Mar 8, 2016

An Exhibition On Abraham-Louis Breguet

Tags: Abraham-Louis Breguet, Baselworld 2016, Breguet, Exhibition, La Musicale, Marie-Antoinette, Reine de Naples

Many consider this watchmaker to be the godfather of modern watchmaking. And his name is still today one of the most prestigious names – if not the most prestigious – in high-end watchmaking. Breguet was a scientific watchmaker who invented crucial systems for timepieces that are still used today. Just think about the tourbillon or the pare-chute (anti shock) system, for instance. Breguet was a close friend of John Arnold, the London-based watchmaker who is said to have the privilege of testing the first tourbillon system in one of his movements. Breguet was not only an inventor, he was also a very demanding craftsman in terms of putting demands on himself and his coworkers. The quality and perfection of his pieces speak for themselves. His designs were balanced, legible, and very pure – as was the morphology of their movements.

Breguet also had a great artistic touch. Focusing on rather simple decoration, he emphasized the quality of the execution, looking first for subtle details that show off ornamentation. Born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, in 1747, he opened his Parisian workshop in 1775. Very soon, Breguet became the watchmaker of French aristocrats and monarchs. Queen Marie-Antoinette, who already had a few of his watches, ordered the most complicated watch ever made to that point. She was not able to see it before her untimely demise, but this masterpiece marked time before it was stolen from a museum – and reappeared in 2007. But before it was recovered, the modern Breguet brand had taken the decision to create an exact reproduction of it. Abraham-Louis Breguet also created an oval-shaped wristwatch upon request of the Queen of Naples, Caroline Murat. It now forms the basis of a strong ladies’ collection in brand’s current catalogue. Napoleon Bonaparte, Sultan Selim from the Ottoman Empire, Italian composer Gioachino Rossini, and eminences from Russia were also Breguet’s customers.

Abraham-Louis Breguet died in 1823 in Paris. The Swatch Group bought the brand in 1999 from Investcorp and made it into one the four most prestigious and exclusive names of the holding that also includes Blancpain, Harry Winston, and Jaquet Droz.

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  • Tutu Tutu

    Tutu Tutu

    Was always a fan of Abraham louis Breguet but to think he had so much influence. Legend

    Sep 05, 2018

  • Bobby Sebastian

    Bobby Sebastian

    It’s nice to’ve a series on the geniuses in watchmaking history like Breguet. I’m sure, more of these will come out in future...courtesy of the watches TV 📺

    Apr 30, 2018

  • JayeBird


    This program is addictive!

    Apr 12, 2018

  • Jimbo Slice

    Jimbo Slice

    And here's me with my $12 dollar watch off etsy

    Feb 12, 2017

  • Rio Nevin

    Rio Nevin

    woah THAT is a truly amazing exhibition

    Nov 05, 2016

  • Amintas Neto

    Amintas Neto

    Great video as usual. Hope this exposition will come to Dubai soon.

    Mar 15, 2016

  • watchesali swiss

    watchesali swiss

    hi marc-nice vedio- u take us to the history of watches & the must famus watchmaker on the world

    Mar 13, 2016

  • djvartan


    Simply amazing.

    Mar 11, 2016

  • manduheavy vazquez

    manduheavy vazquez

    Breguet Always following the tradition but with new designs. Never stocks in the time and innovate watch by watch every time. Awesome.

    Mar 10, 2016

  • SoCalFreelance


    Wow, Mr. Breguet had some impressive friends. I very much admire his craftsmanship and aesthetic.

    Mar 09, 2016

  • Richard Stevens

    Richard Stevens

    He is truly worthy of the term Genius like Bach, Mozart, Coltrane, Mingus...

    Mar 09, 2016

  • Richard Stevens

    Richard Stevens

    He is worthy of the term Genius like Bach, Mozart, Liszt

    Mar 09, 2016

  • OpalKingdom


    great work , thanks

    Mar 09, 2016

  • WOOD


    you guys are one of my favorite youtube channels. always look forward to seeing videos from you guys

    Mar 08, 2016

  • yiannis merianos

    yiannis merianos

    the grandfather of complications!

    Mar 08, 2016

  • MrMuttonhollow


    Good video, thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work.

    Mar 08, 2016

  • timstring0902


    Wow, those are some mesmerizing watches :)

    Mar 08, 2016

  • Peter K

    Peter K

    The quality of every video produced is second to none . This content is truly priceless . Every time I watch videos from your channel I walk away that much smarter about horology . Thanks a million GodSpeed

    Mar 08, 2016

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