Breguet unveiled a new generation of Marine watches at Baselworld 2018 that take their design cues from the Marine Équation Marchante 5887 that was unveiled at Basel last year. Among them is the new Marine Alarme Musicale 5547 that has an alarm complication as well as a second time zone.
Breguet is no stranger to making alarm watches – you may recall the stunning Le Réveil du Tsar 5707 from 2003 with its patented column-wheel mechanism to lock or activate the alarm and ability to co-ordinate the alarm with local time.
The new Alarme Musciale 5547 is presented in a choice of three 40-mm-wide cases – white gold, rose gold or titanium – all water-resistant to 50 meters. The 13.05-mm-thick case has a fluted caseband and two crowns on the right side of the case – one at 2 o clock to wind the alarm function and the other at 4 to set the two time zones.
The dial of the two gold cased watches feature the same hand-guilloche wave pattern seen on the Ref. 5887 and now a hallmark of the new Marine line. While the white gold version has a blue dial, the rose gold version has a silver one while the titanium option has a sunburst slate grey. This is a fairly busy dial – the second time zone and alarm are indicated at subdials at 3 o’ clock and 9 respectively. A date display is anchored at 6 o’ clock and the striking mechanism’s power reserve is a discreet presence between 9 and 12.
The dial features Roman numerals and facetted Breguet hands with luminescent material. The counterweight of the central seconds hand is a maritime flag represented the alphabet B. This isn’t the only maritime reference on the dial - when the striking mechanism is triggered, a ship’s bell appears through an opening at 12 o’clock. Abraham-Louis Breguet was the official timekeeper of the French Navy, so the brand has a legitimate maritime link.
The watch is powered by the self-winding 4 Hz Caliber 519F – first used in the Le Réveil du Tsar 5707 – and developed in collaboration with Blancpain. With a 45-hour power reserve, it has an inverted in-line lever escapement with silicon horns and a silicon balance spring. Unlike the Le Réveil du Tsar 5707 which uses a small seconds subdial, this movement uses a central seconds hand.
Each watch is presented with a choice of two straps – alligator leather or rubber strap. The price of the titanium version (Ref. 5547TI/G2/9ZU) is $29,156 (approx. AED107,000) and the ones in white gold (Ref. 5574BB/Y2/9ZU) and rose gold (Ref. 5547BR/12/9ZU) will cost $41,00 (approx. AED153,166).