BY DHANANJAY PATHAK
Bucherer is one of the leading retailers of jewelry and watches in Europe offering its customers an extensive selection of luxury watches to choose from. But what really sets them apart are their special edition watches which have been executed in Bucherer’s emblematic blue color. For their latest collaborative effort, Bucherer has joined hands with one most prolific brands in watchmaking history, Breguet. Featuring a reworked blue dial, the Breguet Marine 5517 Bucherer edition is a refreshing new take on Breguet’s latest iteration of their three hand sports watch.
Breguet’s Marine collection comprises modern looking watches that pay a tribute to the brands rich nautical past. The Marine 5517 Bucherer Blue is based on the recently updated Breguet Marine 5517 and brings forth a slew of interesting changes. One of the first noticeable differences is the execution of the roman numerals which have now been re-proportioned and also devoid of any luminous paint giving them a cleaner and refined look. They have also been rendered in a shade of blue evocating the marine theme of the watch. Further to that in another thoughtful and effective move, the chapter ring which houses the numerals, as well as the trapezoidal date window, has been presented in shade of silver similar to the one found on current gold cased models of this watch. This really helps the dial come to life by providing a nice contrast against the blue details on this watch. The rest of the dial is a familiar affair with a thin minute track on the outer periphery and a large circular center with wave guilloche pattern, both once again executed in blue.
The case just like the regular Marine 5517 titanium is nicely sized coming in at a diameter of 40mm, implying that the watch would sit comfortably on a variety of wrists. It is made out of grade 5 titanium which is a great choice of material for a sports watch as it is not only stronger than steel but is also lighter and hence enhances wearing comfort. The integrated lug structure is definitely a love it or hate it affair but definitely helps give the watch its own individual identity. Both front and rear of the case feature sapphire crystals and water resistance is rated to a decent 100 meters.
Powering the watch is Breguet’s in-house automatic caliber 777A which operates at a frequency of 4Hz and offers a power reserve of around 55 hours. The movement has been nicely decorated and features a rotor shaped to mimic a ships wheel, once again resonating the marine theme of the timepiece. It can be viewed in all its glory through the sapphire crystal exhibition case back which also has the Bucherer branding printed in blue.
The Breguet Marine 5517 Bucherer edition is another great offering from the house of Bucherer and manages to further accentuate the marine ties of this watch through its blue treatment. The watch would come attached to a blue rubber strap and would be sold exclusively through Bucherer stores at a retail price of CHF 18,500.
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