Breguet is a Swiss luxury watch brand whose origins date back to the 18th century, when Abraham-Louis Breguet founded his workshop in Paris. The Breguet watch brand is known for its innovation and craftsmanship, as well as its distinctive style of guilloché dials, fluted cases and blued steel hands.
History of Breguet
The history of Breguet is a story of innovation, prestige and tradition in the world of watchmaking. Breguet was founded in 1775 by Abraham-Louis Breguet, a Swiss watchmaker, one of the best, who settled in Paris and became the official supplier to the French court and other European royal houses.
Breguet was the creator of numerous horological complications that are still benchmarks today, such as the tourbillon, the chronograph, the minute repeater and the perpetual calendar. He was also the inventor of the Breguet hairspring, a spring that improves the precision of mechanical watches, and of the Breguet style, characterised by blued steel hands with a crescent moon-shaped tip, Roman numerals and guilloché decoration on the dials.
Among the models that have made watchmaking history are the Breguet No. 160, known as the “Marie-Antoinette watch“, which was commissioned by the Queen in 1783 and completed in 1827, after her death. The Breguet No. 2639, which was the first wristwatch and was given as a gift to Queen Caroline Murat of Naples in 1810. Another historic model is the Breguet No. 765, which was the personal watch of Sir Winston Churchill who inherited it from his grandfather, the Duke of Marlborough.
Tradition and innovation remain the cornerstones of Breguet today. The brand has been part of the Swatch group since 1999 and continues to offer high-end watches with a classic and elegant design, but with the latest technologies and materials.
Breguet watch collections
The Classique collection brings together the aesthetic codes of the original Breguet watches, with round cases, guilloché dials, blued steel hands and Roman numerals. These watches offer the classic functions such as hours, minutes, seconds, date, power reserve and moon phases, as well as more elaborate complications such as the tourbillon and minute repeater.
The Marine collection is inspired by the nautical world and the chronometers that Breguet created for the French Royal Navy. These watches have a sporty design, with gold or titanium cases, dials with marine motifs and rubber or metal straps. Some of the models in this collection include a stopwatch function.
The Heritage collection, featuring watches with curved cases and tonneau, which fit perfectly on the wrist. These watches have a retro style, with guilloché dials and Arabic numerals. Some of the functions that can be found in this collection are jumping hours, retrograde minutes or tourbillon.
Reine de Naples
The Reine de Naples collection, which pays tribute to the first woman to own a Breguet watch, Queen Caroline of Naples. These watches have a feminine oval shape, with gold or platinum cases set with diamonds and mother-of-pearl or enamel dials. Their functions include day/night indicator, moon phase and minute repeater.
Type XX – XXI – XXII
The Type XX – XXI – XXII collection is based on the airborne chronographs that Breguet designed for French military aviation in the 1950s. These watches have a technical and functional look, with steel or rose gold cases, black or grey dials and leather or metal straps. Functions include a flyback chronograph, second time zone or 24-hour indicator.
Breguet watches for men and women
If you are looking for a Breguet watch for men, at Ideal Joyeros you will find a wide variety of masculine models with different complications, technical characteristics and materials that will attract your attention. Among the collections with more masculine designs we can find the Classique, the Marine, the Type XX-XXI-XXII and the Héritage.
Although the brand’s designs are mainly focused on masculine designs, within Breguet we can find Breguet collections with clear feminine elements. One of the women’s watch collections is the well-known “Reine de Naples“. This collection was once created for Napoleon
Bonaparte’s sister, Caroline, who was Queen of Naples. It differs from other watch designs by its oval case with a dial on which we can see that the digits indicating the time have different sizes. Women’s sizes can also be found in the Héritage collection.
Breguet brand ambassadors
Breguet ambassadors are individuals who represent the values and philosophy of the Swiss watch brand. They are leaders in their respective fields, such as science, art, culture, sport or politics. They share with Breguet a passion for innovation, excellence and elegance. Current Breguet ambassadors include French astronaut Jean-François Clervoy, Chinese pianist Lang Lang, British actor Colin Firth and Princess of Monaco Charlene Wittstock.
Why buy a Breguet?
Buying a Breguet watch is a good choice for many reasons. Breguet is a watch brand founded by one of the greatest watchmakers, Abraham-Louis Breguet and is recognised worldwide as one of the most distinguished and venerable watch brands. Why should you consider buying a Breguet watch?
Firstly, the excellence in quality and design of Breguet watches is undeniable. These timepieces are the perfect fusion of traditional craftsmanship and state-of-the-art technology. Each Breguet watch is a masterpiece of precision and beauty.
What distinguishes Breguet from other brands is its legacy of innovation. Throughout its history, Breguet has pioneered numerous innovations and achievements in the watchmaking industry. From the invention of the self-winding watch to the creation of the Tourbillon to the Breguet hands and the Breguet hairspring, the brand has repeatedly transformed watchmaking. The inclusion of horological complications such as the minute repeater and moon phase function in its creations demonstrates its commitment to technical excellence.
Breguet has not only been synonymous with innovation, but has also earned the recognition of distinguished customers over the years. From kings and emperors to today’s cultural and scientific luminaries, Breguet watches have graced the wrists of those who appreciate the finest in watchmaking.
The quality, design and prestige associated with the brand make the choice of a Breguet watch a wise one for those seeking excellence in haute horlogerie.
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