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A pocket watch that first sold in 1809 and was purchased by Breguet at auction for almost a million dollars

Jason Pitsch

Boasting a natural escapement, double subsidiary seconds, power reserve indicator, stop-seconds, fusee and chain tourbillon, and an absolutely scintillating gold guilloche regulator dial – this horologically magnificent Breguet pocket watch was sold to adventurer and writer Count Potocki in 1809 for 4,600 Francs. Fast forward to 2014, and Breguet bought the No. 1176 Montre garde-temps à tourbillon pocketwatch at auction from Christie’s in Geneva with the highest bid of 812,000 Swiss Francs (over $930,000 at 2014 exchange rates), plus fees. (The pocket watch is part of the permanent display at the Breguet Museum of Paris, located at Place Vendôme 75001). This is a truly historic piece as it was Abraham-Louis Breguet’s third tourbillon. Also making it the third tourbillon ever made, and possibly the second tourbillon Breguet ever finished, according to Eric Wind of Christie’s. It’s also worth noting that

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Bréguet Classique 7147 Hands-On

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Long renowned for producing luxurious, elegant, and highly complicated timepieces, particularly tourbillons, which the eponymous company founder, Abraham-Louis Breguet, invented – the manufacture Breguet is also very capable of producing uncomplicated masterpieces. Introducing the Bréguet Classique 7147, a simplistic, time-only, wristwatch, with a “Grand Feu” enamel dial that is essentially a complication in itself. Moreover, this enamel dial is especially unique because it has an offset “dimple” that delineates the small seconds from the main display, without any marking on the dial, whatsoever. In regards to producing the “Grand Feu” dial, here is what the Breguet says about the process, “It is based on a colorless vitreous mixture – called flux – composed of silicic acid, sodium borate, nitre, and minium. The flamboyant and ageless colors of enamel are achieved by adding metallic oxides to this combination. The result is

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Breguet Marine Équation Marchante 5887 Hands-On

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Breguet has a well-deserved position at the highest end of the watch industry. The reputation is based on an incredible history in watchmaking, starting with one of the greatest watchmakers of all-time – Abraham-Louis Breguet over two centuries ago – and continuing to this day. Moreover, the legendary Swiss watch company has continued to show their ability to design and manufacture highly collectible haut de gamme horological complications that few other watchmakers are capable of producing. At Baselworld 2017, Breguet has further solidified their status with the debut of the Marine Équation Marchante 5887, which elegantly presents the difference between mean solar time (civil/standard time) and true solar time (the actual solar time), using two minute hands. Despite the visual simplicity of the dial, it is the utter complexity of what is underneath the dial that is the true testament

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The History of the Breguet Type XX

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Overview Wristwatches have a rich history in aviation, and by the time World War II started (1939), soldiers and aviators used wristwatches – more than pocket watches – to calculate everything from flight time to artillery distances to longitude to troop movements. B-uhr, Navitimer & GMT Master In (1941), Lange & Sohne, who was the primary supplier of wristwatches to German combat pilots, could not deliver enough watches to fill the demand. So, the German government demanded five manufacturers to build B-uhr (“Beobachtungs-uhr” or “Pilot”) watches which were anti-magnetic, highly legible, and able to be chronometer certified. The five companies who produced the original pilot watches are IWC, Lange & Söhne, Laco, Wempe, and Stowa. 1911 Breguet biplane aeroplane Type R.U1 No.40. located at the Musée des Arts et Métiers, Paris Over a decade later, Breitling launched the Navitimer in

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Baselworld 2017: Breguet Tradition Dame 7038

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Well ahead of Baselworld 2017, which officially begins March 23rd, Swiss watchmaker Breguet has announced a new version of its Tradition Dame model. The Breguet Tradition Dame 7038 is presented in a 37 mm diameter 18K rose gold case that features a fluted caseband, a crown that is set with a watch movement ruby and welded lugs with screw bars. The entire case is polished and includes a bezel set with 68 brilliant-cut diamonds. As is the signature of the Tradition line, the haute horology movement is fully visible on the dial side. In the center, you can see the mainspring power barrel which is hand-engraved with a rosette motif. Overlapping the barrel at 12 o’clock is a natural white mother-of-pearl dial that is decorated with an engine turned “Clou de Paris” hobnailing pattern, and raised Arabic numerals. Rose gold

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Is the Breguet No. 5 Pocket Watch worth its asking price?

