When we talk about Breguet, we usually think of timeless elegance and classic watchmaking. Yet, within their collection, there’s a hidden gem for those who appreciate the blend of precision and maritime inspiration. We’re diving into the world of the Breguet Marine Tourbillon 5577, a piece that seamlessly combines horological excellence with a nautical spirit.
While Breguet may not have a dedicated sports watch lineup, two of their collections pay homage to purpose-built timepieces of the past. The first is the Type XX, a pilot’s chronograph with a rich history. The second, and the star of our show, is the Marine collection, designed with yachting in mind. It’s a tribute to the days when Abraham-Louis Breguet himself was the appointed Chronometer-maker to the Royal Navy.
Today, we’re shining a spotlight on one of Breguet’s most iconic inventions, the tourbillon. The Breguet Marine Tourbillon 5577 presents this mechanical marvel in a thin and sleek package, adding a dash of contemporary elegance to this seafaring collection.
This isn’t the first time a tourbillon has graced the Breguet Marine collection. In fact, the collection’s revamp introduced a model featuring a tourbillon alongside multiple other complications. But the Breguet Marine Tourbillon 5577 goes a step further, focusing exclusively on A.L. Breguet’s most famous creation. It houses an ultra-thin, in-house automatic calibre with a peripheral rotor, a movement you’ll also find in the Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Anniversaire 5365.
Let’s take a closer look at this sleek edition of the Breguet Marine. While it retains the signature and somewhat complex design of the collection, the case has been streamlined to achieve a remarkable thinness of just 9.3mm. The diameter, at 42.5mm, remains substantial, making a bold statement. It comes in two exquisite options: 18k pink gold or 950 platinum, both designed for yachting enthusiasts. The watch features a screw-down crown, protected by lateral guards, and boasts a 100m water-resistance, ensuring it’s ready for aquatic adventures.
The dial of the Marine Tourbillon 5577 takes a different approach than its predecessors. Instead of the wave-like guilloché pattern, it flaunts a solid gold dial with a classic sunray-brushed pattern. Depending on the case material, it’s available in brown or blue, with gold markers and hands coated with luminescent materials. The design of the luminous Roman numerals might be polarizing, but the overall look is more restrained and focuses on the 5 o’clock tourbillon, where the sun-bushed effect starts from the center of the tourbillon.
Inside the Breguet Marine Tourbillon 5577, you’ll discover the in-house calibre 581, a feather-light movement measuring just 3mm in thickness and comprising 330 components. This slim profile is achieved thanks to the innovative use of a peripheral rotor. The movement is thoroughly modern, featuring a fast-beating tourbillon with an escapement and a balance spring made of silicon. Flip the watch over, and you’ll find a nautical-inspired decoration on the back, with a straight ribbed motif reminiscent of boat decks. The barrel drum proudly displays a compass rose.
The Breguet Marine Tourbillon 5577 is available with either rubber or alligator leather straps, both secured by a folding clasp. It’s now a part of the permanent collection and is priced at EUR 161,300 for the rose gold version and EUR 177,600 for the platinum variant.