Breguet watch – A Leader In The Field
A horological master, a brand that symbolizes historical pride, technological brilliance, and cultural heritage, Breguet is considered the foremost watchmaker in the history of the watch. The brand name comes from Abraham-Louis, founder and inventor who brought the brand to life in 1775. Inventions from the tourbillon to the gong-spring introduced the brand to the world of watch making, and opened the door to the innovation that continues today.
The brand has been a part of history not only in watchmaking, but for the figures they have kept time with. Historical figures such as Marie-Antoinette, Tsar Alexander 1st, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Winston Churchill are just a few that aligned with the House of Breguet. The company has gained strength throughout time and investing in research and development fueled the innovation that has been the heart of the brand since 1775. Each year the brand introduces exceptional new pieces, each Grandes Complications coupled with exquisite finishes.
The appearance of the brand timepieces has similar basic features of prior models, the classic and beautiful guilloche dial with Roman numerals, brand hands and the cannellated case in solid gold. After the founders death,Louis continued the growth and path that his family started and in 1823 as the last direct descendant. Collaborating with an Englishman, Edward Brown, the manufacturing continued and the Browns continued for generations to drive the brand forward. In 1970 the compay was acquired by Jacques and Pierre Chaumet, two Parisian jewelers who returned to the roots of the brand watchmaking and up until they went bankrupt they stayed true to the heritage. In 1987 the brand transferred to a firm, Investcorp. And then in 1999 the brand was acquired by the Swatch Group and the House of Breguet once again breathed new life.
One of the most important inventions of the brand was the pare-chute, a concave cap-jewel held on a blade spring holding the pivot. While this might seem simple, the inguenity of these small dishes of matching shape and a strip spring allowed for this fragile balance shaft to stay in place by a spring-dampened room for movement, rather than being exposed to a direct shock transmitted from the case through the jewels and then onto the thin axle. This was equipped in every timepiece from 1792 and a brilliant move for the brand. This technology was incorporated in all the timepieces and truly was innovation ahead of its time.
A major transformation came for the brand in 2001, a new facility and the capability of producing not just the major components, but also the minor ones, and the tools to produce those components inhouse. This new dedicated toolmaking facility truly meant great things for the brand. Today the Breguet name lives on not only in Vallee de Joux, but in museums and elsewhere as the history and respect drive horological excellence forward. So as we continue forward in time, so does Breguet, with more innovations to come.
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