Jason Pitsch

You may have already read about the famous Breguet Marie-Antoinette pocket watch No. 160 (which was ordered in 1783 and completed in 1827). Or the Grand Complication pocket watch No. 1160 (essentially an exact replica of the original pocket watch, commissioned by the late Nicolas G. Hayek in 2005 and completed in 2009). However, around the same period (1794), another important Breguet pocket watch was also produced: Breguet No. 5. And so, like the Marie-Antoinette, Breguet recreated this pocket watch as well. Although, instead of a one-off replica, like the Marie-Antoinette, Breguet produced six pieces. And while the original No. 5 is part of Breguet’s museum collection (as is should be), and the first five replicas have already been purchased, there is still one No. 5 Pocket watch available for sale. Interestingly, I first saw the No. 5 replica in

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Breguet Type XXI 3817 Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

Abraham-Louis Breguet is well known for inventing the tourbillon, amongst many other watchmaking technologies. Less known, however, is that his great-great grandson, Louis Charles Breguet, carried on his family’s history of innovation, in not just watchmaking, but also in aviation. Louis Charles Breguet developed the gyroplane, the forerunner of the helicopter. He also developed the Breguet XIV plane in 1916. And according to Breguet, “between 1917 and 1926, around 8,000 of these legendary aircraft were acquired by an estimated fifteen countries. Other models followed, such as the Breguet 19, and later the Breguet Deux-Ponts (Double Deck).” In conjunction with the activities of Louis Charles Breguet and his aeronautical firm, the Breguet watch company developed chronograph mechanisms fitted on cockpit instrument panels and later began producing pilot’s watches. In 1935, Breguet developed their first wrist chronographs. By 1954, Breguet launched the

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Grand Complication pocket watch No. 1160

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Grand Complication pocket watch No. 1160 is a modern replica of the famous, so-called Marie-Antoinette pocket watch No. 160, commissioned by Nicolas G. Hayek – the late co-founder of the Swatch Group – in 2005. The masterpiece took 4 years to create, based only on pictures and descriptions of the original No. 160 pocket watch which at the time was lost, and eventually recovered in 2007. In 2008, two years before Hayek’s passing, it was completed and has naturally become a permanent part of Breguet’s museum collection ever since. Pocket watch No. 160/1160 is still amongst the most complicated in the world, which is incredible considering the time period in which it was designed and produced (ordered in 1783 and completed in 1827). Marie-Antoinette pocket watch, No. 1160, like the original No. 160, is a perpétuelle, or self-winding timepiece, which

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Breguet revolutionizes watchmaking again

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Awarded the distinguished “Aiguille d’Or” grand prize at the Geneva Grand Prix in 2014, the Breguet Classique Chronométrie 7727 movement could revolutionize modern watchmaking with its patented magnetic pivot system. Breguet introduced their first 10Hz (72,000 vph) movement in 2010, and has since introduced newer iterations such as this in 2013. Fast forward to 2014, and the Chronometrie 7727 is powered by Breguet’s very latest high-frequency movement. The new caliber 574DR movement is incredibly accurate, according to the manufacture, because the magnetic pivots allow Breguet to control the negative effects of magnetism in a watch, but also allows them to use the magnetic force to improve the pivoting, rotation and stability of the balance staff, thereby significantly improving the chronometry of the watch. Breguet’s patented magnetic pivot system The precision of the movement has been significantly increased because of the

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Breguet Type XXI 3813 for Only Watch

Breguet introduces the Type XXI 3813 in a unique platinum case for Only Watch, which takes place in Geneva on November 7, 2015. Apart from the case being platinum and a special inscription on the back, this is the same as a production version of the Type XXI timepiece with a 42 mm diameter case, delicately fluted caseband, bidirectional rotating bezel, screw down crown and 100 meters water-resistance. The dial is in matte slate grey with luminescent hands and hour markers, as well as a chapter ring with luminescent Arabic numerals. A day/night indicator sits 3 o’clock and a 12-hour counter and date aperture at 6 o’clock, with small seconds at 9 o’clock and a central minutes counter. Inside, is a self-winding chronograph movement with flyback function, numbered and signed Breguet. Cal. 584Q/1 with a frequency of 4Hz, 25 jewels

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