The watch industry loves commemorating an anniversary with a watch.
Today’s post is about a comparatively low key watch that marks something worth commemorating – the bicentenary of Abraham-Louis Breguet’s appointment, on October 27, 1815, as chronometer-maker to the Royal Navy of France by King Louis XVIII.
The Breguet Marine Chronographe Ref. 5823 contains the familiar automatic Calibre 583Q/1 with an 18 carat gold engine-turned black and rhodiumed hand guillochéd rotor. Power reserve is forty-two hours.
This new chronograph comes in a 42mm Pt950 platinum case and has a guillochéd gold dial that is matte black. The chronograph seconds and minutes hands are centrally located, the subdial at 9 o’clock indicates the seconds of the running time, and the subdial at 6 o’clock is indicates the chronograph hours. There is also a date aperture at 6 o’clock. All hands are 18 carat white gold and there is the presence of lume.
Fittingly, this new Marine chronograph is limited to 200 pieces.
Not that this Marine is likely to go near the water, but it is water resistant to 100m.
Perhaps to some degree this is aimed at fans of Breguet and fans of the Marine. On the one hand one wonders whether something slightly more distinctive could have been done to commemorate such an occasion, but on the other hand there are sometimes anniversary pieces that perhaps add rather too much to an existing model, so the balance is a difficult one. In any event this is a rather good looking Marine, elegant but also able to be ‘dressed down’, as they say. I’d wear it.