Breguet Marine Royal Alarm Watch
July 22, 2009
Breguet recently launched the Marine Royal Alarm Ref. 5847, which features a twin barrel movement - one for timekeeping and one for the alarm. Both barrels are wound by a single crown. The case is 45mm and is available in pink or white gold.
The Marine Royal Alarm features a unidirectional bezel inscribed with a graduated 20-minute sector. The bezel's rotation is secured by a blocking pawl, visible and located between the two winding crowns on the case flank. The crowns screw down, and the alarm setting crown and on-off pushpiece, in gold, are covered in rubber for easier handling.
To improve legibility, the minute markers and minute hand along with the hour hand are coated with white Superluminova, while the hour and alarm markers glow blue. Represented by a blue triangular pointer at 10 o'clock, the power-reserve indicator is also luminous.
The sapphire-crystal glass features a magnifying lens over the date at 6 o'clock and a sapphire caseback. Rounded horns are welded to the case, screw pins securing the strap. There is a wave-shaped ratchet at 3 o'clock serving to ensure the bezel's one-way rotation. Rubber-covered alarm on/off pushpiece at 8 o'clock. Alarm setting pushpiece at 4 o'clock sheathed in black rubber. Screw-locked crowns. Water-resistance is 300 meters.
The dial is 18K pink gold, displaying a wave pattern manually engraved on a rose engine. Individually numbered and signed BREGUET. Chapter ring with applied blued Roman numerals and luminous dots. There is a triangular hand at the center for setting the alarm time. Alarm power-reserve indication in an aperture between 9 and 11 o'clock. Alarm on/off indicator in a round aperture at 12 o'clock. Date at 6 o'clock. Facetted, open-tipped BREGUET hands in 18-carat blued gold, coated with a luminous compound.
The movement is a self-winding mechanical, with alarm mechanism, numbered and signed BREGUET. Cal. 519R. 12 lines, 36 jewels. 45-hour power-reserve. Engine-turned 18K rose gold rotor. Frequency 4 Hz. Straight-line lever escapement. Balance-wheel with regulating screws. Adjusted in 5 positions.
The white gold Ref. 5847 comes with an 18k dial with black rhodium finish, while the pink gold version features an 18 kt pink gold dial. Both are manually engine-turned with the collection's dedicated wave pattern. Price is $42,000.