It mightn’t strictly speaking be a sea-going watch, but this Breguet beauty goes by the name Marine which suggests capabilities beyond its stunning appearance.
Arriving in Australia for the first time next week, the Breguet Marine Chronograph 5829 is a rare piece paved with 158 baguette-cut diamonds and 55 rubies totalling over 10 carats.
It rejoices in a rose gold case with natural mother-of-pearl dial, hand-engraved on a rose engine. The bezel, lugs, crown and case band are all paved with diamonds with the baguette-cut rubies highlighting the 15-minute sector.
The watch is destined for Monards Melbourne, making Australia one of the very few countries in which it will be available – meaning it could be yours, should you have $382,900 available.
Despite the jewels, it’s unmistakably a Breguet thanks to the typical welded lugs, moon-tip hands and coin-fluted case band, while visible through a sapphire case-back is a self-winding calibre powering the date, small seconds and centre chronograph minutes and seconds.
Spanning 42mm it’s water-resistant to 30m and has a power reserve of 48 hours.
But it’s the appearance of the watch that makes it unique – and possibly lavish enough even for King Louis XVIII, who in 1815 appointed Abraham-Louis Breguet chronometer-maker to the French royal navy.
During a time in which marine chronometers were of vital importance to fleets for determining the position of ships at sea, chronometers had to be accurate and resist constant movement. Abraham-Louis Breguet designed a number of outstanding marine chronometers for this very purpose.
Our reaction to the Breguet Marine Chronograph 5829? Performance and panache in a right royal package.
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