To celebrate 200 years since Abraham-Louis Breguet was appointed to make chronometer’s for the French Royal Navy by King Louis XVIII, Breguet has created a special 200 piece limited edition timepiece – the Marine Chronograph “200 Ans de Marine” 5823.

In 1815, Breguet designed marine chronometers that were importnat to determining a ship’s location at sea, and therefore they had to be accurate, and so they were mounted in wooden boxes with a gimbal suspension system to keep the timepieces level.

Today, the Marine collection pays homage to Breguet’s work with a contemporary timepiece measuring 42 mm in diameter and crafted from 950 platinum, and fully polished on all exterior surfaces. The dials feature intricate wave guilloche patterns, open-tipped Breguet hour and minute hands with lume, applied indexes and Roman numerals and uniqely, the chronograph features a central seconds counter.

Breguet’s automatic manufacture caliber 583Q/1, numbered and signed Breguet, powers the functions of the watch for up to 48-hours. The balance oscillates at 4Hz (28,800 vph), has 24 jewels and features an inveterate in-line lever escapement with silicon pallets, an annular balance on a flat spring and it has been adjusted in six positions. The bridges have been finished with Geneva stripes and beveled edges, perlage on the mainplate and a black/rhodiumed 18-carat gold engine turned oscillating weight.

The Breguet Marine Chronographe “200 Ans De Mariner” 5823 is paired with a black rubber strap that has a diamond motif with a matching platinum buckle. Water-resistance is 100 meters. Limited to 200 pieces worldwide. (Ref. 5823PT/H2/5ZU) The retail price is $54.300. Available Fall 2015.

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Posted by:Jason Pitsch

Jason Pitsch is the Founder of Professional Watches. He specializes in reporting on the watch industry and is interested in continually learning about all aspects of watchmaking craftsmanship, history, and design.