Simplicity, elegance and intense engineering features pioneered by Abraham-Louis Breguet himself are the hallmarks of the house of Breguet’s Tradition line which draws its inspiration directly from the caliber of the souscription or subscription watch created by Breguet at the end of the 18th century. The house has just brought out the Tradition Retrograde Date a handsome and haute horlogery affair with its open work, its 40mm case in 18-carat white gold (also available in 18-carat rose gold) and the attractive Clous de Paris pattern finishings and Roman numerals for the hours hand.
The new member of the Tradition family, officially called the Breguet Tradition Quantième Retrograde 7597, offers an open view of the movement and shows not only the hours and minutes but a retrograde date. A retrograde date display shows the passing of the month with a date hand that gracefully moves in an arc from the 1st to the 31st of the month. Breguet was one of the first to develop the retrograde date display complication. The watch, whose movement is mechanical and self-winding, is outfitted with an alligator leather strap and enjoys a power reserve of 50 hours.
When Abraham-Louis Breguet returned to his Parisian workshop in 1795 after spending two years in Switzerland, he launched his subscription watch to draw in new clientele, a watch that could be reserved ahead of time with a downpayment. It was a huge commercial success and today can be admired at the Breguet Museum in Paris and other museums in Europe including the Louvre.
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