Breguet Classique Chronograph 5287 Watch Hands-On

Breguet Classique Chronograph 5287 Watch Hands-On

Breguet Classique Chronograph 5287 Watch Hands On   hands on

Say hello to Breguet's newest Classique Chronograph, an update on a classic... with a twist. The new ref. 5287 is built on a solid and historic movement. Something about the watch got me thinking... So pardon our little tangent. OK, so there are two very contradictory types of feedback that we get on aBlogtoWatch. Well, I lied. We get many different types of feedback but I am about to refer two in particular. Some people fault us for covering so much "weird" stuff they don't want to buy. Other people praise us for covering such a variety of watches in terms of design as well as price point. No, you can't make everyone happy, but this type of feedback does make me stop and ponder people's sentiments a bit.

While you can't please everyone it is important to consider how people react to content, and more importantly, why it is that I choose what we cover. While we have an impressive roster of very talented writers (each of whom I am very proud to have at aBlogtoWatch), I ultimately decide the watches we cover. So how do I make these decisions and why? I think it really goes back to what I want to be reading myself. Yes, just like all watch lovers I make very picky, sometimes conservative purchase decisions. But to be honest I have little interest in only reading about those things that I can strictly afford or would buy as a prudent investment. I like to pretend I am in a world where watches don't cost me anything and I can consider wearing, if even for just one day, a remarkably avant garde creation that is by many accounts just plain "weird," and possibly impossibly extravagantly priced. aBlogtoWatch is about covering all the products you want to know exist and perhaps play with the notion of wearing on your wrist. At the same time we make it a priority to include all the stuff you'd buy if you are "most people." The trick is that we aren't going to tell you which is which. That is a very personal decision you have to make on your own. Though we try to give you the right tools to make such decisions.

Breguet Classique Chronograph 5287 Watch Hands On   hands on

Breguet Classique Chronograph 5287 Watch Hands On   hands on

So how does any of that fit into the Breguet Classique Chronograph ref. 5287 watch? A timepiece from an illustrious brand with the type of history and prestige your grandmother would easily approve of. Is this one of those prudent investment watches and not one of the weird ones? Yeah, it probably is, but that isn't why it inspired the above thoughts. I am clearly someone who enjoys strange and less common watches, but I do quite love Breguet. This perhaps isn't the piece I would own above all others, but it is both prudent and anything but boring - so it seems to fit into both camps equally. Anyhow, what is the new for 2013 5287 watch all about?

At 42.5mm wide, this is larger than most Breguet Classique collection watches which average maybe 39mm wide or less. In fact, the 5287 is a larger and more distinctive version of the Breguet 5247 collection. Each of those watches was 39mm wide, and included the same movement. I think the last 5247 watch was the version with an enamel dial. Most all of them featured a retro-style snailed tachymeter scale. Those are neat, but I prefer the scale on the 5287, which is beautifully subtle.

Breguet Classique Chronograph 5287 Watch Hands On   hands on

19 comments
Jonah76
Jonah76

Breguet reminds me of what Jaguar used to be. A product that only suits the over 50's at best & pretentious at worst.

spiceballs
spiceballs

Well said emenezes - please keep up your great eclectic work.  Variety is the spice.

Breguet - attractive and stylish perhaps a bit large, expensive (and not toolish enough) for my taste.  As Kris C wrote - silver/steel case would do nicely.

emenezes
emenezes

I've been enamored of watches for many years, always checking out jewelry store displays, but without a real intention to buy any.  My interest on watches has been mostly aesthetic, an union between art, fine craftsmanship and engineering.  


That is, until a couple of weeks ago.  While window shopping, I came across a watch that caught my eye and for the first time I asked the salesman to let me try it on.  I was quite fond of it and feared an impulse purchase.  As I realized this, I figured that I had to be better informed about watches before making such an expensive purchase.  That's when I got to this blog.


After reading dozens of watch reviews, I felt that I was much better informed about brands and details to look for.  So I went back to the mall, browsed store displays again and the same watch as before caught my eye again, a TAG Heuer Carrera 7 with the GMT complication.  I again asked to try it on, but, then, with much keener eyes, confirming the quality of that timepiece.  No, I didn't buy it there and then.  As a matter of fact, I couldn't rationalize its purchase for me, but I could rationalize it as college graduation gift for my son.  Only not just yet; in a few months.


All along, I've been enjoying the reviews of watches that appealed to me and others that didn't, some that I could afford and some that I couldn't.  But, regardless of these subjective aspects, I think that I have had my knowledge enriched and my horological horizons broadened through aBlogtoWatch, which I thank the team for.


Keep up the good work!

RLaR
RLaR

"I like to pretend I am in a world where watches don't cost me anything and I can consider wearing, if even for just one day, a remarkably avant garde creation that is by many accounts just plain "weird," and possibly impossibly extravagantly priced. aBlogtoWatch is about covering all the products you want to know exist and perhaps play with the notion of wearing on your wrist."      YES, YES, YES AND THANK YOU!  

Fraser Petrick
Fraser Petrick

Elegant.


Too elegant for the likes 'o me : I drink beer...from the bottle.

armenta
armenta

Breguet is inspiring. Abraham Louis Breguet created his own sense of style, one that brushed off the baroque, and made reading time a thing of effortless beauty. I admire the fact that even in the dawn of smart-watches they don't falter in this singular vision. Granted the Type XX's add some of that tool-watch feel. Perhaps it's because they have the largest watch conglomerate in the world behind them, and they want Brequet to remain in it's lofty uber-high-end luxury bracket.  I'd like to think of it as enduring passion for it's origins.

Patrick Kansa
Patrick Kansa

For starters, I really like the looks of the movement, though it is a shame there's all the empty space in the case.  Past that, I just don't see the need/appeal for a chronograph in a luxury dress watch package - it just doesn't seem to make sense to me.

TheRealBrotherB
TheRealBrotherB

Note that in contrast to the 5247, the new model has a variable-inertia balance wheel; a significant feature.

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

Most people over 100 would find this watch daring and exciting. It's a small  market but it's growing. Why, in the next 500 years the < 100 age bracket will be wearing G-shocks, so Breguet will be ideally positioned to cater to the 100+ market.


That's long term strategy for ya.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Very nice, but I would prefer to see it in white metal. And, hopefully that version has a somewhat different colourway on the dial - the red, white, and blue is a bit cheesy for me. I love the Union Jack as much as the next guy, but still.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

This is conservative even for Breguet.  For me, a subtle watch still needs a little something, a tiny sliver of flair to hook me and get my interest and this just doesn't do it for me.  There are far more beautiful Breguets out there.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

I do love Brequets. At first I would say this is not my favorite one, but looking at the wrist shots, it is growing on me. The red chronograph hand looks so sweet sitting at 12 that I'd almost not want to press the pusher and disturb it. I found the winking subdial off-putting at first. But it does give the dial character. Jeez it sure looks like it wears big. Overall, I'd be happy to strap it on.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@Fraser PetrickYeah, at a bar they ask you if you want a glass for your bottle of beer. I usually say, "No thanks, its already in glass".

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@Patrick KansaOne of course needs it to time that sometimes irritating delay between the Hor D'Oeuvres and Consommé servings in a 10 course meal. Or how long that special order Quarter Pounder is taking at McDonalds.

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

@TheRealBrotherB The inside and back of the watch are beyond insane--I would literally just buy the movement and stare at it all day!!!


The front of the watch--not so much ;)