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The House of Breguet, founded in 1775 by Abraham-Louis Breguet, holds a unique position in the world of watchmaking. Acknowledged as one of the most prolific inventors of his time, having developed the tourbillon, gong spring, pare-chute shock protector, and Breguet balance spring, Abraham-Louis Breguet received recognition for his creativity and talent across a number of Europe’s royal courts.
In 1815, King Louis XVIII of France appointed Breguet as Chronometer-maker to the Royal Navy. This marked the beginning of a long tradition of putting the House’s expertise to work for navigators. Today, the artisans of the Breguet Manufacture continue to make unique works of art that bear witness to the brand’s rich history.
Breguet has been owned by the Swatch Group since 1999.
Five interesting facts about Breguet
Breguet is credited with producing the first-ever wristwatch. The watch appears in the brand’s order books for Caroline Murat, Queen of Naples. It was delivered in 1812 and had a bracelet made out of hair entwined with gold. It was returned to the company for service a couple of times before disappearing.
In the blockbuster film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Bruce Wayne sports a Breguet Tradition Tourbillon, worth around USD 190,000.
Breguet watches have been mentioned in the works of a number of famous authors including Victor Hugo, Honoré de Balzac, Alexandre Dumas, Alexander Pushkin, and William Makepeace Thackeray, among others.
Breguet made a number of timepieces for Marie-Antoinette, including reference 160, an extravagant gift from an admirer. Unfortunately, she was executed before it was finished.
Famous people spotted wearing Breguet include Queen Marie-Antoinette, Tsar Alexander I, Napoleon Bonaparte, Winston Churchill, and Vladimir Putin.