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Ladies First: Breguet Tradition Dame 7038

The Breguet Tradition collection welcomes a new prestigious self-winding model for the ladies.

Jun 07, 2016 | By Shatricia Nair

Fine watches aren’t just reserved for gentlemen. Swiss watchmaker Breguet thought so too and hence created the Breguet Tradition Dame 7038. Like many of its other watches in the Tradition series, this watch is a horological masterpiece both technically and aesthetically.

Breguet knows that it is the littlest things that count. With the movement components arranged symmetrically on either side of the mainplate, this ultra-modern watch is a graphic work of art. The watch features a central barrel, which powers the hands of the dial at 12 o’clock, as well as a barrel wheel and intermediate wheels that form a delicate arc from 4 to 8 o’clock. Breguet might have a tradition of more than two centuries but it is a pioneer of horological technology. The Swiss company applies the hand-chamfered pare-chute to the bridge of the Tradition Dame 7038, a feature designed by Breguet himself in the 1790s to protect the delicate balance pivots in case of impact. At 10 o’clock, a discreet retrograde seconds is engraved upon the frosted finishing of the movement. Powered by the numbered and signed movement calibre 505SR (visible through the sapphire-crystal caseback), the watch shares the same movement as its older brother, the Tradition 7097.

And because it’s a timepiece for the most discerning of ladies, its bezel is encrusted with lots of brilliant-cut diamonds – all 68 of them, to be precise. Housed in a 37mm 18-carat white gold case, the watch sits elegantly on most women’s wrists, the Tahitian mother of pearl dial furthers this aesthetic, lending visual interest to the otherwise metallic face. On the barrel, an exquisite floral engraving completes the dial.


Dimensions: 37mm

Functions: Hours, Minutes, Retrograde second

Power Reserve: 50 hours

Movement: Self-winding movement, numbered and signed movement, calibre 505SR.

Material: 18-carat white gold with delicately fluted case band. Bezel set with 68 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.895 carats).

Water Resistance: 30 meters

Strap: leather

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