Brand Histories

1747 • Abraham-Louis Breguet born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

1775 • Abraham-Louis Breguet Abraham-Louis Breguet opened his own workshop on the Quai de l’Horloge on the Île de la Cité in Paris (France).

1780 • Invention of the watch known as the perpetual or automatic.

1782 • Abraham-Louis Breguet produced an automatic repeater watch with quarter repeater n° 2 10/82 for Marie-Antoinette Queen of France.

1783 • Invention of the ressort-timbre for repeater watches, design of the characteristic hands and numbers in Arabic (the so-called Breguet à pommes and Breguet figures).

1784 • Abraham-Louis Breguet officially recognized as Master Watchmaker.

1786 • Appearance of the BREGUET guilloche dial.

1789 • Invention of the Breguet pawl key and of natural escapement without oil.

1790 • Invention of the “Pare-Chute” shock-proofing.

1792 • Development of the Chappe optic telegraph mechanism.

1795 • First recorded description of the “Pendule Sympathique”, a matching clock and watch that were fitted together to synchronise them when winding. The perpetual calendar, Breguet Spiral and ruby cylinder also developed.

1796 • Invention of the idea of the Souscription watch.

Souscription Watch & Tact Watch

1798 • Abraham-Louis Breguet also invented the musical chronometer.

1799 • Invention of the Tact Watch.

1801 • Invention of the Tourbillon Regulator.

1807 • Antoine-Louis Breguet joined the company.

1810 • Creation of the first wristwatch in history, for the Queen of Naples, Caroline Murat, (sister of the Emperor Napoleon l).

1814 • Abraham-Louis Breguet became member of the Office of Longitudes.

1815 • Abraham-Louis Breguet became Horologer to the Royal Navy, entered Academy of Sciences and was awarded Legion of Honour by King Louis XVlll in person.

1815 • Creation of the double spring drum watch.

1819 • Eyepiece for astronomical telescope.

1820 • Double second watch, or observation chronometer, ancestor of the modern chronograph.

1823 • Abraham-Louis Breguet died, his son Antoine-Louis took up the torch.

1830 • First watch without key-driven winding mechanism.

1833 • Antoine-Louis Breguet passed the house on to his son, Louis-Clément, BREGUET, NEPHEW and Co. founded.

1870 • The house taken over by factory manager Edward Brown.

1939 • Sidereal timepiece.

1970 • Brand taken over by the brothers Pierre and Jacques Chaumet, Parisian jewellers.

1976 • Opening of new Breguet workshop in Brassus (Switzerland).

1987 • Breguet passed into the hands of the INVESTORS CORPORATION.
The brand moved into the South East Asian market and consolidated lasting growth.

1990 • Pendule Sympathique Wristwatch (see entry for 1795)

1991 • Wristwatch with perpetual equation of time.

1994 • Opening of new workshop in l’Abbaye.

1997 • Wristwatch with in-line perpetual calendar.

1998 • Smallest automatic chronograph movement in the world.

1999 • Horology Group BREGUET taken over by the SWATCH GROUP/SMH.

2002 • “Queen of Naples” mechanism for lunar phases patented.


2003 • Patented locking alarm function with column wheel system and alarm index to time zones (on Tzar’s Alarm).

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