The Réveil du Tsar 5707ER is one of the most thoroughly enjoyable watches I’ve had on in a long time – Breguet really hit the sweet spot for a certain kind of watchmaking with this one, and it’s a watch that couldn’t have been made by any other manufacturer. There is a lyricism in the 5707ER that seems more French than Swiss – the ability to deliver this much information this elegantly was one of the things that made Breguet famous; as George Daniels once wrote, the dial of this sort of watch has to be handled very carefully if it’s not to end up looking like a gas meter. It’s an example of modern Breguet at its best, and though fifteen years have passed since it first debuted, it looks as fresh and interesting today as it did a decade and a half ago.
$40,200 as shown, in a 39mm rose gold case. Movement, 519F, 12 lignes, with 45 hour power reserve. 18k gold rose-engine engraved rotor; adjusted in 5 positions. Alarm, ringing on a circular gong; time, date, second time zone, 24-hour indication, indication of the power reserve. For more info, visit Breguet.com.
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