NAU­TI­CAL TRI­UMPH

The new Marine Equa­tion Marchante 5887 pays hand­some tribute to Abra­ham-Louis Breguet’s il­lus­tri­ous sea­far­ing le­gacy

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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 specically 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 ofcial 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 specically 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

Napoleon Bon­a­parte

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