Historic Breguet Watches Go on Display
Even though he died in 1823, watchmakers and collectors still revere Abraham Louis Breguet as the father of the horological arts. It’s a tribute to both his eye for craftsmanship and his love for engineering that so many of his timeless original watches are still intact and in working condition. Now fans old and new can get a rare opportunity to view a collection of Breguet treasures in an upcoming exhibition.
“Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking” will be on exhibit at the Arts Museums of San Francisco from September 19, 2015 through January 10, 2016. That should give admirers of fine timepieces plenty of opportunities to truly appreciate these fine examples of the watchmaking art.
Each of the pieces on exhibit is an original work of art that required months, sometimes years, to complete using hand operated tools. Viewing these pocket watches, wristwatches and clocks is sure to give any aficionado of fine timepieces an even greater appreciation for the work of Abraham Louis Breguet.
Since Breguet created his clocks and watches for the very wealthy or royalty, he was able to use the finest materials and make every item a lasting one-of-a-kind masterpiece to be treasured forever.
Although Breguet’s founder is long gone, his name endures in the brand, which is now a part of the Swiss conglomerate The Swatch Group. The group’s late founder Nicolas Hayek Senior bought Breguet from a holding company and the acquisition has proven to be a fortuitous one for both. The Swatch Group has chosen to treat the Breguet brand as the rare jewel that it is rather than try to turn it into just another maker of modern watches.
This exhibit is a wonderful opportunity to be exposed to the art and engineering of Breguet as well as an unforgettable experience for lovers of fine timepieces.