Established in 1775 Breguet watches include such masterpieces as the Breguet Type XX, Breguet Classique and Breguet Tourbillon. Breguet luxury watches have a rich tradition in mechanical watches such as Breguet Chronograph and Equation of Time and Perpetual Calendars. Breguet watches for men and Breguet watches for women today offer some of the most innovative luxury timepieces available today.
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Brand Review: Breguet Watches
Breguet is one of the most prestigious brands in the world of luxury watches. Breguet has always had a fascinating ability to innovate as a brand that represents a great historical and cultural heritage and advanced technology. In the European cultural history, it owes its place to his remarkably innovative creator Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823) and his remarkably skillful master watchmakers of the day and his status as a reference point in the fine watchmaking industry.
Breguet Watches: History and Development
1801: The First Tourbillon released
Abraham-Louis Breguet possessed of an analytical mind and realized that the rate of a pocket watch is disrupted by gravity when the watch is worn upright. The smallest eccentricities in the balance and balance spring center of gravity can contribute, as well as to specific frictional connections, to the oscillation of balance acceleration and deceleration.
Even those eccentricities could not be eliminated by the most meticulous fine adjustments, so Breguet’s thinking turned to compensation. In a lightweight steel cage that was spinning around its axis, it placed the balance spring and escapement. Fractions of a second lost during the first half of a minute, for instance, were recovered during the second half of the minute with a corresponding acceleration. The patent for his "régulateur à tourbillon," as he called it, was received by Breguet on June 26, 1801. The public presentation of the device followed in 1806 at the Paris Industrial Exhibition.
1929: Wristwatch Of The First Perpetual Calendar
The first-ever pocket watch calendar was published in 1795 by Breguet. The calendar automatically adjusted to take into account months of different lengths and years and was to be manually changed only until 2100.
On the eve of the Great Depression, Breguet, then owned by the Brown family, created the first watch with a perpetual calendar along with a view of a phase of the moon. The small, hand-wound movement measured in diameter slightly below 23 mm was equipped with 18 jewels and also included jumping indications as a comprehensive special feature. The watch was finished in 1929 and had a white-gold case in the shape of a tonneau. On 14 April 1991, 550,000 Swiss francs were auctioned off by the Geneva Antiquorum Auction House.
Breguet started making pilot chronographs with elapsed counters in the mid-20th century, under the influence of the Brown family. (Breguet operated the Browns from 1870-170.) In collaboration with airlines and aircraft manufacturers, the firm continued to develop such unique watches.
At the beginning of 1954 for the French military agency Centre d'Essais en Vol that approves new aircraft, three generations of a Type XX Chronograph were built. Breguet's first wristwatch chronograph was used to support the stopwatch which was first released in 1935. The characteristics of its were a rotating, easy-to-grab bezel and a flyback mechanism, which reacts to a single press of a button by reverting to zero and restarting the hand of the chronograph's elapsed seconds. For the French Air Force pilots, Breguet produced similar devices. In every lighting setting, the dial and hands were built to be visible. The 14-ligne caliber 22 from Valjoux was used in model XX.
1988: Production Of The Tourbillon Wristwatch
In the mid-1980s the first wristwatch tourbillon for Breguet was developed by Movement Maker Nouvelle Lémania. The Swatch Group purchased both Breguet Brand and Nouvelle Lémania in 1999 and merged them into the latter. The 131⁄2 line, hand-wound caliber 387 tourbillon is located at 6 o'clock. (Nouvelle Lémania was now recognized as Manufacture Breguet). The ratio is 18,000 vph frequency rates. The hands are shared by the hour and minutes at 12 o'clock. In 1988, when Breguet belonged to Investcorp, the brand first started a Gold wristwatch with a tourbillon in Basel. Reference 3357BA/12/986, which is a second tourbillon model, was released in 1990. Nouvelle Lémania created this watch's movement too.
2005: Production Of The Tradition 7027 Watch
Caliber 507DR has been designed for watch enthusiasts who want to see the motion of their watch at work without having to remove the watch. Most of the sapphire crystal on the front is clear. The entire gear train is readily visible, including the screw balance and Breguet balance spring. The dial is set at 12 o'clock off the center embellished with a crafted guilloché. On and back of the watch, the power reserve is shown twice. An unconventional shock absorber which looks much like the equipment of Abraham-Louis Breguet, dating back to the late 18th century, protects the pivots of the balance staff. The balance has a frequency output of 21,600 vph, instead of the usual 28,800 vph, so the wheel rotating back and forth easier to see.
The Hora Mundi 5717 In The Year 2011
With the Hora Mundi 5717, Breguet launched the first world: a second time zone system, which requires the user to press a button to switch back and forth between two time zones. It triggers the time hand, day, town and day/night view to shift simultaneously to show the new information (which is positioned between 3 and 4 o'clock and appears like a moon-phase display. The date is displayed in a 12 o'clock arc-like window. The rotating date disk is located below the window. A small circle at the end of a hand encapsulates the current date. The date from left to right is accompanied by the arc opening as the day progresses. Around midnight the handsprings back to the point of exit, where the estimate for the new day is located. The base movement is a silicone escapement of Caliber 77FO. The watch is protected from its two-time zone and date display by four patents. The dial has three different versions, one with Europe and Africa, one with America, and one with Asia and the Pacific.
