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[Translate to english:] Breguet Tourbillion Ref. 3357


A.-L. Breguet - Revolutionary and ingenious inventor of the watchmaking craftsmanship

Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747 - 1823) is regarded as the most brilliant inventor of his guild. He has revolutionized the art of watchmaking in many aspects, and all that came after him in inventions in this field, can be described as marginal.

His name stands for an abundance of inventions, many of which have been patented. The Repetition (haptica braille watch), the so-called Breguet spiral, the Breguet pointer, the guilloched dial (1786), the first axial "para-chute", called the "échappement naturel" – the shock protection system (1790), and the invention of the tourbillon (patented 1801). The tourbillon is one of the most famous complications of luxury watches. Every watchmaker who holds something up, runs a model with a tourbillon.

The list of its innovations can be continued indefinitely. In 1812 Breguet created the world's first watch, an order for the Queen of Naples, Caroline Murat. As a watchmaker of the royal navy, he invented the eyepiece for astronomical telescopes in 1819. The eyepiece makes the measurement of "tenths of a second and even nearly hundredths of a second" possible. Only one year later, he invented the observational chronometer, the forerunner of today's chronograph.

Brief history of the Breguet factory

Breguet founded his business in 1775 with the help of his wife at the Quai d' Horologerie in the heart of Paris, after successfully completing his watchmaking and mathematics studies. At the age of only 28, he was recognized as a watchmaker. Born in the native of Neuchâtel, Breguet succeeded in - the recognition of his works during his lifetime, something that only few celebrities succeeded in.

After his death in 1823, his nephew took over the company, Breguet & Fils, becomes "Breguet Neveu & Cie." In 1870 the Englishman Edward Brown became the sole owner of the manufactory, a hundred years later in 1970 the company was acquired by the two Paris jewelers Jacque and Pierre Chaumet. The aim was to create the prestige, quality and exclusivity of Breguet timepieces after a period of decline.

In 1999, Breguet was sold to the Swatch Group. From this point onwards, the necessary financial and technological resources are available to continue the creativity and the spirit of invention of Breguet in the spirit of the founder. Today the unmistakable Breguet timepieces are created in the Vallée de Joux, the cradle of the Haute Horologerie.

Illustrious customers: kings, tsars, nobles, poets, musicians and many more

The list of exclusive Breguet customers is long, including kings, heads of state, academics, aristocrats and high-ranking military from France, Russia and the UK. Documents prove that the entire European elite, such as Napoléon Bonaparte, Caroline Murat, Louis XVI, Queen Marie Antoinette, Czar Alexander I of Russia, Selim III, General Davidoff, Alexander Pushkin, Honoré De Balzac, Gioachimo Rossini, Winston Churchill, Baron Rothschild, Alexander von Humboldt and many more shared the passion for Breguet timepieces.

To protect himself from the numerous imitations of his watches, the clockmaker began 1795 to offer a signature, visible only under magnifying glass, on the dial of his Breguet watches. This almost invisible signature on the dial still stands as a guarantee of authenticity.

The respect for his innovations and the memory of Abraham-Louis Breguet still lives today even in the precious mark, which bears his name. Breguet watches are handcrafted, perfect, prestigious and highly aesthetic timepieces.

Stendhal said of Breguet in 1817:

"Breguet makes clocks that run faultlessly for twenty years, but the miserable machine through which we live, incommodates and tortures us, at least once a week with pain."

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