Breguet

The innovative horologist Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747–1823) and his son, Antoine-Louis Breguet (1776–1858) created, at the end of the eighteenth and beginning of the nineteenth century, highly accurate movements set in sober and elegant cases. Writing in 1982, Winthrop Kellogg Edey described the elder Breguet as “a phenomenon without parallel. He was the genius of his age, perhaps the most outstanding horologist of all time.” Indeed, Breguet’s combination of technical skill, refined design, and exquisite craftsmanship gave him an unrivaled reputation. His patrons included Louis XVI, Napoleon, and most of the civil servants and political leaders of his day.

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Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747–1823)
Antoine-Louis Breguet (1776–1858)
Gold and Silver Double-Dial Desk Watch Showing
Decimal and Traditional Time

Paris, c. 1795–after 1807
gold and enamel, gilt brass, brass, and steel
2 7/8 x 2 7/8 x 13/16 in. (7.3 x 7.3 x 2 cm) 
Bequest of Winthrop Kellogg Edey, 1999
Accession number: 1999.5.154 

Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747–1823)
Antoine-Louis Breguet (1776–1858)
Gold Pocket Watch with Tourbillon
Paris, c. 1820
gold, gilt-brass, and steel
3 1/8 x 2 5/16 x 2 5/8 in. (8 x 5.9 x 6.7 cm)
Bequest of Winthrop Kellogg Edey, 1999
Accession number: 1999.6.28

Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747–1823)
Antoine-Louis Breguet (1776–1858)
Gilt-Bronze Carriage Clock with Calendar
Paris, 1811
Dial engraved: “BREGUET ET FILS NO. 2678”
H.: 4 ¾ in (12.4 cm)
Bequest of Winthrop Kellogg Edey, 1999
Accession number: 1999.5.152