Wednesday, 14 November 2012

A History of Breguet Watches

Abraham Louis Breguet is considered by many people to be the greatest genius of watchmaking that has ever lived and the history of horology in the 18th century would not be complete without the contributions of this great man.

Breguet had numerous inventions but some of his best-known are the Breguet spiral which is still found today in every quality watch and the tourbillion, the whirlwind which Breguet invented to compensate for the influence of gravity on the balance spring in watches. 

In addition to all his inventions, Breguet also made what is considered today to be the first Grande Complication in the history of horology. He watch was called the Marie-Antoinette and was commissioned by the famous French queen’s guard Monsieur de la Croizette. He instructed Breguet to make sure the watch contained all known complications and that as many parts as possible should be made from gold. There were no time restrictions for making the watch and there was also no limit on the price. Unfortunately the watch was only finished in 1827 which meant that Queen Marie-Antoinette did not get to see it, as she was beheaded in 1793, and neither did Breguet as he died in 1823.

Nowadays The House of Breguet is a member of the Swatch Group and Breguet watches are manufactured in Vallee de Joux which is an area of Switzerland that is famous for the production of quality watches. The current Breguet watch collections are made up of numerous exceptional timepieces. Breguet watches are designed for both men and women and there are five wristwatch collections for men and each and every watch in these collections has exclusive as well as stunning attributes.

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