The legendary Swiss watchmaker has reissued the 2009 Breguet Classique 7337 automatic watch in an exquisitely finished rose gold case. Beside the choice of metal, there are no visual differences between the original and the 2011 year reissue.
The refreshed model comes equipped with the same Caliber 502.3 QSE1 ultra-thin automatic movement that features an antimagnetic silicon balance spring and a hand-guilloche 18-carat gold winding rotor.
As usual, the movement is nicely finished, although is clearly not as splendid than mechanisms powering similarly priced timekeepers from A. Lange & Sohne. Still, there are the mandatory diagonal Geneva stripes on bridges, polished screws, gold-encrusted inscriptions and, of course, the 18-carat rose gold oscillating weight with the brand’s signature barleycorn guilloche pattern.
Breguet doesn’t manufacture their own movements for decades now, yet, considering the fact that Frederic Piguet is owned by the same Swatch Group, the Frederic Piguet Caliber 71 that the cal. 502 family of movements is based on can still be technically called “in-house,” especially if you take into the account numerous upgrades and modifications (including flat silicon balance spring and escapement with inverted straight-line lever and silicon pallets) done by Breguet engineers and artisans.
Although thicker than similar calibers (or, rather, calibers that feature similar functionality) from Piaget and Audemars Piguet, the cal. 502 with its height of just 2.5 millimeters (quite impressive for a self-winding caliber of traditional design) can at least be called ultra-flat, if not ultra-thin allowing the Swiss ultra-luxury brand to create a watch that measures less than 10 millimeters from top to bottom: a nice feature for a timekeeper, which is supposed to be worn with formal attire while looking as discreet as practically possible with its good proportions and short, ergonomically shaped lugs.
What’s even more interesting, is that the traditional fluting on the rose gold case does a very good job at making the watch look visually thinner: usually fluted cases do exactly the opposing job making timekeepers look bulkier and thicker. The secret behind the trick seems to be (1) extremely fine fluting that looks as thin as those on a coin, and (2) mirror-polished, nicely curved edges on the front and rear bezels that somehow make the watch look even thinner than it is.
Continuing with similarities between this and outgoing model, I feel like I should also mention the dial. Crafted from solid gold, hand-guilloched and silvered, it is also basically the same featuring an off-centered chapter ring with Roman numerals, a small seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock, a phases and age of the moon indicator at 12 o’clock and day of week and date indicators placed at 10 and 2 o’clock respectively.
The whole display is framed into a finely crafted 39 mm rose gold case with fluted middle part and a pair of sapphire crystals both at the front and on the back.
As far as I understand, Breguet doesn’t plan to limit the 7337’s production: when you price a watch like a Mercedes SUV (even if not a fully loaded one,) the limits are set pretty naturally by the invisible hand of the market.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4/5
Nighttime Legibility: 1/5
Value for Money: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Breguet Classique 7337 in Rose Gold watch specification
Price: $39,400 (MSRP, ref. 7337br/1e/9v6)
Movement: Automatic, Breguet caliber 502.3 QSE1, in-house, ultra-thin, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Hand-guilloched 18-carat gold rotor in barleycorn pattern
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, day of week, moonphase
Power reserve: 45 hours
Case material: Rose gold
Bezel material: Rose gold
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 39.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: 9.90 mm
Dial: Silvered solid gold, hand-guilloched
Hands: Steel, blued
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Brown crocodile leather strap
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective on both sides
Case back: Sapphire