Currently based in L'Abbaye, Switzerland, Breguet is one of the oldest surviving watchmaking brands in the world today. Its prolific history and roster of monumentally influential innovations have come to be deeply ingrained within modern horology.
The Manufacture’s eponymous founder, Abraham-Louis Breguet, established his workshop in Paris in 1775. Hailing from Switzerland, Breguet has, without a doubt, cemented his status as a legend in the industry. He revolutionized precision watchmaking with pivotal inventions such as what is thought to be the world's first reliable self-winding (or ‘automatic’) watch in 1780, the Perpétuelle. Breguet also invented the “Pare-chute”, which today acts as the basis of modern shock protection. Perhaps the Maison’s most significant invention was the tourbillon in 1801, which acted as a means to balance the force of gravity. The tourbillon greatly increased the accuracy of chronometers and is now one of the most widely used mechanisms in modern watchmaking.
With a reputation for outstanding quality came prestige, and needless to say Breguet was not short of esteemed clientele. The company made what was probably the world's first wristwatch for the Queen of Naples in 1810. And in 1827 came the completion of the No. 160, also known as the Marie Antoinette. Commissioned for the Queen herself, it is still considered one of the most complicated watches in the world today. Breguet timepieces have also been sported by the likes of Napoleon and Winston Churchill, to name a few.
Popular lines from the Manufacture include the Heritage, Marine, La Tradition, and Classique collections. Look out for the signature ‘Breguet hands’ -- fashioned out of gold or blued steel, with their trademark hollowed out circular motifs, they continue to act as a universal symbol of elegance.
Currently based in L'Abbaye, Switzerland, Breguet is one of the oldest surviving watchmaking brands in the world today.