Breguet Marine Tourbillon 5577October 13, 2023
While Breguet doesn’t really own a true sports watch collection, there are two lineups that are designed after purpose-built timepieces of the past. One is the Type XX, a pilot’s chronograph recently revamped that pays tribute to both sides of the Breguet family. The other one, a watch designed with yachting in mind, is the Marine, an ode to when A.L. Breguet was appointed Chronometer-maker by appointment to the Royal Navy. And today, it’s yet another key element of the brand that is highlighted, the most famous of inventions, the tourbillon, which finds its way in a thin and sleek version, the Breguet Marine Tourbillon 5577. It isn’t the first time a tourbillon is housed in the current Breguet Marine collection. In fact, the first model to showcase the revamped case was equipped with a tourbillon, alongside multiple other complications, such as a perpetual calendar and an equation of time. The new Breguet Marine Tourbillon 5577 is, however, entirely focused on A.L. Breguet’s most famous invention, and integrated a well-known movement, an ultra-thin in-house automatic calibre with peripheral rotor – also found in the Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Anniversaire 5365.
Swiss luxury watch brand Breguet expands its Marine collection by introducing a new model (reference 5577) endowed with the most emblematic of its founder’s inventions, the Tourbillon. Invented in 1801 by Abraham-Louis Breguet, tourbillon continues to stand out as one of the most fascinating horological creations. The brand pays tribute to this invention by presenting the Breguet Marine Tourbillon 5577 watch. Dressed in a 42.5 mm diameter case in 18K rose gold or platinum, the Breguet Marine Tourbillon 5577 model houses self-winding Calibre 581, an ultra-thin movement measuring just 3 mm thick, and comprising 330 components. This thinness is made possible by the use of a peripheral rotor.
We’re here looking at one of the sleekest editions of the Breguet Marine. First, while retaining the signature, and rather complex design of the collection, the case has been streamlined a bit to achieve a relative thinness of 9.3mm, while the diameter remains quite large at 42.5mm. Available in 18k pink gold or 950 platinum, this complex watch remains devoted to yachting with a screw-down crown protected by lateral guards and a 100m water-resistance. The dial of this Breguet Marine Tourbillon 5577 follows the same principle as previous models. No more wave-like guilloché pattern here (some will see this as a downgrade) but a solid gold dial that shows a classic sunray-brushed pattern. Depending on the case, it’ll be brown or blue, with gold applied markers and hands coated with luminescent materials. The design of the luminous Roman numerals is still quite polarizing, however, the whole look is more restrained, sleek and focused around the tourbillon 5 o’clock (the sun-bushed effect starts from the centre of the tourbi).