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Some thoughts on the Breguet Hora Mundi Ref 5717, " Asia " in platinum.

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At the contrary of what its name suggests, it is rather a " Géographique " than a world time. 

Indeed, you have a window, at 6 o' clock, with the hour of the city which you can select through the crown / pusher at 8 o' clock. 

The date is subtly integrated at 12 o' clock, and you have a night and day indicator, to show you if the time zone selected is PM or AM. 

The dial is made of gold, " wave guilloché ", with a lacquer. 

The case is 43 mm big and 13, 55 mm high. 

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Through the sapphire case back, you can see the movement, the Cal 77FO, made of 362 parts, with a silicon spiral and escapement. 

That's for the facts. 

Now, some thoughts. 

When I know that a travel watch is unveiled, I am always excited, as this is a complication which is dear to my heart. 

This Breguet has a lot of charm, a beautiful dial, and is friendly to use. I really like the way the dial is decorated, charming, delicious and so Breguet, which here means " old time refinement ", for me. 

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A good thing is that you can choose your dial as the 5717 comes in three different variations: Asia, as shown here, America, and Europe, in this order:

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Now, I find it too big and a tad too thick, too. 40 mm would have been more my taste. 

You have two choices, platinum, or rose gold. I think a third option would have been welcomed, in white gold or, why not, in steel. 

The movement is pleasant to see, but doesn't have anything special to me, even though the rotor is nicely finished. 

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I would have been more enthusiastic if the watch was smaller, which is, in my opinion, its biggest flaw, with its price ( around 76 000 Euros in rose gold, and 91, 000 Euros in platinum ).

Looking forward to reading your comments and thoughts, 

Nicolas

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shafran March 23rd, 2021-01:38
It is a beautiful watch. I have not seen it live, so can't comment on the size, but I prefer my watches in thhe 42mm range. I almost pulled the trigger a few months ago, but held back.
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amanico March 23rd, 2021-01:50
It all depends on your wrist, indeed. Thanks for your comments, Shafran. 
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Spangles - Mr. Tabby March 23rd, 2021-05:21
I like the guilloché dial versions that are just a little more understated and there is a white gold case. The patented quick-change time-zone/date jumping mechanism is a module appended to the same modern movement Breguet made for the time-and-date only 5177.
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Spangles - Mr. Tabby March 23rd, 2021-05:47
A picture of the guilloché dial in white gold  ... 
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amanico March 23rd, 2021-14:20
Wow, really superb work on the dial, too. Thanks for sharing. 
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Jurry March 23rd, 2021-05:31
It’s beautiful but there is a but Personally (I realize it’s just a matter of taste) I belief they’ve made an error in this dial. The waves in the oceans clearly stem from the Marina. But it makes this elegant chique model a bit frivolous. As if they couldn’t choose. Secondly it’s a prett... 
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Spangles - Mr. Tabby March 23rd, 2021-05:43
The Marina? This watch predates the current Marine line, is that what you mean? I'm interested if there's something I've missed!
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amanico March 23rd, 2021-14:23
Well, for me, the waves are not an issue. As for the different regions of the world, I think GP did it ( WWT TC Enamel Tourbillon with gold bridges ), as well as Patek ( WT ) and Vacheron ( with the Mercator ). 
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Milan1 March 23rd, 2021-06:08
Excellent article too big for my wrist and taste, but the dial is superamazing Cheers, Milán ... 
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amanico March 23rd, 2021-14:24
Yes, bit it is, but your wrist shot is superb. Good to read you, Milan! 
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