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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