On October 27th 1815, Abraham-Louis Breguet was appointed chronometer-maker to the French royal navy by King Louis XVIII. It was not only a prestigious honour but also an essential state function. At that time, marine chronometers were of vital importance to fleets as they could determine the position of ships at sea. They had to be accurate and resist the constant movement of a ship.
Involved in this task, Breguet designed a number of outstanding marine chronometers. They were mounted on special boxes made of mahogany or walnut wood. A gimbal suspension system kept the chronometers level whatever the circumstances. The Marine collection recalls that period of the company’s history and meets the demands of today’s clients. The tough and dynamic looks of the Marine watches are the result of a contemporary design that retains some of the brand’s stylistic features.
To mark the bicentenary of Abraham-Louis Breguet’s appointment as chronometer-maker to the navy, the Manufacture has produced a most exclusive chronograph — the Marine Chronographe reference 5823 “200 ans de Marine”. This self-winding watch is limited to 200 copies and is distinguished by its platinum case.
Furthermore, its hand-guilloché gold oscillating weight features a two-tone black and rhodiumed exterior. The gold dial, in matt black, indicates the hours and minutes, with the chronograph seconds and minutes hands in the centre. This limited edition is further equipped with two subdials, one at 9 o’clock for the running seconds and the other at 6 o’clock for the chronograph hours counter. A date aperture, also at 6 o’clock completes the indications. The 42mm-diameter watch is delivered on a black rubber strap.
Model: Breguet Marine Chronographe “200 Ans De Marine” 5823
950 platinum with a delicately fluted caseband
Welded lugs with screw bars
Water resistant to 10 bar (100m)
Gold with a matt black surface, engine-turned
Individually numbered and signed Breguet
Hours chapter with luminescent dots and Roman numerals
Central chronograph seconds and minutes counter
Date at 6 o’clock
Breguet open-tipped and faceted hands 18-carat gold with luminous material
Self-winding movement, numbered and signed Breguet
Cal. 583Q/1. 133/4 lignes, 24 jewels
48 hours power reserve
18-carat gold engine-turned rotor, two-tone black/Rhodiumed
Inverted in-line lever escapement with silicon pallets
Annular balance on a flat spring
Balance frequency: 4Hz
Adjusted in six positions
Limited-edition watch of 200 copies