The gorgeous replica Breguet Classique 7787 is a fake watch not many other brands could get away with calling it “classic.” It has a silicon escapement and balance spring and, more immediately apparent, a dial so all over the place, most traditional manufactures would throw the design and its designer out when the first sketches were presented. However, in a Breguet, it all just works, anyway.
But not all the replica watches can (or should) have an open dial and multiple balance wheels – some have to be much more fabulous and elegant, in the more traditional meaning of the latter. That’s where the fake Breguet Classique 7787 comes to our vision.
Like some other Breguet replica watches, the 7787 balances its smaller diameter with some unnervingly straight lugs that are just the right length – the designer managed to not make the lugs a compensatory element, something that generally still happens too often on otherwise fine looking cases. As such, the 7787 is a rather small watch by 21st-century watch standards, but it still has enough presence to look elegant – and not apologetic. Most brands tend to struggle greatly either when it comes to making these designs look great stretched to above forty wide – that is just the nature of proportions – or with timid-looking, petite watches instead. This Breguet is neither stretched nor timid. It’s just about right.
Breguet hands meet Breguet numerals on the dial and that by itself is a solid recipe for success. Just these two elements are like the signature or a fingerprint of a genius. It is something that was made many years ago and has been functioning in perfect harmony since. Kudos to Breguet for not butchering the hands but keeping them the proper length – public service statements that watch hands must at all times reach their respective tracks, not point at them!
If you disagree with what I presented, I find some playfulness in this 7787. Perhaps it is in how the circular ends of the main hands clash with the circular counterweight of the seconds, with legibility further hindered by the long “F U” power reserve hand that stretches far too long across the dial. However, as this small watch would be peeking out from under a perfectly tailored cuff, after several months of ownership I can imagine many will wish they had gone for the watch that had some fun element there on the dial, not just the white plain of enamel to keep everyone happy by seeing you’re part of the pack, wearing a boring watch.
The fake best Breguet Classic 7787 is a developed taste for sure but, then again, that’s just fine. Breguet makes a sufficiently wide range of traditional dres’ watches, but once you’ve owned those – or if you can imagine what it would be like to have a safe dress watch – you’ll probably begin to appreciate the quirky-cool versions a bit more.