Breguet holds a special place in cultural heritage due to Abraham-Louis Breguet setting the standard by which all fine watch making has been judged since. Each watch that is made today by Breguet is still a model of supreme horological art. No aspect of watch making escaped the Study of Abraham-Louis Breguet and his inventions were varied as well as being fundamental to horology. Queen Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI were early fans of his work and each watch produced in his workshops exhibited the latest horological improvements in an original movement.
During the French Revolution Breguet took refuge in Switzerland as his associations with the French monarchy and aristocracy made him a likely target. In 1795 he returned to Paris with many innovative ideas for watch and clock making. Amongst these innovations were the Breguet balance spring, his first carriage clock (sold to Bonaparte), the tact watch, the sympathetique clock and watch and in 1801 the tourbillion was patented.
Breguet watches ruled the courts of Europe and became indispensible to the scientific, financial, military fields as well as the diplomatic elites of the time. Breguet also designed exceptional timepieces for his most celebrated clients, for instance for Caroline Murat, queen of Naples he conceived the world’s very first wristwatch.
Today the Breguet brand’s capacity to innovate continues and Breguets creative powers have definitely not declined over time, but instead have been amplified by Nicolas G. Hayek. In eight short years there have been a number of patent applications files and the number has exceeded those filed by Abraham-Louis Breguet himself.