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Breguet Marine Royale
An alarm watch, water-resistant to 30 bar.
Breguet’s Marine collection draws its inspiration from the original designs created by Breguet himself for the
French Royal Navy after his 1815 appointment as Horologist to the French Navy. Sturdy in design, Breguet Marine
watches have for decades been reputed for their dependable performances. In 2004 Breguet launched a new
interpretation of this product line, featuring a markedly more contemporary and sporty but ever elegant design.
Following the launch in 2007 of the first tourbillon-equipped chronograph with silicon escapement, this year
brings a groundbreaking new design: the Marine Royale alarm watch, water-resistant to 30 bar (300 m).
Breguet’s Marine Royale 5847 comes with an alarm device that
can only delight both amateur divers and aficionados of exceptional
complications. Underwater tests confirm that sound travels
better through water than through air. Sound waves require
material support and their speed increases with the density
of the environment. Sound travels about four times faster
under than above water. Furthermore, as the underwater milieu
is generally far less noisy than the aerial one, the alarm’s
sound is perceived with greater clarity underwater.
The alarm setting crown and on-off pushpiece, in gold, are sheathed in rubber for easier handling, adding a
further touch of sporty elegance. The watch naturally possesses the usual diver’s -watch features, not least a one -
way rotating bezel and luminous markers. The bezel’s unidirectional rotation is secured by a blocking pawl,
visible and located between the two winding crowns on the case flank. Shaped like a wave, it recalls the watch’s
essential functions. To improve its legibility even in the murkiest waters, its minute markers and hand along with
the hour hand are coated with white luminous superluminova while the alarm markers glow blue. Represented by
a blue triangular pointer at 10 o’clock, the alarm’s power-reserve indicator is also luminous.
Rounding out its attributes, the Marine Royale 5847 possesses a date indicator and a self -winding mechanism.
Two versions are available : white or pink gold cases, with an 18 kt gold dial with black rhodium finish. Both are
manually engine-turned with the collection’s dedicated wave pattern.
Breguet Marine Royale watch, $42,000.
|Photo: Courtesy Breguet