190th anniversary of Abraham Louis Breguet


The 190th death anniver­sary of Abra­ham Louis Breguet was on On 17 Sep­tem­ber 2013, the watch­mak­ing world paid trib­ute to this mas­ter watch­maker time­less genius.

Abraham Louis Breguet
Abra­ham Louis and begin­ning of his success

Breguet is today, like all time, an absolute ref­er­ence in the world of watch­mak­ing. His brand is rec­og­nized today with a good fame because of its seri­ous­ness and its inno­va­tions that have marked the watch indus­try through the years and even cen­turies. Its founder, Abraham-Louis was born in Neuchâ­tel in 1747, lived in Paris and has been all these years, inno­vat­ing again and again.
In 1775 he opened his own work­shop dock Clock. His first shots mas­ters are called per­pet­ual auto­matic watch in 1780, the inven­tion of the gong spring for repeater watches in 1783, the anti-shock anti-fall in 1790, the con­cept of sim­ple watch a nee­dle device of the tact watch, sym­pa­thetic pen­du­lum.
Breguet watches were so admired by King Louis XVI and Queen Marie-Antoinette, who gave full trust to the brand. In 1783, one of the admir­ers of Marie-Antoinette pass­word con­trol and gives carte blanche to the watch­maker Breguet to make a show for the Queen. This gen­tle­man never saw the color since the watch will be com­pleted 40 years later. But beware; far from being a sword in the water, this watch is a mar­vel in gold that con­tains all the pos­si­ble com­pli­ca­tions of the time. Stolen in 1983 from a museum in Jerusalem, this watch is finally found in 2007, while Nico­las Hayek had to fin­ish the repro­duc­tion, a crazy project started three years ago. To return to the know-how and inven­tions that have marked the his­tory of watch­mak­ing, note that Breguet invented the trav­el­ing clock, but the whirl­wind, patented in 1801.
9 years after the patent in full glory due to the many inven­tions, Breguet per­sists and signs invent­ing for Car­o­line Murat, Queen of Naples, the first wrist­watch. Ensued other inven­tions and well deserved recog­ni­tions such as the appoint­ment of Mr. Breguet Bureau des Lon­gi­tudes, his appoint­ment as a watch­maker of the Royal Navy, as well as the devel­op­ment of the Marine Chronome­ter dou­ble bar­rel or the eye­piece tele­scope.
Evo­lu­tion of brand

Breguet died in 1823. His son, Antoine Louis then took over. In 1833, the son goes to turn the power to the lit­tle son Louis-Clément cre­ated the com­pany, and NEPHEW Com­pany.
The years passed and in 1970 the brand was taken over by the Chaumet broth­ers, Parisian jew­el­ers. 6 years later, a new shop opened in Switzer­land, Bras­sus resumed again in 1987 by Investor Cor­po­ra­tion. The years that fol­lowed were filled with inno­va­tions such as the wrist­watch to per­pet­ual equa­tion of time (1991), wrist­watch with per­pet­ual cal­en­dar online (1997). In 1999, a new era begins for Breguet with its acqui­si­tion by the Swatch Group. In 2002 and 2003, Breguet tabled two other patents for the mech­a­nism of the moon phase, for lock­ing the alarm and index­ing time zone on the awak­en­ing of Tsar Model.
Under the impe­tus and the iron hand of Nico­las Hayek, Breguet has ben­e­fited from the strength of a large group who asks only to per­pet­u­ate the tra­di­tion of watch­mak­ing and excep­tional crafts­man­ship. Many invest­ments have been put in place to open a new Man­u­fac­ture and pro­vide new equip­ment and hir­ing qual­ity watch­mak­ers face tra­di­tion of inno­va­tion of the brand and honor. Beyond these mate­r­ial taken into account, Mr. Hayek was also keen to per­pet­u­ate the spirit of all Breguet watches his emo­tional and cul­tural, tech­ni­cal, artis­tic and bold, a very suc­cess­ful chal­lenge today because as every­one knows, Breguet, its his­tory, its exper­tise, its divine and excep­tional time­pieces are part of a her­itage that Switzer­land can be proud and very happy it puts for­ward to the delight of lovers of haute hor­logerie. Inno­va­tion, patents, art and his­tory mod­els, Breguet has not fin­ished sur­pris­ing us and con­tin­ues to write his story and under­stand future as beau­ti­ful and rich as was his past.

breguet marine silver dial