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Breguet

Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747–1823) is known as the “father of modern horology.” The Swiss horologist is responsible for the creation of many clock and watch innovations that are still used in timepieces today, including the self-winding watch, the tourbillon movement, the perpetual calendar, a shock absorption system and the first wristwatch.

Born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, Breguet was introduced to watchmaking through his stepfather, watchmaker Joseph Tattet. As a teenager, he traveled to Versailles to apprentice under a master watchmaker. In 1775, he opened his own workshop on the Quai de l’Horloge in Paris. He was soon crafting timepieces for the French court, including Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, who purchased several Breguet designs. In 1783, one of her guards (and an ardent admirer) commissioned Breguet to design a gift for the Queen, asking him to develop the world’s most complicated timepiece. It would take 44 years to complete, and was finished by Breguet’s workshop in 1827, four years after his own death and 34 years after Marie Antoinette was executed. The Breguet No. 160 pocket watch, as Breguet’s 160th watch was officially called, is now in the Museum for Islamic Art in Jerusalem and was the subject of an infamous 1983 theft before it was recovered in 2006. Breguet now sells a reproduction of what is still the fifth most complicated watch in the world.

With a high quality of craftsmanship and meticulous design, as well as an ease of use and portability, Breguet watches have remained popular across the decades. Plenty of royals, politicians and virtuosos have acquired their own Breguet timepieces, including Queen Victoria, Napoléon Bonaparte, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Ettore Bugatti and Sir Winston Churchill.

The house of Breguet is still in operation today with an enduring commitment to technical innovation in personal timekeeping. It was run by members of the Breguet family through 1870, after which it was sold to English watchmaker Edward Brown, whose family managed it for the next century. In 1970, the company changed hands to the French Chaumet family, and in 1999, it was acquired by the Swiss Swatch Group.

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Average Sold Price
$14,831
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Breguet Reine De Naples 8968 18k Gold Watch
By Breguet
Located in Miami, FL
Brand: Breguet Model: Reine de Naples Movement: Automatic Case Size: 34.95 x 43 mm Dial: Gray Bezel: 18k Rose Gold Case Material: 18k Rose Band Material: Black Leather Cr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Breguet

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Breguet Type XX Aeronvale Steel Black Dial Automatic Men's Watch 3800ST/92/9W6
By Breguet
Located in New York, NY
This watch is preowned with some minor signs of previous wear on the leather strap. Original Box and Papers are not included comes with a Chronostore presentation box and authenticit...
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2010s Breguet

Breguet 18 Karat Gold Classique Retrograde Seconds Power Reserve 5207BA/12/9V6
By Breguet
Located in London, GB
An 18k Yellow Gold Classique Gents Wristwatch, silvered gold dial hand engraved on a rose engine, an off-centred chapter ring with roman numerals, retrograde seconds at 6 0'clock, po...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Breguet

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Breguet Classique 18K Yellow Gold Silver Dial Mens Watch 5177 Tag
By Breguet
Located in Atlanta, GA
Breguet Classique 18K Yellow Gold Silver Dial Mens Watch 5177 Tag. Automatic self-winding movement. 18K yellow gold coined edged case 38.0 mm in diameter. Transparent case back. 18k ...
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2010s Breguet

Breguet Classique Perpetual Calendar 3617 18k Yellow Gold Men's Watch
By Breguet
Located in New York, NY
Breguet Classique Perpetual Calendar 3617 men's watch. 38MM 18K yellow gold case with 18K yellow gold smooth bezel. Silver dial with blue hands and Roman numeral hour marker. Subdial...
Category

Early 2000s Breguet

Materials

Yellow Gold

Breguet Paris Antique Gold Pearl Enamel Diamond Pocket Watch
By Breguet
Located in New York, NY
Antique Breguet Paris 18k gold pocket watch, featuring blue enamel decorated case, set with pearls and rose cut diamonds. Porcelain dial, key wind mechanical movement. Minor scratche...
Category

19th Century Antique Breguet

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, Gold, Enamel

Breguet Classique 18K Yellow Gold Silver Dial Mens Watch 3910BA
By Breguet
Located in Atlanta, GA
Breguet Classique 18K Yellow Gold Silver Dial Mens Watch 3910BA. Manual winding movement. Stainless steel coined edged case 34.0 mm in diameter. 18k yellow gold bezel. Scratch resist...
Category

2010s Breguet

Breguet Classique Grande Complication Tourbillon 3357BR/12/986
By Breguet
Located in London, GB
A 35 mm rose gold Classique Grande Complication Tourbillon from Breguet. Features a silvered gold guilloche dial, hand-engraved on a rose engine, featuring blued steel Breguet hands ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Breguet

Materials

18k Gold, Rose Gold, Yellow Gold

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Breguet jewelry & watches for sale on 1stDibs

Find a range of Breguet watches & jewelry available on 1stDibs. These unique items were designed with extraordinary care, often using gold. While searching for the most stylish antique or vintage Breguet jewelry to pair with your ensemble, you’ll find that Breguet diamond jewelry & watches can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look, from our inventory of 5. This collection has 55 pieces as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. Among the most popular styles of Breguet jewelry and watches available on 1stDibs are diamond and pearl. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 21st Century and Contemporary. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider jewelry & watches by Hublot, Franck Muller and Corum. Prices for Breguet watches and jewelry can vary depending upon gemstone, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $2,500 and tops out at $88,800, while pieces like these can sell for $15,846 on average.