Looking back to the historic Breguet watchmaking firm
The Breguet brand has a long, fascinating history. Abraham Louis Breguet founded the Montres Breguet watch workshop nealy 250 years ago in 1775. For a long time the company was based in Paris, but today you'll find it in the Vallée de Joux in Switzerland.
In 1780 Breguet pioneered the use of an automatic winding mechanism that worked with the help of a flywheel. This was a major breakthrough, and another followed in 1783 when he developed an integrated chimer spring to sound out the hours. Just a few years later, in 1790, Breguet astonished his fellow watchmakers with the “pare-chute”, a forerunner of modern shock protection devices.
In 1801, the company received a patent from the French Ministry of the Interior for inventing the tourbillon, which even today ranks as one of the most elegantly complex watch complications ever conceived. Last but not least, Breguet was one of the pioneers of wristwatches, creating a timepiece for the wrist of Caroline Murat, the Queen of Naples, in 1810.