On the cusp of Watches & Wonders 2022, Breguet (politely, as we might think about) threw down the gauntlet to its esteemed horological counterparts for the GMT watch of 2022 with the discharge of the Breguet Marine Hora Mundi 5557. Having determined to revamp the Marine assortment 5 years in the past, the Marine Hora Mundi 5557 joins the likes of the time-only Marine 5517, Marine Chronographe 5527, and Alarme Musicale 5547 that had been launched in 2018. This introduction is not going to solely see Breguet’s imaginative and prescient for the sporty outlier slowly coming to fruition but in addition allay lingering fears as many thought the preliminary transfer was an enormous gamble by Breguet.
Whereas the Hora Mundi isn’t completely new to Breguet (having made its first look within the Classique Hora Mundi 5717 in 2011), this new piece indicators its maiden foray into the Marine assortment. In a nutshell, the Marine Hora Mundi 5557 permits the proprietor to cycle between the present and a preset time zone on demand. On the coronary heart of the self-winding calibre 77F1 lies an instant-change dual-time show with a mechanical reminiscence wheel liable for this snappy motion.
A further module with programmable and reprogrammable mechanical reminiscence wheels accounts for the time variations between the assorted cities. Actuating the pusher at seven o’clock modifications not solely the time but in addition the retrograde date and day/night time indicator with out interrupting the fundamental timekeeping mechanism. Kudos to Breguet for gatekeeping this little bit of innovation as 4 patents had been beforehand filed to make sure this can be a well-guarded secret. Whereas no particulars concerning the module had been disclosed, we is not going to be shocked silicon elements are in play given they’ve wonderful form retention and don’t require lubrication.
Although a lot of the calibre stays comparatively untouched for the reason that Classique Hora Mundi 5717, the aesthetics have been reinterpreted to match the sporting magnificence of the Marine assortment. Many shall be thrilled to know that water resistance has been vastly improved as nicely. Impressed by Abraham-Louis Breguet’s ties with the French Navy which started in 1814, a world map set in opposition to the seven seas serves because the dial for the Marine Hora Mundi 5557. The bottom layer is crafted from gold, with the wave motifs first hand-guillochéd being adorned with a shade of abyssal blue. A sapphire plate is later superimposed, depicting the meridians, parallels and continents with a turquoise define representing the coastlines.
Past the masterful dial, creation lies intricacies ready to be found. The continent plates function refined horizontal brushing whereas the photorealistic renditions of the solar and moon are hand-hammered earlier than being set in rose-gold and rhodium respectively. A “u-shape” hand indicating the date at 12 o’clock is completed with brouillage — an up to date historical watchmaking ornament that creates a matte but shiny impact. True to the Marine assortment is the luminous Breguet handset and Roman numerals set on the flange supporting the assorted dial components. All of those are set in both a 43.9mm white or rose gold case with the emblematic case aspect decors and paired with both a leather-based strap, rubber strap or gold bracelet.
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