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Brief information and technical specifications:

About Breguet:

In 1775 Abraham-Louis Breguet founded Breguet in Paris. It’s one of the oldest luxury watch manufacturers in the world. Breguet himsef was born in Neuchâtel Switzerland but he spent most of his productive life in Paris. The origins of the Breguet brand should therefore be considered to be Swiss and French.

Breguet is consistently ranked among the top 10 luxury watch brands, and in similarity to Blancpain, Jaeger LeCoultre, and the “Holy Trinity” of watch brands (Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet), Breguet too is an extreme luxury watch brand, which honors the old and venerable Swiss tradition of handmade luxury wristwatches.

Breguet is nowadays a subsidiary of the Swiss Swatch Group and the timepieces are produced in Vallée de Joux in Switzerland.

Breguet is one of the most innovative brands of the world. Breguet invented the first self-winding watch in 1780, the tourbillon (in 1801) – a mechanical device which counteracts the Earth’s gravity’s effect on the movement’s accuracy and reliability, and in 1810, Breguet developed the first wristwatch ever. The wristwatch was ordered by the Queen of Naples – Caroline Murat. The wristwatch was completed in 1812.

Breguet became a popular and coveted luxury watch brand among the diplomatic, military, scientfic and financial elites of the 19th and 20th century.

Breguet uses highly advanced equipment and computers to manufacture the components of Breguet’s movements but relies on master watchmakers and artisans to assemble the movements and the Breguet timepieces by hand.

Just like in the old days of watchmaking, Breguet insists that a watch must be assembled by hand by a master watchmaker.

What truly characterizes Breguet is the unique combination of innovation, and the mixture of aesthetics and mechanical constraints. Breguet usually uses highly complicated in-house movements and place them in cases with a classic design.

Famous wearers and patrons of the Breguet brand are Queen of France Marie Antoinette, Napoléon Bonaparte, Prince of Benevento Talleyrand, Empress Josephine, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire – Selim III, Queen of Naples Caroline Murat, Tsar Alexander I of Russia, Michel Ney – Marshal of France, Count Axel von Fersen, Sir Winston Churchill – Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and Arthur Rubinstein.

Movements:

  • Breguet automatic movement 517GG, with 35 jewels.
  • Breguet automatic movement 519 R, with 30 jewels. This movement is equipped with an alarm and a power reserve indicator.
  • Breguet automatic movement 583 Q/1, with 24 jewels. This movement is equipped with a separate second hand, and a chronograph.
  • Breguet automatic movement 554.3, with 28 jewels. This movement is equipped with a tourbillon, a separate second hand, and a chronograph.

Date Function:

  • Yes.

Functions:

  • Some models are equipped with a chronograph. It depends on the model.

Case Material:

The most commonly used materials are:

  • Stainless steel.
  • Yellow gold.
  • 18 carat rose gold.
  • 18 carat white gold.

Case Dimension:

D = Diameter. TH = Thickness:

  • D: 39mm.
  • D: 42mm (most common size).
  • D: 45mm.

Case Back:

  • Exhibition case back/sapphire crystal case back.

Bezel:

  • Most models have a fixed bezel. Only a few models have a unidirectional bezel.

Crystal:

  • Sapphire crystal.

Strap Materials:

  • Black rubber straps.

Clasp:

  • Deployment buckle.

Water Resistance:

  • Depends on the model. Most of the watches in this collection have a 100 meter/330 feet water resistance, while other models actually have a 300 meter/1000 feet water resistance.

Watches with a 100 meter/330 feet depth rating are suitable for swimming and snorkeling but not diving, while watches with a 300 meter/1000 feet depth rating are absolutely suitable for diving.


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