The Classique Chronométrie In 2013
The Classique Chronométrie 7727 has a headline characteristic of micro magnets. Two of them exist, one in each of the terminals supporting the balance pivots. Such magnets shift the pivots in the field. It allows the pivot to shift sideways so that hard blows can not cause any damage. It also decreases pressure and thus improves precision. The watch is-1/+3 seconds per day according to Breguet. Conventional balance mechanism can malfunction because it is magnetized, so the springs in this watch–two of them − are made of silicon that is difficult to magnetize. The lever and escape wheel has silicon that reduces resistance and reduces the energy consumption of the oscillating and escapement mechanism because it is lightweight. The equilibrium composed of titanium is 72,000 vph in frequency.
Is Breguet Type XX the best chrono made?
The most interesting collection from Breguet is the Type XX, a line starts in the 1950s as a French military watch for aviators. A collection for many vintage wristwatch enthusiasts. Breguet Type XX is still one of the most popular collections in the company and its sports line along with the nautical influenced Breguet Marine. Now we have a unique Breguet Type XX produced. This watch was a buzz since the first announcements of the Only Watch lots in the summer were made. And rightly so, it's awesome. But there's more to it than just that.
The look at the watch is classified as the military Breguet type XX, not the civilian Breguet type XX, a differentiation that makes a significant difference between the watches that the French army provides to the commercial pieces for sale to the public. In reality, Breguet Type XX is for good reason on the public market, but style, size and even movement (Valjoux 235 vintage) are references to the initial military Breguet type XX of the 1950s, and Breguet fittingly removes the normal Roman numerals to the military sobriquet. This is meaningful.
The Breguet Type XX Breguet for Only Watch may be the platonic ideal of a pilot's vintage watch in the 1950s. The balanced bi-compax structure is legible, the compact case is impressively wearable with the crown and pushers are well-suited to that circumstance. Although the tropical tones and hands and numerals of there an unmistakable case in which a watchmaker uses fauxtina, and in great effect.
The luminous numerals tend to be luminous–pillowy. And the hands formed by the obelisk are well understood. Historically, the Onion crown has a great look, and it spins and sets the chronograph that is manually wounded When you see a traditional pilot's watch with such a crown, the watch is in so many times a match, but that is certainly not the case with this Breguet Type XX 38.3 mmx 13.9 mm.
While modern Breguet Type XX watches will use an automatic chronograph caliber in Breguet and show it visually, Breguet went in a different way to comply with the first type 20s and to keep the time correct. The movement consists of a 13-ligne column-wheel chronograph with a rate of 18000 vph, created by one of the most significant chronograph experts in Switzerland, None other than Valjoux. This old quality is good, and it could be very well seen through a case back. You cannot, though, because Breguet kept its back closed in a quite comprehensible move to retain the original design of a major vintage watch.
What About Breguet Marine Watches?
Titanium offers resilience to salty air and corrosion that is especially useful to anyone in a marine environment and guarantees lightweight and durable watch. The craftsmen applied their expertise to model the titanium bracelet for each of its ties with a satin polished finish. Such a watchmaking finish allows the craftsmen to practice their crafts completely to obtain beautifully homogeneous micro-grooving. Its case is rubbed with satin, while the bezel is polished producing various light effects and slight contrasts.
Most aspects of the set have originated from the seafaring, reminiscent of Abraham Louis Breguet's reputation as a chronometer creator for the French Navy. The counterweight of the second-hand carries the maritime signal flag which refers to the original Breguet. The sunburst slate-gray dial contrasts with the polished and faceted open-tipped hands of both the white counter numerals and the Breguet. For night use, the exposed tips of the hands are covered by a luminescent coating and the five-minute labeling above the polished Roman numerals.
Breguet uses self-winding calibers, which are accurately tested in six different positions, in its constant quest for reliability. The Breguet Marine 5517 with a date displayed fits the caliber 777A, the Breguet Marine Chronograph 5527 is supplied with 582QA and the Breguet Marine alarm 5547 combines an alarm function, a second-time zone view, and a date.
The case back of the sapphire-crystal displays the finishes of the movement popular in the marine collection to all calibers. In the caliber bars, a ship's deck boards were retrieved on the coast of Genève, strengthened by the guilloche model. On the gold rotor is the design of a rudder. Every caliber is individually numbered and Breguet signed. The words "Horloger de la Marine" are eventually written on the case back.
Are There Breguet Watches For Ladies?
The Reine de Naples is the cornerstone of women's watch of Breguet for those of you who don't know. This is a commonly recognized product as a first developed wristwatch, first produced for Caroline Murat, born in Bonaparte, the Queen of Naples, in 1812. In this series, Breguet continued to expand and this year is no different. The 8918 and 8967 were produced as two variants of the ovoid-shaped ladies' watch.
We have 8967, which steps towards the lighter Reine de Naples edition. With a white, ovoid gold case of 43 mm x 34,95 mm, this version is slightly bigger than the 8919. This illustration has a flat bezel that resembles a coin's edge with the quintessential Breguet fluted case band. The crown is a white gold-facing crown at the 4 o'clock. But the big thing is the lacquered dial about this watch.
The 8967 is new and unique thanks not to the size of the case but of the lacquered dial. On this watch, the combination of dark blue and turquoise is perfect. The numerals are again the long Arabic digits, but only two are available-12 and 6-unlike 8918. These are more attractive for the eye overall because the balance is there and the colors of the dial can shine.