Wrist Watching: Why New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Will Give His Breguet Marine 5817 To His Daughter
If you have been following American politics of late, you are likely to have heard of New York governor Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo may have inherited much of his political sense from his father, Mario Cuomo, who was also governor of New York from 1983 through 1994. A career politician, Andrew Cuomo has held other offices, including two terms as United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Cuomo has had a direct but heartfelt way of taking decisive action during the pandemic. And I recently discovered that he also wears one of my favorite watches of the last 20 years: the Breguet Marine 5817 in stainless steel.
The Breguet Marine
Breguet has a long history in marine chronometers — in 1815, King Louis XVIII of France appointed Abraham-Louis Breguet chronometer maker for the French navy — so it was only a matter of time until these instruments served as inspiration for a wristwatch. This arrived in 1990 when the first Marine collection launched. Back then the Breguet Marine line was quite modest, comprising only two automatic time-only models; it was only later that more complicated pieces were added.
The second-generation Marine collection launched in 2005 with an automatic watch. Reference 5817 was sportier and in my opinion has more character than its predecessor in terms of design, thanks in great part to the twirling guilloche pattern in the dial’s center.
A product of its era, the second-generation Marine also features a large date at 6 o’clock in addition to the beautiful guilloche swirls in the center of the dial.
Though Breguet has since released a third iteration of this collection, which began with 2017’s Marine Équation Marchante Reference 5887, the second-generation Breguet Marine remains in the permanent collection.
Cuomo recently drew attention to his prized Breguet Marine Reference 5817 with white guilloche dial center when, during a press conference in early June 2020, he talked about what his daughter desired for a college graduation gift. “I want something that means something to you,” was her answer.
“I’m going to give Michaela my watch,” he replied, gesturing toward his right wrist (which implies that Cuomo could be left-handed). Michaela Kennedy Cuomo, 22, is Cuomo’s youngest daughter of three with ex-wife Kerry Kennedy. Michaela recently graduated from Brown University.
“What means something to me . . . it’s the best thing I have that my father gave me. He gave me this watch when I was elected attorney general,” Cuomo explained the meaning behind his generous gift. “I’ve had it for about 14 years.” The Cuomo family seems to have excellent taste.
Then Cuomo said the only off-color thing I’ve heard him say: “She won’t be able to wear it . . . it’s a man’s watch. Maybe she can. But it means something to me. Means something to her, means something to me.”
And while this watch may well have been originally intended for men in 2005, at 39 mm in diameter and 11.82 mm in height the Breguet Marine Reference 5817 is eminently wearable for women; it fits my quite small wrist beautifully and I’d be happy to wear the heck out of it if it were mine. I’m sure this heirloom will look great on Michaela too.
For more information, please visit breguet.com/en/timepieces/marine/5817.
Quick Facts Breguet Marine Reference 5817
Case: 39 x 11.82 mm, stainless steel
Movement: automatic Caliber 517GG, 65-hour power reserve; lever escapement with silicon balance spring, 4 Hz/28,800 vph frequency
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds; large date
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