I’ve not spend sufficient time with tonneau watches to really clarify the science of that which makes an ideal shape and wearing experience. To say that it’s all about proportions is overly straightforward. In this example, I believe that the comparatively flat top and base, rather conventional and stubby lugs, tall and flat sides with coined edges, along with the really round dial are exactly what make this view work.The Breguet Watch Unboxing Replica Heritage 5410 is produced in either an 18k rose gold and 18k white gold case. For my hands-on demonstration I’m wearing the 18k white gold model. The case dimensions actually appear modest, but as you can see, it does not wear that modestly given the case thickness. It’s 30 meters of water resistance. This view might look a bit on the small side for quite large wrists, but for a small to medium wrist such as mine, it appears really nice.Moreover, the comparatively thick and extremely polished bezel adds welcome visual mass that I think helps the overall shape. You can observe that the entire case is also curved, which allows it to wear quite comfortably. The sapphire crystal is also curved, but not more so than the case itself, which preserves a feeling of visual harmony. When there are other well-done tonneau-shaped instances out there that flourish via distinct designs, Breguet gets tonneau into their own distinct way. Naturally, it is not a design for everyone, but with something this visually identifying you definitely aren’t likely to make all audiences happy.The most interesting portion of this Breguet Heritage 5410 is your dial, of course. Complication-wise that the timepiece is quite simple, offering the time using a subsidiary seconds dial and a huge date index window. Where things get interesting is the specific style of this Roman numeral hour markers, as well as the in-house created guilloche-machine engraving that is once again excellent. The dial itself is made from 18k gold, which can be tender and easy to cut, and then silvered after it’s completed.
A two-day event dedicated to Breguet took place last week in Manila, organised by the watch retailer Lucerne, with SJX as the guest speaker. The purpose of the event was to detail Breguet’s unparalleled status as one of the most important historical names in watchmaking, while today being a manufacturer of exceptionally innovative, even cutting edge, complications.
Over 50 key clients of Lucerne and two dozen journalists attended the three sessions, hosted by Ivan and Emerson Yao. The brothers run Lucerne, the Philippines’ leading retailer of fine watches. They were joined by Martin Ganz, Breguet’s Vice President for Hong Kong and Taiwan, and Mike Lou, the watchmaker’s PR consultant in Hong Kong.
Each session opened with a 30-minute talk by SJX in two parts. First was telling the stories that fill Breguet’s past, like the saga of the Marie Antoinette pocket watch stolen by an international thief.
That was followed with a rundown of the brand’s crucial complications, including the landmark Classique Chronometrie 7727 and ingenious Tradition Chronographe 7077, which are amongst the most technically interesting wristwatches on the market today, but not widely appreciated or understood.
The Breguet showcase was the first event of its kind organised by Lucerne, but it won’t be the last. According to Emerson Yao, the retailer plans to repeat such events to further enhance knowledge and appreciation of mechanical watchmaking in the Philippines.