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.
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.
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.
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).