A Closer Look at the Breguet Marine 5527 Dial
Breguet’s update to the Marine Chronograph 5527 is subtle yet lends it weight.
Back in 2017, Breguet made the bold decision to revamp the Marine line, its sporty outlier amongst its other classical brethren and one of its bestsellers too. It was refreshing yet considered a gamble by many as the trio of the time-only 5517, chronograph 5527 and Alarme Musicale 5547 received updates.
Fast-forward four years and it seems the risks paid off handsomely as the Marine collection is thriving once again. Today’s focus is on the Marine Chronograph 5527 or simply put the 5527 from here on. The 5527 for 2021 is largely untouched save for a different dial. We have not actually covered this collection properly so this story corrects that omission.
The Breguet Marine collection drew inspiration and had its foundations laid by Abraham-Louis Breguet’s marine chronometers made for the French navy. Given its seafaring ties, it was natural for the esteemed manufacture to develop a sports watch that matched. It was Breguet’s first venture into this segment, if you do not count aviation models of course, but that is a whole other story.
Titanium is the material of choice not only for the 5527 (bracelet included) but for the Marine collection as a whole. Given the alloy’s resistance to salty air and corrosion plus its lightweight and robust structure, it was a match made in heaven. The big update comes in the form of the dial as it is made of gold.
Breguet has gone out of its way to finish the dial with a blue sunburst effect entirely by hand, with the fine textures extended out from the applied brand plate to the edges of the dial.
Luxury sports watches with blue dials are an extremely appealing combination among the upper echelons and titanium boosts this appeal even more. Applied Roman numerals and luminescent dots line the dial, read off by a pair of stylised Breguet moon-tipped hands in gold with luminescent plots.
Within the 5527 watch is the automatic chronograph calibre 582QA with an inverted in-line lever escapement with silicon horns and balance spring with gold oscillating weight.
The asymmetrical counter layout might be a deal-breaker for some, but it gradually grows on you, given Breguet’s way of speaking the contemporary language of watchmaking, with a traditional accent. We note that there is a rose gold version, new for 2021, with a full bracelet and a special guilloche dial, also in gold.
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