Breguet

Breguet was founded in 1775 by Abraham-Louis Breguet in Paris. This makes Breguet one of the oldest watch brands which has survived through time. As the business was a success his son joined in the early 1800’s changing the name to Breguet et Fils which translates to ‘and sons’. Through the years the company was handed over within the family until the great grandson of Abraham-Louis. Before Louis Antoine passed away the company hired watchmaker Edward Brown who became partner and later owner. For roughly 100 years the company was in the hands of the Brown family and changed owners multiple time during the quartz era.

Highlights

1775
Breguet is founded in Paris France
1780
Invention of the first automatic pocket watch
1783
The gong spring was invented which paved the way for minute repeaters. Breguet hands were designed for the first time
1795
Invention of the Breguet spring which is widely used in watchmaking to date
1798
Patent for the constant force escapement
1801
The tourbillon was invented which minimised the effect of gravity to a movement
1810
The first wristwatch was designed and produced
1827
34 years after the death of Queen Marie-Antoinette, the Breguet No.160 watch that was ordered for her by an admirer, was finally ready
1939
Patent of the sidereal timekeeper (February 28)
1972
A new classic line was introduced
1997
Patent for a straight-line perpetual calendar watch movement with instant year-jump
1999
Breguet joins the Swatch Group
2010
Breguet invented the magnetic pivot, a shock protection device using magnetic fields

Did you know?

Spring

The Breguet Spring which was invented in 1795 is still widely used in watchmaking today

2008

The famous “Marie-Antoinette” pocket watch was stolen in 1983 from a museum in Jeruzalem and only recovered in 2007. Meanwhile, in 2004, Swatch Group CEO Hayek challenged the Breguet watchmakers to develop a replica, which was finalised in 2008.

Boutiques

That you can find historical Breguet timepieces in their boutiques in Zurich, Paris and Shanghai?