Tuesday night in Melbourne was quite chilly, and rainy to boot. But that didn’t stop our watch-loving readers from assembling at Fitzroy’s Cutler & Co for something truly special. And that something was a selection of Breguet’s latest and greatest watches, unveiled in Australia for the first time.
And for all that Breguet is known for their distinctive Classique and Tradition lines, those families were barely represented (though the new blue-dialled Classique was present, and indeed a favourite). No, instead the heroes of the night were the new additions to the sporty Marine line, and the feminine Reine de Naples.
And after the obligatory introductions from Sandra Moser (Breguet Australia’s General Manager), Andrew and myself, we all got down to the serious business of inspecting watches. And while the queue for the Marine Équation Marchante (which, though it was released a few years ago, still manages to wow) was a strong indicator that people wanted to get up close and personal with a watch that embodies all of what Breguet is capable of, as the night progressed, people started noticing fine details, like the quality of the new titanium bracelet options on the men’s Marine models, and just how stunning the guilloché mother of pearl on the Marine Dame 9518 is.
And while our guests had a diverse range of experience with the brand — some knew every chapter of Breguet’s history seemingly by heart, while others had never seen one up close — the watches, without exception, managed to charm and delight. And that’s as it should be.
If you’d like to see these watches for yourself, they’re on display at Monards Crown, as part of Melbourne Watch Week, from June 20 to 30.