The history of Breguet brand goes back to 1775 when the brand and company was founded by Abraham Louis Breguet. It all started with a self-winding watch, which was unique for that era. This watch became popular after Queen Marie Antoinette showed her liking for it. Of course, Abraham Louis Breguet aptly named the timepiece Queen Marie Antoinette.
The brand and the company saw immense growth after the operations were taken over by Breguet’s sons and grandsons. Today, the Breguet brand, although part of the Swatch Group, is known for its pioneering horological technologies and finesse.
Breguet watches are renowned for their superior quality and elegance. Each watch comes stamped with its unique identification number that is able to give the owner its entire history. In addition, every Breguet watch has a secret signature that is visible just in oblique light. This signature allows a person to tell an original from a replica.
All watches from Breguet come with Arabic numerals that give them an exquisite and distinctive look. Another feature of this brand is the unique hands that the timepieces have. Lastly, caseband fluting of each watch is unique and this often is referred to as the Breguet style.
Marie Antoinette. This Breguet watch is a reproduction of the first Queen Marie Antoinette watch, which was stolen from a museum in Jerusalem in 1983. It is claimed that the new Marie Antoinette is an exact replica of the first one and was designed using the original drawings that were housed in the Breguet Museum and the Museum des Art et Metiers based in Paris This watch is considered a masterpiece because of its precision. In fact, it has the honour of being the fifth-most complicated watch in the world. However, there is a lot more to this watch. It comes with a second, minute and hour arrangement that is in complete sync. The watch also has a perpetual calendar and a power reserve indicator. The calendar train, gong wheels, plates and bridge are made from wood polished pink gold, giving it an elegant and sophisticated look.
Reine de Naples. This is a wristwatch designed for female clientele. The first Reine de Naples watches were designed and created for some very important female figures in history, such as Empress Josephine and Queen Marie Antoinette. The watches in this collection have been inspired by a bracelet watch that Abraham Breguet made for Caroline, the queen of Naples and Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister. Today, Reine de Naples watches are considered a symbol of femininity with their exquisite appearance and refinement.
La Chronometrie. This particular Breguet model is considered to be one of the most innovative models from Breguet. The distinctive feature of the watch is its magnetic pivot, which ensures high levels of precision. The magnetic field runs through the balance staff, so even if the watch is subjected to shocks, the balance and precision stay intact. Certain components, such as pallet levers, escape wheels and balance spring, are made from silicon and this reduces the overall weight of the model. The silicon also helps to reduce inertia of the mechanical components and this, in turn, enhances performance.
Marine. This model has all the features that Abraham Breguet had devised for the French Navy as their official chronometer maker. The watches from the Marine collection come with reinforced case and a protected crown that keeps the internal components safe. At the same time, the Marine is renowned for its quality workmanship and flair that makes it a fashion icon.
8998BB/11/874 D00D. This is one of the recent models from Breguet. The casing of the watch is made out of 18 carat white gold. The dial flange and bezel have 143 diamonds that add up to approximately 1.45 carats. This model from Breguet is water resistant to a depth of 30 meters. The balance wheel of the watch symbolises the sun, while the moon is engraved on the titanium disc. The hour and minute are present on the lower part of the dial. The hands of the watch are made from polished steel, giving it a modern yet graceful look.
Besides fine watches, Breguet also has a collection of high-end jewellery. Exquisite rings, cufflinks, necklaces and pendants are available from the house of Breguet. With sensual names, such as Les Jardins du Petit Trianon, L’Orangerie and Crazy Flower, the Breguet jewellery collection boasts of unique design and sophistication. Made from diamonds, blue sapphires, garnets, pink tourmalines, rubies and yellow beryl, Breguet fine jewellery has a niche market and breathtaking designs that are hard to resist or ignore.
The Breguet brand is steeped in history and is renowned for its daring and exciting designs. However, it is the Breguet quality and precision that makes each model unique and stimulating. Being an owner of a Breguet watch is considered to be a legacy that can be passed down from one generation to the next.