Back to Baselworld 2018: Breguet Marine Chronograph 5527
Abraham-Louis Breguet was the brains behind countless inventions in the watchmaking world. In addition to the tourbillon and the pare-chute shock protection device, to mention only two, we also owe to him the split-seconds chronograph, a complication that will soon be celebrating two centuries of existence. Not only did he produce certain timepieces equipped with a seconds hand that could be started and stopped on demand before 1810, but A.-L. Breguet subsequently created an ingenious inking chronograph with his pupil Fatton, then went even further by developing a “chronomètre à doubles secondes, dit d’observation” from 1820 onwards, the undisputed ancestor of all split-seconds chronographs. Breguet’s work inspired the entire watchmaking profession in all fields, and notably that of chronographs.
Endowed with the graphic codes of the new-generation Marine models presented last year, this 42.3mm timepiece sets the tone. The measurement of the time occurs through a central chronograph hand, distinguished by a subtle maritime detail and completed by two distinct subdials at 3 o’clock for the minutes and at 6 o’clock for the hours. The small seconds is indicated at 9 o’clock. A date indication between 4 and 5 o’clock sets the final touch to this sporty-looking creation.
Keen to offer a broad palette of possibilities, Breguet is interpreting this new model in several versions. The first combines a white gold case with a blue dial in gold, on which the wave-motif engine-turned pattern echoes the collection’s origins. A variation in rose gold is also available with a silvered gold dial. Breguet also offers its Marine Chronograph 5527 in titanium, a novelty for the collection. The Manufacture also offers the wearer the choice of opting for a leather or rubber strap.
Breguet Marine Chronograph 5527
Casein 18k white gold with fluted caseband. Sapphire-crystal caseback. 42.3mm diameter. Water-resistant to 10 bar (100m).
Blue dial in gold, engine-turned. Individually numbered and signed Breguet. Hours chapter with Roman numerals and luminescent dots. Minutes counter at 3 o’clock, hours counter at 6 o’clock for the chronograph. Small seconds at 9 o’clock. Date in a window between 4 and 5 o’clock. Facetted Breguet hands in gold with luminescent material. Central chronograph hand inspired by maritime codes.
Mechanical self-winding movement, Cal. 582QA. 14½ lignes. 28 jewels. Numbered and signed Breguet. 48-hour power reserve. Inverted in-line lever escapement with silicon horns. Frequency 4 Hz. Balance spring in silicon.
Rubber strapwith folding clasp.
Also available with a leather strap: Reference 5527BB/Y2/9WV
Also available in rose gold with a silvered gold dial: Reference 5527BR/12/5WV
Also available in titanium with a sunburst slate grey dial in gold: Reference 5527TI/G2/5WV
The price for the Breguet Marine Chronograph 5527 is $33,800 for 18K white or rose gold and $22,600 for titanium version.