Review: Contemporary Elegance – The Breguet Classique 5177 with Grand Feu Blue Enamel Dial

Review: Contemporary Elegance – The Breguet Classique 5177 with Grand Feu Blue Enamel Dial

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Breguet Classique 5177 with Grand Feu Blue Enamel Dial

The Classique collection by Breguet hosts some of the brand’s most elegant timepieces Whether it’s extra-thin models or complicated watches, they all remain rooted to the technical principles, the artistry and the traditional values of the Breguet watch Recent releases of Classique timepieces have been very well-received by the watch community; these include the refined Classique 7147 with enamel dial from 2017, and much more recently, the awe-inspiring Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Squelette 5395 from this year.

Also introduced in 2019 was a watch that may have gone under the radar for most, partially because it is not a complete novelty – we’re talking about the Classique 5177 There are no fewer than 15 variants of the Classique 5177 in the current Breguet catalogue, but this latest iteration may be the most gorgeous yet Here, we bring you the details and our thoughts on the new Classique 5177 with grand feu blue enamel dial

The Case, Dial, and Hands

The case of the Classique 5177 is crafted in 18 ct white gold.

Measuring 38 mm in diameter and 8.8 mm in thickness, the watch is classically sized and will slide under even the tightest of dress cuffs The case features design elements that are consistent throughout the Classique line, namely the fluted case band and the straight, soldered lugs It also bears mentioning that the strap is secured to the lugs via screw pins rather than the usual spring bars, a solution that is not only better looking, but also more secure.

Suffice to say, Breguet watch cases are a work of art in their own right.

The case of the Classique 5177 features the hallmarks of Breguet’s designs, including the fluted case band and the straight lugs.

But as immaculate as the cases are, it is always the dial that steals the show While the ‘standard’ version of the watch comes with an engine-turned dial, this year’s Classique 5177 is endowed with a grand feu blue enamel dial The process of creating an enamel dial typically involves the firing of enamel powder, placed on a metal plate in a kiln at temperatures of 800 degrees Celsius.

Enamel dials suffer a high rejection rate, as anything less than flawless is discarded The ones that do make it are objects of sheer beauty Unlike the standard hobnailed dial, the enameled dial of the new Classique 5177 is more ‘pristine’, and cleaner in appearance.

It’s blue hue, while less classical, certainly looks more interesting than, say, the standard white

To ensure legibility, powdered silver is used for the prints on the dial; this includes the hour numerals, the date numerals, and the company marquee Upon closer inspection, the surfaces of the printed elements appear grainy, offering a satisfying contrast to the smoothness of the enamel.

The only script that isn’t printed on is the secret Breguet signature, which is etched into the dial near the 6 o’clock position and visible only under oblique light The hands – rendered in []

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