You know what a minute repeater does – chimes the hour, quarter hours, and minutes to you because you’re just too boss to read the time on your own or even have your assistant inform you of the time (yes, we know there’s an assistant in the picture if you do own one of these). It’s one of those complications housed in a high-end mechanical wristwatch that takes the cake in terms of romanticising and respecting watchmaking traditions, arguably more so than any other, down to the complexities of its production. So, when traditionalist watchmaker Breguet relooks at this mechanism for the new millennium – a complication that its founder helped to pioneer centuries prior – they called upon sound engineers as part of their R&D squad goals in the same way upstart musicians ring the numbers of Dr. Dre and Quincy Jones to help pen the prologue to their legacies. What Breguet did was to work backwards to reach their goal: first determine the result (the sound) they wanted, specific tones produced by the gongs when the hammers strike. So, the powers that be sat down and listened to over a hundred thousand possible results, determined two specific tones in terms of audibility and harmony, then constructed a rose gold wristwatch and self-winding movement with the ideal parts to mimic those predetermined sounds. We can all empathise that to replicate the sound mechanically is a laborious trial and error process. What Breguet did was to reconfigure the system in a manner that only physics fans and serious audiophiles will salivate to. Sound emission theory, anyone? Just know that the gongs have been relocated and the hammers’ striking position has altered too. Breguet has even ensured that titanium makes up parts of the movement as it is known to be more helpful in transmitting sounds. It all sounds awesome in our books.