Breguet’s Marine collection draws its inspiration from the original designs created by Breguet himself for the French Royal Navy after his 1815 appointment as Horologist to the French Navy. Sturdy in design, Breguet Marine watches have for decades been reputed for their dependable performances. In 2004 Breguet launched a new interpretation of this product line, featuring a markedly more contemporary and sporty but ever elegant design. Following the launch in 2007 of the first tourbillon equipped chronograph with silicon escapement, this year brings a groundbreaking new design: the Marine Royale alarm watch, water-resistant to 300 m.
Breguet’s Marine Royale 5847 comes with an alarm device that can only delight both amateur divers and aficionados of exceptional complications. Underwater tests confirm that sound travels better through water than through air. Sound waves require material support and their speed increases with the density of the environment. Sound travels about four times faster under than above water. Furthermore, as the underwater milieu is generally far less noisy than the aerial one, the alarm’s sound is perceived with greater clarity underwater.
The alarm setting crown and on-off pushpiece, in gold, are sheathed in rubber for easier handling, adding a further touch of sporty elegance. The watch naturally possesses the usual diver’s-watch features, not least a one-way rotating bezel inscribed with a graduated 20-minute sector. The bezel’s unidirectional rotation is secured by a blocking pawl, visible and located between the two winding crowns on the case flank. Shaped like a wave, it recalls the watch’s essential functions. To improve its legibility even in the murkiest waters, its minute markers and hand along with the hour hand are coated with white luminous superluminova while the hour and alarm markers glow blue. Represented by a blue triangular pointer at 10 o’clock, the power-reserve indicator is also luminous.
Rounding out its attributes, the Marine Royale 5847 possesses a date indicator and a self-winding mechanism. The white gold version comes with an 18 kt dial with black rhodium finish while the pink gold version features an 18 kt pink gold dial. Both are manually engine-turned with the collection’s dedicated wave pattern.
Round, in 18K rose gold with finely fluted caseband. Sapphire-crystal glass with magnifying lens over the date at 6 o’clock. Manually engine-turned caseback fitted with a sapphire crystal. Diameter: 45 mm. Rounded horns welded to the case, screw pins securing the strap. Wave-shaped ratchet at 3 o’clock serving to ensure the bezel’s one-way rotation. Rubber-covered alarm on/off pushpiece at 8 o’clock. Alarm setting pushpiece at 4 o’clock sheathed in black rubber. Screw-locked crowns. Water-resistant to 300m.
18K pink gold, displaying a wave pattern manually engraved on a rose engine. Individually numbered and signed BREGUET. Chapter ring with applied blued Roman numerals and luminous dots. Triangular hand at the center for setting the alarm time. Alarm power-reserve indication in an aperture between 9 and 11 o’clock. Alarm on/off indicator in a round aperture at 12 o’clock. Date at 6 o’clock. Facetted, open-tipped BREGUET hands in 18-carat blued gold, coated with a luminous compound.
Self-winding mechanical, with alarm mechanism, numbered and signed BREGUET. Cal. 519R. 12 lines, 36 jewels. 45-hour power-reserve. Engine-turned 18K rose gold rotor. Frequency 4 Hz. Straight-line lever escapement. Balance-wheel with regulating screws. Adjusted in 5 positions.
Also available in 18K white gold with black rhodium dial as well as with a leather strap.