Simple “timekeeping” watch featuring two styles, Breguet No 45

Simple “timekeeping” watch featuring two styles, Breguet No 45

Simple watch, new calibre, Breguet No 702

Simple watch, new calibre, Breguet No 702

Notebooks , A.-L. Breguet horological treatise project.

Notebooks , A.-L. Breguet horological treatise project.

A.-L. Breguet
How watchmaking conquered the world

Following on from the Louvre in 2009, the Swiss National Museum is devoting a retrospective to the art and life of Abraham-Louis Breguet. Through his inventions, this peerless technician made a masterful contribution to the advancement of horology.

A native of Switzerland, born in Neuchâtel in 1747 and established in Paris, he extended his commercial network to encompass the whole of Europe. His prestigious clients included Queen Marie-Antoinette, Tsar Alexander I, King George IV of England, and the Bonaparte family.

This prestigious exhibition brings together rare watches, clocks and measuring instruments, along with portraits, historical documents, patents and manuscripts covering the production period of A.-L. Breguet and his successors, from the last quarter of the 18th century through to the 1850s. The some 175 and one-of-a-kind creations on display come from the greatest European collections.

Presented in summer 2011 at the Château de Prangins – the French-speaking branch of the Swiss National Museum, located in an idyllic setting near Geneva on the shores of Lake Léman – this exceptional retrospective will then move on to the Swiss National Museum in Zurich in the autumn of this year.

This exhibition is placed under the patronage of Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter.


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