The new Marine Haute Joaillerie Poseidonia offers an exquisite interpretation of the fascinating beauty of the seas.
With the Marine Haute Joaillerie Poseidonia, Breguet reveals the elegant and undulating movements of a marine plant, the Poseidonia oceanica, through the art of mother-of-pearl marquetry and invisible setting.
The dial, set with 85 baguette-cut diamonds, appears to wave across the intense iridescence of the Tahitian mother-of-pearl, which is deeply coloured or more silvery depending on the light.
The skilful setting continues on the bezel, caseband, lugs of the strap, and the clasp of the buckle.
The mechanical heart of the Marine Haute Joaillerie Poseidonia beats to the rhythm of calibre 591C, an extra-thin self-winding manufacture movement.
Mother-of-Pearl and Diamonds
Worked in marquetry, the Tahitian mother-of-pearl requires expertise and delicate hand.
Moreover, for this extraordinary new high jewellery watch, Breguet combines the craft with the art of invisible setting. The white gold of the dial thus disappears from view, becoming imperceptible behind the glint of the diamonds.
The artisan selects each mother-of-pearl attentively to harmonize its iridescent pattern, unique to each gem, with the inset curves of the Poseidonia. Together, their radiance evokes rays of sunshine playing on the sea’s surface.
Staying on the dial, delicate, gold Breguet hands indicate the hours and minutes. The tip of the second-hand reveals the letter B of the maritime code of signals – a distinctive feature of the Marine collection.
The traditional baguette-set bezel facilitates reading: the distinct triangular diamonds mark each of the 12 hours.
The setting continues to the clasp of the strap buckle, echoing the inset bezel and the shape of the open-tipped Breguet hands. The B for Breguet stands out against the slightly colored metallic finish in the center of the buckle.
Emeralds, Rubies, and Sapphires
In addition to the diamond and Tahitian mother-of-pearl Marine Haute Joaillerie, Breguet proposes three other versions with white mother-of-pearl marquetry, set with sapphires, emeralds or rubies.
From the dominant hue of each version – red, green, or blue –, Breguet outlines the curves of the timepiece in different colours. Each of the 85 gems designing the pattern is selected for its hue, is then cut and set invisibly.
And so, after months of work, the result reveals a singular radiance of remarkable colours, unique to each Marine Haute Joaillerie. On the bezel, the setting is composed of the different colours of the dial, just like the setting of the strap buckle. The metallic finish in the centre of the buckle also takes the dominant colour, as does the iridescent nuance of the leather strap.
On the caseback, the transparent sapphire reveals the extra-thin, self-winding 591C calibre, whose bridges are engine-turned by hand with the Marine motif – inspired by the deck of a ship. On the bevel of the white-gold rotor, the gleaming diamond border nicely contrasts with the intensity of the Tahitian mother-of-pearl.
The words Horloger de la Marine (Watchmaker to the Navy) are engraved on the rim of the caseback in white gold. This refers to the title of Chronometer-maker to the French Royal Navy bestowed upon Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1815.
Through Breguet’s extensive watchmaking savoir-faire and expertise, the Marine Haute Joaillerie Poseidonia is an exquisite reflection of the fascinating natural beauty of the oceans.