Fit for a king; possibly the most glamorous watch ever to take to the water

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.

HERO Breguet Marine 5829 Diamond Ruby_5829br_8r_9zu_dd0d V2

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.

Breguet Marine 5829 Diamond Ruby_5829br_8r_9zu_dd0d

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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