Breguet is an eminent Swiss manufacturer of luxury watches with a long and respected history. Originally founded in Paris in 1775 Breguet is now based in the Vallée de Joux in Switzerland. The company is one of the oldest surviving watch-making establishments and an inventor of numerous pioneering technologies. Significantly, Breguet lays claim to producing the first wrist watch in 1810.
The founder, Abraham-Louis Breguet, studied watchmaking for 10 years before setting up his own haute horlogerie workshop. Through his marriage Breguet was able to establish numerous influential connections, including the French royal family, which paved his way to early success. After his introduction to the royal court, Queen Marie Antoinette became intrigued by Breguet’s unique self-winding watch and, subsequently, Louis XVI bought several of these remarkable timepieces.
Abraham-Louis Breguet’s business went from strength to strength, and the firm remained strictly a family run concern until 1882, when the Breguet company hired the English watchmaker Edward Brown to manage the Paris factory. Brown became a partner and, eventually the owner and head of the company. When Brown died in 1895 the firm was taken over by his sons, Edward and Henry Brown.
Since these early times the Breguet brand may have changed ownership on a number of occasions but its reputation and the superior quality of its product has never diminished. Breguet watches are recognized specifically for their coin-edge cases, guilloché dials and blue ‘pomme’ hands.
Breguet’s current collection of watches for men and women is spectacular, fusing fascinating aesthetics with optimal function. The Breguet range caters for all tastes and practical requirements. Notable models include: ‘La Tradition’, which pays homage to the memory of Breguet and is inspired by the legendary open faced watches from the founder’s era; ‘The Classique’, which epitomises the watchmaking principles of: precision, clarity and elegant lines and ‘The Marine’ series interprets time honoured Breguet standards, in a contemporary manner producing wristwatches for divers and lovers of nautical sports.
In short; all Breguet designs incorporate links to the brand’s historic milestones as well as visions for its future.