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Two very royal introductions from the house of Breguet at Baselworld 2017

written by Hours and Minutes Australia May 14, 2017

Founded by Abraham Louis Breguet, the greatest watchmaker of all time in 1775; if there is a brand that can confidently boast about their rich horological heritage and history, it would have to be Breguet. Classic, conservative and royal sum up their designs. Known for their extraordinary horological breakthroughs and patents, watch lovers know one thing for sure, when Breguet speaks everybody listens.  This Baselworld 2017, we found ourselves doing just that.

Classique 7147

The new Classique 7147 has Breguet written all over it. Personally, the “Grand Feu” enamel dial did it for us. An extremely difficult enameling technique to master, but Breguet has clearly got it more than just right. The sub seconds dial at 5 o clock sinks in a little to give it that segregated yet blended look. The hours and minutes hands are in blued steel in true Breguet style. Powered by a self-winding calibre 502.3 SD, the new 7147 offers a 45 hour power reserve and is presented in a 40mm white gold and rose gold case. Turn the watch around and you’ll immediately notice the beautifully finished guilloche rotor and Geneva stripes.

Breguet Classique 7147 in white gold – RRP: AUD $27,700

 

 

Marine Équation Marchante 5887

One of the most interesting introductions at Baselworld 2017 would have to be the new Breguet Marine Équation Marchante 5887. Why? Simple… Well not so simple…

This timepiece is part of Breguet’s Marine collection and is a tribute to Abraham-Louis Breguet’s (the founder) contributions to marine chronometry. It features 3 complications: a perpetual calendar, a tourbillon and one of the most sophisticated and rarest complications of today, equation of time. It displays the difference between mean solar time to civil or standard hours and minutes, and true solar time, which are the actual solar hours and minutes.

 

 

Before we get into the technicals, let’s take a quick look at the watch itself. The Marine Équation Marchante 5887 is presented in a 43.9mm platinum case and rose gold case. It has a very dynamic look. For example, the dial features a ‘wave’ like pattern specifically designed for this creation. The lugs of watch are polished and satin brushed giving it a slightly modern touch, while the crown is  topped  with  a  polished  “B”  against  a sandblasted  background. The fluting (fine grooves enhanced with double beading) on the case band of Breguet’s watches is another discreet decorative detail that constitutes to what has become known as ‘Breguet style’.

A little on THE EQUATION OF TIME

Since  Antiquity,  the  sun  has  been  used  as  the  basis  of  time. Nonetheless, the visible motion of the sun –  the true solar time  indicated  on  sundials  –   is  irregular.  With  the  improvement  of  timekeeping precision, watches and clocks became the basis of  time and true solar time was replaced by mean solar time, within  which each day has the same duration of exactly 24 hours. Mean  solar time may show a  discrepancy with true solar time ranging  from minus 16 minutes to plus 14 minutes. On just four days a  year,  the  two  times  are  exactly  the  same.  Given  that  the  sun’s various  positions  in  the  sky  are  reproduced  in  an  identical  manner on the same dates, watchmakers can “program” them by means of a special cam. The latter is shaped like a figure 8 and  mechanically   reproduces   the   path   of   the   sun’s   successive  positions,   called   an   analemma   curve.   Requiring   extremely  accurate execution, the cam is coupled with a feeler-spindle that drives  an  equation  lever  serving to  indicate  the  difference between civil time and solar time (-16 to +14 minutes). This read-off is generally provided on a sector or sub dial. It is then up to the user to mentally add or subtract the difference displayed in relation to mean time in order to calculate true solar time.

The Equation of time complication is displayed by an additional minute hand or solar hand with a faceted golden sun. It  serves  to  display  the  difference  between  mean  solar  time corresponding  to  civil  or  standard hours and minutes, and true solar time, meaning the actual solar hours and minutes. The ‘Running Equation’ in the watch means that the watch indicates the true time and civil time, by two separate minute hands.

 

 

The day of the week, month and leap year cycle are displayed through the two apertures which are just above 10 o clock and 2 o clock. A chapter ring inside indicates the date. We personally loved that little anchor motif on the retrograde hand; just another detail that adds so much character to the watch.

On the bottom right at 5 o clock, is a 60 second tourbillon featuring titanium carriage housing a Breguet balance with a silicon balance spring. This innovative characteristic notably enables the balance wheel   to   achieve   a   4Hz   frequency.  The 80 hour power reserve is displayed by a light blue indicator in the little aperture on the left at 8 o clock.

Visible through the sapphire case back is Breguet’s calibre 581DPE featuring bridges that meticulously detail the Royal Louis, a first rank vessel in the French Royal Navy. The barrel is adorned with a windrose motif, in reference to astronomical navigation.

 

 

Take a look at the video below to know more about the Marine Équation Marchante 5887 by Breguet

 

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1 comment

robert katos May 14, 2017 at 10:59 am

Has to be gold for me

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