Like a legitimate aviator watch, the rotating bezel on the case moves bi-directionally, and sporting comfort along with legibility is quite good. The Breguet Type XXI remains among my grail watches, and now I wonder exactly what version I’ll end up becoming at some stage later on. The Breguet 1160 Marie Antoinette pocket watch is actually among the most impressive and fascinating horological objects of our contemporary times. In many ways, this watch and the story around it’s formed the foundation for that which keeps me in love with timepieces and why I began aBlogtoWatch in the first place. This report is maybe not true a “hands free,” as no one but a select few “watch handlers” in Breguet are even permitted to touch what is possibly the most valuable modern pocket watch of all time. Its true value might be much longer but will likely never be analyzed during my life, as this product remains a permanent part of the Breguet brand.Even though brands such as Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin now have more complicated pocket watches, the more Breguet 1160 Marie Antoinette stays the 5th or 6th most complicated pocket watch on the planet, although it is based on the original Breguet 160 pocket watch, that held the place as the most complicated watch ever made for about 100 years after being completed at 1827 (45 years after it was originally commissioned in 1782). My friend and fellow watch lover John Biggs chronicled the contemporary and previous history of the Breguet Marie Antoinette watch in his book here.
This sporty-looking creation is endowed with the graphic codes of the new-generation Marine models presented last year. The measurement of the time occurs through a central chronograph hand, distinguished by a subtle maritime detail and completed by two distinct subdials at 3 o’clock for the minutes and at 6 o’clock for the hours. The small seconds is indicated at 9 o’clock. A date indication between 4 and 5 o’clock sets the final touch to th timepiece.
The Marine Chronographe 5527 is available in several versions: white gold case and blue dial; rose gold case and silvered gold dial; titanium case. It houses the mechanical self-winding movement, Cal. 582QA with 48-hour power reserve and is offered with a choice of leather or rubber strap.