balance spring, the pallet-lever and the escape-wheel also weigh less, thereby not only reducing inertia, but also improving the performances of the mechanical components. These silicon parts allow the frequency of the Classique Chronométrie to be increased to 10 Hz, enabling the measurement of a 20 th of a second. The Classique Chronométrie is also equipped with twin 180° symmetrically deploying balance springs, thereby balancing out their respective forces exercised on the balance-staff as well as contributing to the stability of the oscillator and hence to improved timing precision. These technical achievements, made possible by silicon, considerably improve the regulating performance of the watch.
From 1790, Abraham-Louis Breguet, working on the premise that the thin balance pivots were the most vulnerable to shocks, made them into a cone shape held in place against a corresponding cavity in a stone on a blade spring, and called it the pare-chute.
With the magnetic pivot, Breguet pays tribute to this brilliant invention, visible at two o’clock on the dial of the Classique Chronométrie. This dynamically stable system protects the balance and provides an effective response to the disturbing effects of accelerations and low-intensity shocks. Incorporated within the pare-chute, the magnetic pivot serves to safeguard the mechanical integrity of the system and to enhance its precision.