Historic Horology: A look at Breguet’s storied past and modern triumphs

The latest edition of Breguet, Watchmakers since 1775 has just hit the shelves. Author and historian Emmanuel Breguet – a direct descendant of the company’s founder – announced the book release at an intimate event in Hong Kong last week.

The original tome was published in 1997 and gained such popularity among horology enthusiasts that it quickly sold out. Now watch lovers have a second chance to get their own copy.

The well-illustrated watch book allows readers an intimate peek at the life of founder Abraham-Louis Breguet. It also traces the French brand’s extraordinary rise from humble beginnings to royal watchmakers to its current international success. The latest edition also covers new acquisitions to the Breguet Museum and developments that have occurred since the last publication.

Mr Breguet also treated guests to a rare display of early 19th century antique timepieces. Each item boasted a rich provenance and was brought in from the Breguet Museum just for the occasion.

The new book – whose full title is Breguet. Watchmakers since 1775. The life and legacy of Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823) – is now available at all Breguet boutiques worldwide.

Text: Tenzing Thondup