Sports watch of choice: The Breguet Marine Chronographe 5527
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Abraham-Louis Breguet was the brains behind countless inventions in the watchmaking world. In addition to the tourbillon and the pare-chute shock protection device, he is also largely attributed as the inventor of the split-seconds chronograph. Breguet created an inking chronograph with his pupil Fatton, then went even further by developing a “chronomètre à doubles secondes, dit d’observation” from 1820 onwards, the ancestor of all split-seconds chronographs. Breguet’s work inspired the entire watchmaking profession in all fields, and notably that of chronographs.
Review: Breguet Marine Chronographe 5527
The new Breguet Marine Chronographe 5527 in titanium.
The Marine collection is Breguet – the brand’s, answer to the modern sports watch. While it has been in production for some time now, the new 2018 collection is a welcome update to the collection. It features a brand new case design that in our opinion is more sleek, modern and a significant upgrade from its predecessor.
The case and dial
The Marine Chronographe used in this review is cased in titanium with a fluted caseband. Other variants with different dial designs are also available in precious metals. The extended lugs is similar to an integrated lugs design, and is quite well interpreted in this rendition. Quite important is its uniqueness, while retaining the old ‘screw’ lugs design DNA from the older models. The watch measures 42.3 mm in diameter and has a sapphire- crystal caseback. It is also water-resistant to 10 bar (100m).
The watch features a slate dial with sunburst finishing.
The case is a good contrast of straight sharp lines and angles with rounded edges. As can be seen on the lugs portion, straight lines are used with sharp angles for a more industrial look, and then contrasted with nicely polished and rounded chamfered edges on the pushers and side case. The mixture of brushed and polished surfaces add to the visual spectacle. To keep the profile of the watch slim, visual illusions like a double step bezel is used, a tapered gradient after the straight fluted caseband (a Breguet icon).
Noticeably different from its predecessor, is the use of a new integrated lugs design.
The overall design of the watch is sporty, with a ardoise color theme central to the design. The slate dial features a asymmetric subdial layout, with a large and overlapping minutes counter and a small seconds counter. The three subdials are arranged in a subtle small, medium, large layout with indent indicator rings surrounding all three. Effectively, the dial plays with depths, from applied indices to ‘raised’ platforms for the subdial hands. Subtle design details add to the legibility and intrigue of the dial display. Breguet has distinctly achieved fun elements on an overly produced watch segment while not compromising the brand’s integrity. Truly, it is all in the details.
While writing this, the writer thinks out loud at how the integrated lugs design works so much better than the older model straight lugs. The older design looks almost too stuffy in comparison to the new Marine Chronographe.
The hands of the watch received an update […]
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