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Breguet Classique Chronometrie 7277 10Hz Watch Gets Refined, Hands-On

Breguet Classique Chronometrie 7277 10Hz Watch Gets Refined, Hands-On Hands-On

I was with the people who run Breguet in America a few days ago and one of them asked me, "what Breguet would you want to wear right now?" That is a tough question when it comes to a brand like Breguet. Do I go with a beautiful and simple watch from the Classique collection that is meant to remind you of Breguet's strong past? Or perhaps follow my love of sport watches and choose a Type XXI that everyone seems to love? If someone else is buying (which they clearly are in this scenario) why not go for broke and opt for a complex tourbillon in the Tradition collection? Somewhere in the middle of all this is the Ref. 7277, a newer model in the Classique collection that I find myself raving about for the second time.

Breguet officially launched the Classique Chronometrie ref. 7727 watch in 2012 and we have a full hands-on look with video (here). That was at Baselworld 2012 and we really liked it then. At Baselworld 2013 the 7727 was back, with a minor change on the dial, and available in both 18k rose gold and 18k white gold cases. What was different on the dial? Well everyone seemed to love the watch but really didn't like the "10Hz" text on the dial being printed in red. So Breguet redesigned it to be in a gray color that blends in with the guilloche engraved dial. Better now? I honestly didn't mind it being in red because I thought the label helped define the watch as a unique mixture of the past and present. Is it more elegant with the gray text? Yes. Problem solved everyone?

Breguet Classique Chronometrie 7277 10Hz Watch Gets Refined, Hands-On Hands-On

Breguet Classique Chronometrie 7277 10Hz Watch Gets Refined, Hands-On Hands-On

There isn't any point just reiterating what we said last year about the Breguet 7727 once again. Though our pictures are better this time around. It is interesting on a personal level to see how my photography continues to improve as I test new equipment and techniques to take pictures of watches. In a studio setting it can be tricky to capture watches properly, but at trade shows where time, lighting, and space are limited, I take it as a real triumph when things go well. At the same time, we keep learning and investing in new things to perfect the process. We feel that sharing with people, a life-like vision of the watches they want to see, is important. Artsy images are great, but for us it is important to convey a real sense of what watches look like in the real world to the aBlogtoWatch audience.

If you like the classic, iconic look of Breguet then you'll feel very warm wearing the 7727. The 41mm wide case is 100% Breguet DNA with its coined (fluted) siding, and simple lugs. As I've said in the past, the 7727 is actually quite thin. It is 9.65mm thick, but I swear it feels thinner. With a thin bezel, that width and thickness made for a really well-wearing watch. Breguet Classique watches can be on the smaller side, so this 41mm wide size is great in my opinion.

Breguet Classique Chronometrie 7277 10Hz Watch Gets Refined, Hands-On Hands-On

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  • I appreciate that behind a classical looking dial and case beat such a state of the art, high-tech engine. Maybe not my very favorite Breguet dial, but yeah, this would do nicely if they were offering it to me.

  • In this style, I’ll take ALS over Breguet thankyouverymuch.
    Something’s a bit off about many of their designs in my eyes…Oh and yeah, the 10Hz thing, it’s not red anymore which is an improvement, but it’s still too prominent..and that font….God have mercy!

  • Panagiotis Oh? now someone is offering a. Lange und Sohne watches? Even better 🙂 I link the way you think.

  • MarkCarsonMarkCarson To be fair, I wouldn’t exactly say no to a nice Transatlantique, or any of their dress watches if they fell from the great Watch Tree in the Sky…But I feel they’re just trying too hard…Trying to cram as many elaborate decorations into as little space as possible…
    Wavy pattern over guilloche over Geneva stripes over fluted sides etc…I get it, you have MASTER decorators on the micro level…but couldn’t, for example, the Geneva stripes team just sit this one out? Just to see how the watch turns out without them…?

  • Panagiotis I agree. And that’s why my first comment said this was not my very favorite Brequet dial. And the power reserve seems oddly large to me.

  • GalacticSushiman

    Dear Breguet, please fire the designer in charge of the 10Hz font, thank you!

  • bluzer

    Nobody mentioned the tiny “bridge” at 2 o’clock. It seems to be in the right position for the top of the balance wheel(s), but it doesn’t look like it’s holding a magnet, just a ruby. Can anyone who’s seen live elaborate?

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  • mcv1973a

    Even with all the complaints I’ve heard, I’d still wear this over that ghastly Jay Z Hublot POS…

  • mcv1973a Got that right!!!

  • bluzer I have not seen it, but the bridge does seem to hold a pivot and it is the axis position of the balance wheel (one of them anyway) as seen from the photo of the back of the watch. I can’t tell for sure that it is, or is no,t a ruby from the photo. So I would not be surprised if this indeed is a visual indicator up front for the trick magnetic pivot.

  • DG Cayse

    Beautiful photographs for a beautiful time piece. But naturally, it is a Breguet. One would expect nothing less.
    Alas, also not my favorite of the marque…but it would do nicely if received as a gift.
    From their Marine line:
    “A reinforced case and a protected crown make the Marine watches safe in
    action, while their workmanship and styling show that elegance always
    outranks fashion.”
    Now THAT is copy writing.   “…elegance always outranks fashion.”….Something many watch marques seem to disregard.

  • somethingnottaken

    I’d guess another reason Breguet don’t want to brag too much about accuracy is that quartz watches, even cheap ones, are more accurate. So accuracy is unlikely to be the primary concern of a mechanical watch buyer – the novelty and mechanical virtuosity of the 10Hz movement are going to be more important to most prospective buyers.

  • MarkCarson The whole power reserve thing is ridonculous…Why does every brand feel the need to over-emphasize that feature?
    It’s not like people are checking it every 5 minutes!
    How many cars do you see with a fuel gauge the size of a steering wheel? Exactly…

  • mcv1973a

    I want to like it… but it’s a bit too monochromatic for me. All it would take is just a hint of color.

  • Kris C

    mcv1973a How are those 2 watches related at all? That’s quite the (unnecessary) jump.

  • TimepieceConcierge

    That is the top of the bridge holding the parachute shock absorber. 7727bb available now. List price plus sales tax (firm) contact for details.

  • IanE

    I love most Breguet watches, but I am at best lukewarm about this. It looks as though it was designed by a committee, each member of which was determined to get his/her design element in somewhere!