The new Marine Equation Marchante 5887 pays handsome tribute to Abraham-Louis Breguet’s illustrious seafaring legacy
It is a long established fact that the House of Breguet has been synonymous with unmatched creativity, cutting-edge innovation and impeccable aesthetics ever since the time Abraham-Louis Breguet raised bar and elevated watch-making from a mechanical process into a work of art.
However, while his extraordinary sense of beauty won him admirers across the royalty and nobility of Europe, there is no denying the fact that it was his enviable grasp of technology which has ensured that the House of Breguet remained the veritable gold standard in luxury timepieces since the day it was founded.
Amongst one of his many stellar qualities as an innovator was A.-L. Breguet’s exceptional mastery over time measurement. It earned him numerous accolades through the course of his illustrious career, including a membership at Bureau des Longitudes, an honour conferred upon him in 1814 by Louis XVIII, the king of France.
The Bureau was an elite body whose members included geometers, astronomers, seafarers and associate artists. The only representative of his profession that was eminently useful to physicists and navigators, Breguet became the horological authority, most specically for his unerringly accurate calculations of longitudes at sea. In fact, the iconic horologist rose to a prominence of such eminence that Louis VIII issued an ordinance in 1815 which awarded A.-L. Breguet the ofcial title of chronometer maker to the French Royal Navy.
This glorious tradition gets a worthy tribute in the new Marine Equation Marchante 5887. Based on the self-winding 581DR calibre, this marvel is a spectacular representation of the artisanal skills of the House of Breguet. The front dial features two distinct types of engine turning including a wave pattern that has been specically developed for this creation.
In remembrance of the legacy that it carries forward, the Marchante 5887 bears the inscription ‘Marine Royale’ engraved on the tourbillon bar. An exquisite feat of craftsmanship, this inscription is visible through a sapphire caseback where the bridges have been chased delicately to depict the Royal Louis, a rst rank vessel in the French Royal Navy.
In keeping with Breguet’s tradition of crafting futureforward timepieces, the Marine Equation Marchante 5887 features new aesthetic signature codes, which imbue it with a modern and dynamic vibe. The central lugs of the watch combine polished and satin-brushed surfaces with open uting and visible anks, a crown topped with a shining ‘B’ set against a sandblasted background and crown adorned with a chamfered and satin-brushed wave motif.
This Grande Complication comes in rose gold and platinum versions. While the former frames a silvered dial an anthracite movement, the latter comes with a blue dial and a rhodium-plated movement. An alligator leather strap with gold folding clasp wraps it up in a degree of elegance that has become synonymous with the house of Breguet.
The House of Breguet has remained the veritable gold standard in luxury timepieces since the day it was founded