10th January 1747 till 10th January 2019

Jan 12, 2019,04:02 AM

Two days ago it was 272 years since
the birthday of one of the best if not by many the best watchmaker of all times.
Yes the Abraham-Luis Breguet.
Born in Neuchatel, made his fame and died in Paris.
The list of his achievements is truly amazing.
Yes the tourbillon developed since 1795 patented in 1801 is the most famous one but along side this ingenious mean
to keep influence of gravity to movement and precision under control we also have:

1780 Improved the automatic winding mechanism.
1783 Invented the gong for repeater watches.
1793 Invented equation of time.
1790 Invented the pare-chute an anti-shock device.
1794 Invented a retrograde display mechanism.
1795 Invented the Sympathique clock, a master carriage clock which rewinds and sets to time a detachable pocket watch.
1799 Invented the montre a tact watch that could be read by feel in the pocket or the dark.
1802 Invented the echappement naturel, a double-escape wheeled chronometer escapement that needed no oil.

Mind boggling

but that's not all folks
some inventions carry his name even to this day:
- Breguet hands
- Breguet escapement
- Breguet numerals
- Breguet spiral

like all this isn't enough we have also Breguet doing for the first time:
engine-turned dials
caseband fluting
secret signature against fakes (yes there were watch fakers even then) smile
unique single number of a watch

Truly mesmerizing

And of course made one of most complicated watches for years and years
and one of most famous watches of all times both on level of complications, time & dexterity used to build it but also for his super exciting history to this days
ref 160 aka Marie-Antoinette watch comissioned in 1783 by count von Fersen an admirer and alleged lover of the French Queen. Sadly Mr Breguet never saw final version he died 4 years before and watch was finished by his son Antoine-Louis.

So dear friends please share your Breguets watches with us on this occasion.
Thanks in advance

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Fantastic post of one of the greatest ever in watch making history!

 By: crown comfort : January 12th, 2019-04:17
I don't have a Breguet to share though
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Neither do I but writing this post I wanna ine badly now :) [nt]

 By: Ares501 - Mr Green : January 12th, 2019-04:18
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Yep, a nice vintage Type XX or that lovely Enamel time-only... [nt]

 By: crown comfort : January 12th, 2019-04:21
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La Tradition in YG is my choice :);) [nt]

 By: Ares501 - Mr Green : January 12th, 2019-04:22
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With Pleasure ....Great Post BTW :)

 By: templetowers : January 12th, 2019-04:21
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Superb collection thanks for joining

 By: Ares501 - Mr Green : January 12th, 2019-04:22
Cheers D
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Great read and great Breguet collection [nt]

 By: Jurry : August 20th, 2019-03:34
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Aaah, Breguet...

 By: amanico : January 12th, 2019-04:24
My ex 1775: I would have never sold it if it was complete, with its solid platinum case back: And my good old companion, the Type XX Platinum Salmon. ...  
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Ahhhh...first one is pure class!

 By: Ares501 - Mr Green : January 12th, 2019-04:27
Second is not bad either . Cheers D
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 By: Alberti : January 12th, 2019-06:32
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 By: keks : August 19th, 2019-12:45
did it wear small for a 36mm or was lugs reasonably long? gorgeous piece!
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 By: keks : August 19th, 2019-22:06
It does look spectacular. How would you rate this against the Langematik Anniversary. Both limited edition platinum automatic white enamel dial pieces....
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Both are superb, but your Salmon dial XX is just stunning ! [nt]

 By: templetowers : January 12th, 2019-04:28
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Thanks, Templetowers! [nt]

 By: amanico : January 12th, 2019-06:09
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;) [nt]

 By: amanico : January 12th, 2019-06:57
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Great post, D.

 By: zabreg1 Mr White : January 12th, 2019-04:53
Here is my contribution: ...  
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Oh yes one of first watches from your amazing collection I got acquainted with

 By: Ares501 - Mr Green : January 12th, 2019-05:07
Cheers bro
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Yeah. But it has been gathering dust lately. [nt]

 By: zabreg1 Mr White : January 12th, 2019-05:53
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Just Beautiful ! And a perfect backdrop :) [nt]

 By: templetowers : January 12th, 2019-08:32
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Veni Vidi Vici, not just for Julius Caesar !

 By: maverickmahesh : January 12th, 2019-05:06
I hope for 275 yrs, Breguet release a special edition with classic propotions Best, mahesh.,
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There is always next one ;) [nt]

 By: Ares501 - Mr Green : January 12th, 2019-05:08
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The most sensuous watches in the universe

 By: Uncle Chico : January 12th, 2019-05:21
A third one is not too far off in the future. ...  
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Looking forward seeing 3rd one! [nt]

 By: Ares501 - Mr Green : January 12th, 2019-05:41
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Beautiful, great 2-watch pair of Breguets!

 By: Spangles - Mr. Tabby : January 12th, 2019-07:51
Definitely want to see the incoming third one!
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A wonderful Duo ! [nt]

 By: templetowers : January 12th, 2019-08:28
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272 years, i think they make a limited edition 000/272 this year!

 By: Walter2 : January 12th, 2019-06:44
Thanks for the nice post !
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My awesome Breguet

 By: pmh6000 : January 12th, 2019-08:51
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Very awesome! [nt]

 By: Spangles - Mr. Tabby : January 12th, 2019-09:32
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Thanks for joining

 By: Ares501 - Mr Green : January 12th, 2019-10:07
Cheers D
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From sunnier days, a Breguet

 By: Spangles - Mr. Tabby : January 12th, 2019-09:35
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Super cool [nt]

 By: pmh6000 : January 12th, 2019-09:39
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I miss sun as well...cool one [nt]

 By: Ares501 - Mr Green : January 12th, 2019-10:06
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Wonderful watch and great setting ! [nt]

 By: templetowers : January 12th, 2019-12:46
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An archive shot of a watch I’m very proud to own.

 By: BMR : January 12th, 2019-09:56
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Beautiful! [nt]

 By: Ares501 - Mr Green : January 12th, 2019-10:06
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A masterpiece. [nt]

 By: Spangles - Mr. Tabby : January 12th, 2019-10:21
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Another great post, D! :)

 By: blomman Mr Blue : January 13th, 2019-02:00
Happy Bday to Mr. Breguet! As for in the collection Breguet… I still don't have one - my first choice would be the first generation La Tradition in YG. Best Blomman
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Hehehe same choice ;) [nt]

 By: Ares501 - Mr Green : January 13th, 2019-02:36
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Great post! Thanks. Mine:

 By: dms : August 20th, 2019-01:03
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Some prefer the more vintage look of the YG....

 By: dms : August 20th, 2019-02:37
I like the modernity those many shades of grey bring to the watch. And the contrast between this modern finishing and the "tradition" of the subscription_watch-like movement is for a great re-interpretation of Breguet history and DNA. I'll add here that s... 
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I too prefer the 37 mm case. White Gold for me. [nt]

 By: amanico : August 20th, 2019-02:43
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Both are great. Silver is more secure, perhaps. [nt]

 By: amanico : August 20th, 2019-02:51
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