Founded in 1775, Breguet is still revered for its forward-thinking design and innovation. Adhering to the guidelines of engineering excellence, Breguet has introduced countless nuances to the luxury watch market. In fact, the brand’s most famous invention includes the creation of the tourbillon. And, despite modern manufacturing, Breguet watches are still hand made by the most talented Swiss watchmakers. Buy your Breguet watch and marvel at its historic excellence.
Breguet was founded in 1775 by Abraham-Louis Breguet. Breguet was able to start the company because he married the daughter of an affluent French aristocrat. After Breguet had acquired the financial means, he used his connections made with people he met during his apprenticeship as a watchmaker. Shortly after the founding of Breguet, his watches became very popular with royalty in Europe. Two of his best customers were Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Rumor has it that Marie Antoinette commissioned the Breguet masterpiece made for her, the "Marie Antoinette." By 1807, Abraham-Louis Breguet took his son Louis Antoine as his partner, and Louis ran the family company after his father retired in 1823. Just ten years after his father retired, Louis retired in 1833 and his grandson took over the company. Louis’ great-grandson was the last family member to own and run the company. After Louis’ grandson retired, Edward Brown took over the company, and became the first English owner. Following this, the Brown family owned Breguet for a large part of the 20th century.
Breguet makes watches for both men and women. The most popular collection for both men and women is Classique, which is comprised of slim watches that are manually wound or automatic. Classique wrist watches capture the traditional features of Breguet, featuring some of their original styles. The Marine is another popular Breguet watch. These watches are made to resemble the watches that French naval officers have worn in the past. The Marine watches have a reinforced case and a protected crown, which allows the watches to be sturdy while still looking elegant. The type XX and XXI watches are other prominent Breguet models which were made in the image of pilot watches. Each XX and XXI contains a very special feature called the "fly back" function, which allows the time to change on the watch while pilots are flying search patterns. Another popular watch that Breguet makes is the Tradition. Tradition was made to capture the history and the legendary watches that Abraham-Louis Breguet used to make. This watch was created to capture the essence and spirit of this historic company.
Breguet has worked hard to maintain its historic reputation as being the finest watch producer on the market. It recently won first prize at watch day in 2011, and the company also won the Coup de Coeur (watch of the year) the same year. The company has also taken its watchmaking into the jewelry world, where it has started to sell necklaces, bracelets, and rings. Recently, in 2002, new CEO Marc Hayak has taken over the company and he aims to continue the tradition of great watchmaking and historic excellence.
Breguet watches are also found throughout history. They appear in multiple literary works, paintings, and presents for royalty and war heroes. This was powerful publicity for the company, because it showed people that Breguet watches were watches of royal quality, of elegance, and of great value. Great marketing and word of mouth has helped the company become one of the longest running watch companies in the world. Breguet has kept its tradition of elegance, pride, and perfection, which has resulted in a large and loyal client base.
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