|A Breguet Timepiece from 1785 - Photo By PHGCOM [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons|
According to the Breguet website, one of their first great patrons was the last French Queen, Marie-Antoinette.
|Marie Antoinette painting by Martin van Meytens [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons|
She went to the guillotine in 1793, but the company held on to "Number 160" a watch that a French officer had commissioned on her behalf. The watch was intended to be the ultimate timepiece and was completed 34 years after the French revolution. The fabled watch went off to have an interesting life in the hands of various collectors and thieves! The company is also famous for inventing the tourbillon which is a part of the watch escapement that is intended to counter the effects of gravity on the accuracy of a timepiece.
Today, Breguet is headquartered in Switzerland as the luxury flagship of the Swatch group. But, it continues to innovate in the world of mechanical watch making. It is a very special company where art, engineering, and craftsmanship combine to make amazing timepieces. For example, the Breguet Marine Automatic Big Date men's watch (below) features a stainless steel case and a silver guilloche dial.
Breguet watches are unique and special watches for people with discerning tastes and far beyond average means. Most are obviously intended for the super wealthy. However, when it comes to Breguet watches, the focus really is on art, design, and craftsmanship. These aren't watches that you flash to impress people. A Breguet watch is something far more special.
Breguest timepieces are very special watches that people buy because they are impressed by a beautiful timepiece and all that goes into it. If you wear one, it is because you appreciate the history, the aesthetics, and the meticulous craftsmanship that precedes your purchase. The Breguet buyer is more than a purchaser. He or she is a patron of a rare and vanishing art.