Posts Categorized: Breguet

Breguet Type XXI 3817

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Many of us associate the name Breguet with watchmaking milestones, but fewer may be aware of its historic connection to the world of aviation. Louis Charles Breguet, great grandson of horology icon Abraham-Louis Breguet, was an aeronautical pioneer who developed the gyroplane (forerunner of today’s helicopters) as well as the storied Breguet XIV and Deux-Points […]

Hora Mundi Revisited: A New, Elegant Take on Breguet’s Groundbreaking World-Timer

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The original Breguet Hora Mundi rocked Baselworld in 2011 with its world-premiere instant time-zone jump display, with synchronized date, day/night and city indications. This year the Classique Hora Mundi 5727 is being reintroduced with the same groundbreaking Caliber 77F0 (based on Caliber 777 with an additional plate), but in a more classic, accessible case and […]

Video: Sound-Checking the Gongs in a Breguet Minute Repeater

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Since 2003, Breguet has instituted four major expansions of its Vallée de Joux workshops. In its newest wing, Breguet has organized its watchmakers into specialty groups, including one dedicated solely to minute repeaters. Minute repeaters are particularly demanding to assemble, as they call upon not only supreme watchmaking skills but artistic talent to tune the […]

Breguet Marine Chronographe “200 Ans de Marine”

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Abraham-Louis Breguet (who lived from 1747 to 1823) was one of the most important watchmakers of his day – and of all time. On October 27th, 1815, he was appointed to make chronometers for the French Royal Navy by King Louis XVIII. In those days (before GPS navigation), marine chronometers were crucial in determining the […]

Video: Jeff Kingston Explains the Tuning Process of a Breguet Minute Repeater

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Since 2003, Breguet has instituted four major expansions of its Vallée de Joux workshops. In this exclusive video, we take our cameras to the work benches where Breguet watchmakers produce the brand’s exceptional minute repeaters. Minute repeaters are particularly demanding to assemble, as they call upon not only supreme watchmaking skills but artistic talent to […]

A Rare Encounter with the Breguet No.5

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As you can probably imagine, writing about mechanical watches occasionally allows you to get in contact with some comparatively expensive models — which usually means a price tag somewhere between $200,000 and $400,000 — in extremely rare cases even up to $700,000. But almost never beyond that (if we are talking about watches not sold […]

Preview: 3 Antique Watches from “Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking” Museum Exhibit

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Beginning September 19, 2015, the Legion of Honor at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will host “Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking,” an exhibit comprising the largest collection of antique Breguet timepieces ever shown in the Americas. Here’s a look at three of the historic pieces that will be on display. “Breguet: Art […]

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy: Breguet Type XX

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Some of my favorite watches are the pieces that most people don’t necessarily associate with a particular brand. It’s the reason why I often prefer vintage (think original IWC Portugieser or ’60s Heuer Carreras), and it’s a large contributing factor in why the modern Grand Seiko line has become one of my favorite contemporary collections. […]