Best of the Best 2013: Men’s Watches: Technical Innovation: Breguet Classique Chronometrie 7727

Though the use of silicon for watch parts has been touted as a revolutionary development, most watch buyers have had trouble discerning the actual benefits to the wearer. Breguet’s Classique Chronometrie 7727 (price available upon request) is the most dramatic of a new generation of timepieces that promise perceptibly improved accuracy resulting from increased running frequency—a feat made possible through the use of oil-free silicon parts. The high-frequency 7727, which runs at 10 Hz rather than the usual 3.5 to 4 Hz, utilizes magnetic pivots in the balance wheel—a solution that would certainly be impossible to deploy in a watch with metal, rather than silicon, components. According to the company, the 7727 is regulated around −1/+3 seconds per day, a much more precise standard than that required for conventional chronometer certification. (212.288.4014, www.breguet.com)