While Breguet doesn’t really own a true sports watch collection, there are two lineups designed after purpose-built timepieces of the past. One is the Type XX, a pilot’s chronograph recently revamped that pays tribute to both sides of the Breguet family. The other one, a watch designed with yachting in mind, is the Marine, an ode to when A.L. Breguet was appointed chronometer-maker to the Royal Navy. And today, another key complication of the brand comes to the fore. The most famous of inventions, the tourbillon, finds its way into a thin, sleek version, the Breguet Marine Tourbillon 5577.
It isn’t the first time a tourbillon is housed in the current Breguet Marine collection. In fact, the first model to showcase the revamped case was equipped with a tourbillon, alongside multiple other complications, such as a perpetual calendar and an equation of time. The new Breguet Marine Tourbillon 5577 is, however, entirely focused on A.L. Breguet’s most famous invention powered by an ultra-thin in-house automatic calibre with a peripheral rotor – also found in the Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Anniversaire 5365.
Here we’re looking at one of the sleekest editions of the Breguet Marine. While retaining the signature and rather complex design of the collection, the case has been streamlined a bit to achieve a relative thinness of 9.3mm, while the diameter remains quite large at 42.5mm. Available in 18k pink gold or 950 platinum, this complex watch remains devoted to yachting with a screw-down crown protected by lateral guards ensuring the 100m water-resistance.
The dial of this Marine Tourbillon 5577 follows the same principle as previous models. No more wave-like guilloché pattern here (some might interpret this as a downgrade) but a solid gold dial that shows a classic sunray-brushed pattern. Depending on the case, it’ll be brown or blue, with gold applied markers and hands coated with luminescent material. The design of the luminous Roman numerals is still quite polarising, although the overall look is more restrained, sleek and focused around the tourbillon 5 o’clock (the sunray-brushed effect emanates from the centre of the tourbi).
Inside is the in-house calibre 581, an ultra-thin movement with 330 components measuring just 3mm thick. This thinness is made possible by the use of a peripheral rotor. It is a modern movement, with a fast-beating tourbillon equipped with an escapement and a silicon balance spring. The back reveals a nautical-inspired decoration with a straight-ribbed motif reminiscent of boat decks. The barrel drum bears a compass rose.
Available on rubber straps or alligator leather straps, both closed by a folding clasp, the new Breguet Marine Tourbillon 5577 is now available as part of the permanent collection and priced at EUR 161,300 in rose gold and EUR 177,600 in platinum.
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