Breguet watches in the service of precision
In 1795, Abraham-Louis Breguet added a specially shaped spring to the balance of his watch movements. It was the birth of the Breguet hairspring, which is still used to this day not only by Breguet but by numerous other well-known brands. The introduction of this small but ingenious component led to vast improvements in accuracy. Various other balance spring refinements have appeared over the years, most notably by Édouard Phillips and Gustav Gerstenberger, but in the long term the Breguet spiral has remained the most enduring of them all.
Then in 1801, Breguet received a patent for one of his most famous inventions – the tourbillon. This is a rotating cage which counteracts the effects of gravity on watch mechanism, delivering optimum accuracy. It's still one of the most intricate complications ever devised, and Breguet tourbillon watches are stunning examples of this watchmaker's genius.