Breguet Marine Chronographe “200 Ans de Marine” 5823

 

2015 is an important year for Breguet, and one of the anniversary pieces is the Marine Chronographe celebrating the 200th anniversary of Abraham-Louis Breguet’s appointment as chronometer-supplier to the French Royal Navy by King Louis XVIII. This watch is a limited edition of 200 pieces, with platinum case.

Case and dial

The platinum case is 42 mm in diameter and 14.1 mm thick, with the characteristic Breguet fluted caseband and a sapphire transparent caseback. It is water-resistant to 100 metres. The pushers on the caseband are a perfect example of the attention that Breguet pays to design details: they are not straight, but slightly curved. On the dial, the Breguet name-plate lies above the two key dates, 1815-2015; there are four hands on the centre pivot, the hour and minute hands in Breguet pattern but with SuperLuminova in the circular apertures, a slender chronograph seconds hand and a larger chronograph minutes hand with an anchor counterweight. The subdial at 6 o’clock indicates chronograph hours; that at 9 o’clock is for continuous seconds, with a date window at the bottom. The watch has a rubber strap.

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Movement

The calibre 583Q/1 automatic movement runs at 4 Hertz and provides 48 hours power reserve. Visible through the caseback, the movement is dominated by the spectacular oscillating weight, dedicated with a swirling guilloché motif reminiscent of a wave on the sea.

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Reference, price and availability

The Breguet Marine Chronographe “200 Ans de Marine” 5823 is reference 5823PT/H2/5ZU, a limited edition of 200. The price is €53,000, available from autumn 2015. Without doubt a collector’s piece; Breguet’s marine watches are particularly appreciated by Russian customers.

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