Breguet Marine Chronographe 5527: Malaysia Price And ReviewWritten by Melissa Kong
Why Breguet rules the high seas.
In 1813, Abraham-Louis Breguet introduced the world to his first marine chronometer. A mere two years later, the watchmaker extraordinaire was granted a royal warrant by King Louis XVIII of France as the Chronometer-maker to the French Royal Navy. By 1840, a Breguet instrument had become the first timepiece to reach the Antarctic, with the Jules Dumont d’Urville expedition.
Despite a long and illustrious history of seafaring achievements, Breguet only honoured its chronometer pedigree in 1990, with the debut of the La Marine collection. A little slow off the blocks perhaps, but it is, nonetheless, one of the strongest pillars in the Maison today.
This year, Breguet has added three models to the La Marine collection, one of which is the Chronographe 5527. It has all the hallmarks of Breguet’s classic, old-world grace but with a contemporary twist.
In a nod to its nautical legacy, both case and bracelet are composed of satin-brushed titanium, chosen not only for its lightweight and robust qualities, but also for being salt and corrosion resistant.
The polished bezel offers a subtle contrast, as does the sunburst slate-grey dial in gold with traditional appliqué Roman numeral hour markers. Long, slim hands further enhance the spirit of modernity, while the counterweight of the central seconds hand bears a maritime pennant that corresponds to Breguet’s initial.
The chrono sub-dials for minute, hours and small seconds at three, six and nine o’clock respectively are of different sizes, another Breguet design signature. The date window is found between four and five o’clock.
Set into the watch’s recess is the calibre 582QA, a classic automatic column-wheel chronograph movement with flyback functions. It also boasts several high-tech advances, such as a silicon balance spring for durability, contributing to a long service interval.
No detail is too small for the watchmakers at Breguet; hence, even the finishes of the movement—visible through the sapphire crystal caseback—reference its naval past. The Côtes de Genève decoration on the calibre bars, for example, call to mind a ship’s deck boards, while the design of a rudder is found on the gold rotor. And, in a lasting tribute to its founder, the words ‘Horloger de la Marine’ (Chronometer-maker to the Navy) are engraved on the caseback.
|Sunburst slate grey in gold with applique Roman numerals, luminescent markers and gold Breguet hands|
Self-winding Calibre 582QA column wheel chronograph with reverse in-line lever escapement
|Hours, minutes, central seconds, continuous seconds chronograph minutes and hours, dates|
Like most people these days, Melissa tells the time with her phone. She considers serious timepieces works of art and thinks the perpetual calendar is the handiest complication to date (pun not intended). She's also a Grammar Nazi but promises not to judge if you can't tell the difference between "guilloche" and "guillotine".