If Breguet is special to the fine watches enthusiasts, it is because its founder, Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823), set the standard of fine watchmaking. Ever since he opened his Paris workshop in 1775, he is responsible for some of the most important horological inventions, such as the tourbillon complication. His heirs at Breguet keep on making each watch as a model of supreme horological art.
Breguet’s creativity and ingenuity have not dwindled over time, but have on the contrary steadily increased: witness the fact that since 1999 the list of patents registered during this recent period is now considerably longer than that of the founder’s inventions.
The House of Breguet is one of the few to have developed internal workshops for engraving, anglage, enameling, and guillochage. This represents a significant deployment of skills at the Breguet Manufacture located in the Swiss Valley de Joux region, where the artisans continue to make unique works of art. This concern for aesthetics dates back to the very beginnings of the House of Breguet. Abraham-Louis Breguet himself, for example, was the first to introduce guillochage to watchmaking in 1786.