Breguet Milestones: The Art and Innovation in Watchmaking

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Abraham-Louis Breguet sets up his own business on Quai de l'Horloge, Ile de la Cité in Paris. He is considered the greatest watchmaker of all time.


The Breguet travel clock No. 178 was purchased in 1798 by Napoleon Bonaparte as part of his equipment, a month before he began his Egyptian campaign. Highly innovative, this clock anticipated in both its technical and its aesthetic aspects, the general appearance of virtually all carriage clocks produced in France throughout the nineteenth century and into the beginning of the twentieth.


In 1801, Breguet patented the most notable invention of his career: the Tourbillon, a regulator designed to counteract the effects of gravity on a mechanical watch’s functionality. While patented in 1801, its development took no less than 10 years of experimentation and research in the years spanning from 1795 to 1805. At a time when timepieces were worn vertically in the waistcoat pocket, the master watchmaker devised a way of negating the effects of the earth’s attraction on the functioning of the oscillator and, on the basis of this, improving the chronometric accuracy of the movement


The Breguet No. 160 grand complication, more commonly known as the Marie-Antoinette, is a case watch designed by Abraham-Louis Breguet which incorporating the fullest range of horological expertise known at the time. It has been called 'a poem in clockwork'. Ordered in 1783 by an officer of the Queen’s Guards, whose name has remained unknown to this day.


Victoria, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, purchased a Breguet watch on July 17a 1838, a year after her accession to the throne. It was “a very small and simple watch, without repeater, very thin, for a ring” registered under number 5102.


In the early fifties, the French Ministry of Defense drew up specifications with a view to purchasing a large quantity of chronograph wristwatches for its Air Force, to be known as Type 20. The watches were only given personally to aviators in exceptional circumstances. In the face of such success and high demand, the House of Breguet also produced a civilian version named Type XX, which would go on to be enjoyed by several generations of private pilots and those who were simply fans of chronographs.


In 1999, The Swatch Group acquires the House of Breguet. Breguet whose origins date back to 1775, is one of the oldest timepiece manufacturers in the world.


Breguet's Reine de Naples collection is inspired by an early bracelet watch A.-L. Breguet created for Napoleon Bonaparte's sister Caroline Murat, Queen of Naples. Its egg-shaped case and complications have become a legend on their own right, and a symbol of feminine refinement in a contemporary jewellery watch.


Two patented inventions in the Breguet alarm watch Le Réveil du Tsar 5707: a column-wheel mechanism to lock or active the alarm and a device to co-ordinate the alarm with local time.


Launch of the Classique Hora Mundi 5717. This timepiece is equipped with the very first instant dual time-zone device. This function enables a display of two pre-selected time zones by switching instantly from one to another at a simple press of a pushbutton.


The attraction of the Tradition collection are maintained through the unique architecture of the mechanism so that the main components are all visible, resulting in a strong visual impact. Here is the Tradition GMT 7067.


Instruments for sea exploration have been an important part of Breguet’s history, especially since Abraham-Louis Breguet was appointed the official chronometer-maker to the French Royal Navy in 1815. In 2017, Breguet presented one of the collection’s technically more ambitious novelties: the Marine Tourbillon Équation Marchante 5887.


Classique 5177 - The Classique wristwatches exemplify the watchmaking ideals of precision, clarity and elegant lines. Classique wristwatch in white gold with a silvered gold dial, hand-engraved on a rose engine, self-winding movement with date indication.

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