Breguet takes you on a journey with its new interpretation of the Hora Mundi timepiece, as part of the Marine collection. The watch encapsulates both technical excellence and aesthetic brilliance, making travelling across time zones effortless. The timepiece, which took three years to develop and earned four patents, instantly caught the world’s attention upon its launch, thanks to its instant-change dual-time display with memory function.
The timepiece allows for the selection of a primary city’s time and date. Once a second city is set, the watch mechanism does the math, using a smart system of cams, hammers, and an integrated differential. One push of the pusher enables the wearer to traverse time zones without compromising the watch’s accuracy.
The dial presents an intriguing portrayal of the world on one’s wrist with a layered play of materials. The first gold base features hand-guilloché waves softly brushing against the continents. The sunburst dial base dressed in deep blue, dances with the wave motifs, perhaps aided by the depiction of the continents: a sapphire plate complete with metallised meridians, horizontally satin-brushed continents, and coastlines delicately outlined in metallic turquoise. An outer flange supports the various elements on the dial, resulting in a multi-dimensional look that takes several weeks to perfect.
Detailing is key for Breguet. The timepiece ensures readability while bestowing each feature with a unique aesthetic. Luminescent material illuminates the hour and minute hands and the hour markers, promising legibility even in the dark. The Sun and Moon located at 4 o’clock are hand-hammered to render an extremely lifelike result, with the sun in radiant rose gold and the moon in a mystifying grey rhodium plating. A retrograde hand meticulously positioned beneath the aperture dial at 12 o’clock, gracefully encircles the date of each day.
The timepiece boasts a unique movement, housing Calibre 77F1 within a 43.9 mm-diameter case, available in white or rose gold. The balance oscillates at a frequency of 4 Hz. The movement, made of silicon, is resistant to corrosion and wear, and immune to magnetic fields. Calibre 77F1 comes equipped with patented additional modules for the dual time-zone mechanism, the second time-zone display, the programmable and reprogrammable mechanical memory wheel, and the pointer-type day/night display.
The ancient watchmaking finish, brouillage, provides a matte yet shiny effect, facilitating easy reading. The corresponding cities of the different time zones are indicated at 6 o’clock, and a metallised anchor above the window helps determine the city for the current time reference. Parts of this exceptional mechanism with a 55-hour power reserve can be admired through the sapphire caseback, elegantly embellished with Côtes de Genève, guilloché, and snailed finishing. Prepared to circle the globe, the new Marine Hora Mundi is available with a leather strap, a rubber strap, or a gold bracelet.
Breguet’s destiny intertwined with the French Navy in 1814 when Abraham-Louis Breguet became a member of the Bureau des Longitudes by royal decree. King Louis XVIII honoured Breguet with the prestigious title of Watchmaker to the Royal Navy. The Marine line, with its elegant yet sporty look, is one of the brand’s emblematic collections, continuing this tradition.