A few weeks back I was invited to a dinner at Monards in Melbourne for watch elitists Breguet.
The event marked an occasion to introduce a historical perspective of Breguet’s ancient patrimony, the inspiration of its iconic watch collections and its celebrated patrons (Napoleon Bonaparte, Marie Antoinette, and Australia’s own, General Brisbane 1818, to name a few).
We were lucky enough to also meet Mr. Emmanuel Breguet, Vice President of the House, and now curator of the Breguet museum (Place Vendome, Paris). It was the first visit to Australia by Mr. Breguet, who is a direct descendant of The House’s founder A.-L. Breguet.
A historian by training specialized in the life and work of A.-L. Breguet, he is the author of the book “Breguet, Watchmaker Since 1775”.
During the dinner, Mr. Breguet narrated us through the history and accomplishments of the house. Being new to watches and horology, it was very interesting to hear they invented the first ever wrist watch in 1810.
But not only that, the self-winding watch (1780), Gong-spring (1783), Perpetual calendar (1795), Tourbillon (1801), Chronograph (1820), and over the last few years the magnetic strike governor and pivot (2010).
It was the first time I looked at an expensive watch and realized the value in it. Not only were their parts handmade, which isn’t different from other luxury watch brands but the attention to detail was on another level. the inventiveness of the brand itself shows great value.
One particular watch I was looking at, had a mother of pearl dial which was fluted by hand. The thought of someone having the patience to create such a design detail is above and beyond. This inventiveness of the brand itself shows great value.
Which brings me to ask the question, why are they not more famous among modern watch enthusiasts?