7 Milestone Breguet Watches, From 1801 to Today

Around the eve of Breguet’s initial U.S. exhibition, which opens in September in Bay Area, we showcase probably the most important Swiss Breguet watches, including the initial tourbillon watch and also the first perpetual calendar for that wrist.

1801: The Very First Tourbillon

Possessed of the analytical mind, Abraham-Louis Breguet understood that gravity interferes with the speed of the pocket watch once the watch is worn inside a vertical position. The littlest eccentricities in the heart of gravity from the balance and balance spring, in addition to various frictional associations, can result in acceleration or deceleration from the balance’s shake.


The most meticulous fine changes couldn’t entirely eliminate these eccentricities, so Breguet’s ideas switched to compensation. He mounted the total amount, the bal- once spring and also the escapement in the lightweight steel cage that rotated around its very own axis. Fractions of the second lost to deceleration, e.g., throughout the very first 1 / 2 of one minute, were obtained by corresponding acceleration throughout the other half from the minute. Breguet received a patent for his “regulator a Tourbillon,” because he named it, on June 26, 1801. The device’s public presentation adopted in the Paris Industrial Exposition in 1806.

1929: The Very First Perpetual Calendar Watch


Breguet completed his first perpetual calendar pocket watch in 1795. The calendar modified instantly to take into account several weeks of various measures as well as for leap many wouldn’t require manual setting until 2100.

The very first watch having a perpetual calendar – together with a moon-phase display – was created through the Breguet Company, and then possessed through the Brown family, around the eve from the Great Depression. The fine, hands-wound movement measured slightly less than 23 mm across, was outfitted with 18 jewels and – being an elaborate special feature – also incorporated concurrently jumping indications. The timepiece, carried out 1929, was built with a tonneau-formed, whitened-gold situation. On April 14, 1991, the Antiquorum ah in Geneva sold them back for 550,000 Swiss francs.


1954: The Kind XX Chronograph

Within the mid-twentieth century, underneath the possession from the Brown family, Breguet started making pilots’ chronographs with passed-time counters. (The Browns possessed Breguet from 1870 to 1970.) The organization ongoing to build up these special watches together with air carriers and plane producers.


Starting in 1954, three decades from the Type XX Chronograph were designed for France’s Center d’Essais en Vol, the military agency that grants new aircraft. The stop-watch took its origin from Breguet’s first watch chronograph, which in fact had first showed in 1935. Its distinguishing features were a rotating, easy-to-grasp bezel along with a flyback mechanism, which responds one push of the mouse by coming back the chronograph’s passed-seconds hands to zero and instantly restarting it. Breguet created similar instruments for that aircraft pilots from the French Air Pressure. The dial and hands specified for to become easily legible in most lighting conditions. The Kind XX contained the 14-ligne Quality 22, produced by Valjoux.


1988: The Tourbillon Watch

The movement maker Nouvelle Lemonier developed the very first watch tourbillon movement for Breguet within the mid-eighties. (Nouvelle Lemonier has become referred to as Manufacture Breguet. The Piece of fabric Group bought both Breguet logo and Nouvelle Lemonier in 1999 and folded the second in to the former.) The tourbillon within the 1312-ligne, hands-wound Quality 387 is situated at 6 o’clock. The total amount includes a frequency of 18,000 vph. The hour and minutes hands share an off-center dial at 12 o’clock. The company first showed a gold watch having a tourbillon in Basel in 1988, when Breguet was possessed by Investors. Another tourbillon model, Reference 3357BA/12/986, arrived on the scene in 1990. Nouvelle Lemonier also made the movement for your watch.


2005: The Tradition 7027

Quality 507DR was created for that watch lover who would like to see his watch’s movement at the office without needing to go ahead and take watch off his wrist. Nearly things are visible with the azure very right in front. The entire gear train, such as the screw balance and Breguet balance spring, is instantly visible. The dial, adorned with by hand applied guilloche? Is situated off center at 12 o’clock. The energy reserve is proven two times, around the watch’s back and front. The pivots from the balance staff are safe by an unconventional shock absorber that appears greatly like Abraham-Louis Breguet’s pare-chute device in the late 1700s. The total amount includes a frequency of 21,600 vph, as opposed to the more prevalent 28,800 vph, to really make it simpler to determine the wheel rotating backwards and forwards.

2011: The Hora Mundi 5717

Using the Hora Mundi 5717, Breguet released a world’s first: another-time-zone mechanism that allows the individual to toggle backwards and forwards between two time zones simply by pushing a control button. Doing this causes the hour hands, date, city and day/evening indicator (which sits between 3 and 4 o’clock and appears just like a moon-phase display) to maneuver concurrently to show the brand new information.


The date is proven within an arc-formed window at 12 o’clock. Underneath the window is really a rotating date disk. The present date is presented with a little circle in the tip of the hands. This hands comes with the date from left to through the arcing aperture because the day progresses. In the stroke of night time, the hands advances to its beginning position, where it encounters the numeral for that new day’s date.

The bottom movement is Quality 77FO, with a plastic escapement. The timepiece has four patents safeguarding its two-time-zone feature and it is date display. You will find three versions from the dial, one showing Europe and Africa, another South America, along with a third Asia and also the Gulf of Mexico.


2013: The Classique Chronométrie

The headline feature from the Classique Chronométrie 7727 is micro-magnets. You will find a couple of them, one out of each one of the end stones that offer the balance-staff pivots. The pivots relocate the area produced by these magnets. This nearly contact-free bearing enables the pivot to change laterally to ensure that hard blows may cause no damage. Additionally, it reduces friction, therefore growing precision. Based on Breguet, the timepiece includes a rate of -1/ 3 seconds each day.

Conventional balance springs would malfunction simply because they would become magnetized, therefore the springs within this watch – you will find a couple of them? Are manufactured from plastic, which cannot become magnetized. The lever and escape wheel are also available in plastic, which reduces friction and, since it is lightweight, minimizes the quantity of energy consumed through the oscillating and escapement system. The total amount, made from titanium, includes a frequency of 72,000 vph. (For additional around the Classique Chronométrie 7727, download “Breguet’s Magnetic Moment,” the coverage story from the April 2014 problem.)

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