Breguet’s latest automatic stop watch from the Marine collection bears the name “200 Anns de Marine” and marks the two centuries since the initiation of the series. The watch is a tribute to the first marine chronograph by the brand which was commissioned for the French royal navy by King Louis XVIII back in 1815. In order to mark precisely 200 years from the release of that historic piece, the new platinum-cased chronograph is launched in a limited edition of 200 pieces.
The birth of the Breguet’s marine chronograph came during the times when precise watches were of upmost importance for navigation. As the name of the new watch states, the first piece of this kind was made by Breguet in 1815, 200 years ago, which is underlined by inscriptions on its matte black dial made of solid gold.
The face of the watch is quite apparently reserved, but a closer inspection shows waved guilloched patterns in the center and the periphery of the dial. The wavy pattern is interrupted by a chapter ring with roman numerals. Outside the chapter ring there is a sloped counter for chronograph seconds, while the far perimeter of the dial includes diamond-shaped hour markers which are covered with luminous matter.
As it is customary for Breguet chronographs, this one also has two central chronograph hands – for hours and minutes – which facilitates reading of said function. The hands that are used for the stop watch feature are with counterweights, while the hour and minute ones are in distinctive Breguet-shape with circles just behind their tips. Each of the hands is made of 18 K gold.
Breguet Marine Chronographe “200 Anns de Marine” 5823 also includes a date aperture on the bottom section of the 12-hour counter which sits at the lower section of the face. Moreover, there is also a small seconds sub-dial at the nine o’clock position.
The commemorative piece from the Marine collection is placed inside a platinum case whose diameter measures to 42 mm. Its thickness is 14.1 mm. The round housing features a delicate fluted case-band. Furthermore, one can notice a fixed bezel, as well as welded lugs with screw bars. Its rear section is made with a sapphire glass, while water resistance measures to 100 meters.
Breguet Marine Chronographe “200 Anns de Marine” 5823 runs on a self-winding proprietary mechanical movement. The caliber in question is Calibre 583Q/1. It is 13 ¾ lignes wide and includes 24 jewels, while the power reserve lasts for two days. Moreover, the movement is numbered, signed, and it features an 18 K gold rotor with guilloche pattern. The entire movement which can be seen from the back is made in two colors: black and chromed.
It should also be said that it possesses an inverted in-line lever escapement with silicon-pallets, as well as annular balance on a flat spring. The frequency of its regulating organ is 28,800 vph, and the movement is adjusted in six positions for an improved performance.
The platinum marine chronograph by Breguet is paired with a black rubber strap.