Giving & Receiving: Essays & Fantasies: Breguet

Nov 19, 2023,14:51 PM

In books, articles etc. regarding Breguet it seems de rigueur if not cliché to mention the sundry appearances of Breguet in literature (Stendhal, Pushkin, Thackeray etc.) but only once in a blue-moon is the lesser-known E. V. Lucas (1868-1938) mentioned. In Lucas’ 1922 book “Giving & Receiving: Essays & Fantasies” there is a charming essay entitled “Breguet”. My favorite sentence is found on page 66…

"By this time I was an enthusiast, while a deep distaste for my own watch gradually possessed me. And then I heard of a Breguet for sale…"

I can only speak for myself but I don’t think modern Breguets engender such emotion whereas an A.-L. Breguet has a je ne sais quoi, modern Breguet’s have a je ne sais blah.

For readers not acquainted with the essay I hope the story though not Victor Hugo or Balzac is a pleasant respite.

Note: the book is in the public domain.

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Ain’t it the truth +++

 By: j.jota : November 19th, 2023-16:10
“To carry a fine Breguet watch is to feel that you have the brains of a genius in your pocket."