|Born in Switzerland in 1747, Abraham-Louis Breguet pursued his career in Paris. He
won fame as the creator of technical innovations, devising watches, clocks
and chronometers that launched modern watchmaking. The slender blue-steel
Breguet hands he designed, with their distinctive circles, have told the
time on Breguet watches for two centuries. In that time, they have become
symbols of Breguet’s craftsmanship.
After an exceptionally thorough apprenticeship, the young Breguet elected to settle in Paris. Before long, he was introduced at the royal court where he found some of his first patrons. His impressive gifts and growing reputation rapidly earned him the esteem of many of the crowned heads and leading figures of his day.
The fluted caseband of Breguet watches is the hallmark of a style that has fascinated the crowned heads of Europe since Abraham-Louis Breguet set up his business in 1775. He created the most complicated watch of the time for Marie-Antoinette, made timepieces for the Bonaparte family, the Tzar of Russia, the King of England and their peers. For them, Breguet watches represented the perfect synthesis of aesthetic and mechanical genius.
Breguet watches are subtly recognizable by the delicate engine-turned patterns of the dial—a virtuoso performance of symmetry and precision executed by hand. The detailed features of each watch proclaim the superb casework for which Breguet is renowned. The fluted caseband, the hands, dial, chain-bracelet and buckle, eloquently signify the essential values of the Breguet name—quality, elegance and distinction.
Breguet watches are mobile sculptures, created according to the eternal laws of time. Each dial is signed and each movement numbered, as is fitting for a masterpiece. And as with every work of art, the ingredients are patience, devotion and skill. Production is limited, because all the parts of every watch are finished and assembled by hand in the same way as they were made in the golden age of craftsmanship.
Breguet Watches at Ashford