Breguet Marine



2015-06-26 10:06:33

Image: Christie's BREGUET HORLOGER DE MARINE "CHRONOGRAPH AUTOMATIQUE MARINE". Made in 1990s. Self winding, water resistant, 18k gold, round button chronograph, registers, date. 18k gold Breguet clasp. Price (2004): $8,000 Price (2014): $11,000 Increase (%): 38% Increase (% per annum):3.24% The Picollecta Rare Watch Index tracks the value of popular collectible watches that are regularly traded around the world, using analysis of auctions and private sales, in addition to expert opinion. Values shown are reflective of a very good/excellent condition examples – unless otherwise stated. Breguet Breguet was originally formed in Paris by renowned watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1775, making it one of the oldest surviving watchmaking firms in the world. Since 1975, the company has operated in the Vallee de Joux in Switzerland. The firm is famous for its contribution to watchmaking, pioneering new techniques and technologies such as the tourbillion. It is also known as a maker of one of the earliest wristwatches in 1810. Breguet is famed for having provided watches to the court of King Louis XVI, with Queen Marie-Antoinette enthralled with the company's unique self-winding watch. The watch she commissioned, known as the Marie-Antoinette and now lost, contained every watch function of the time and would today be among the most valuable in the world. Its distinctive watches can be discerned by their coin edge cases, guilloche dials and recognisable pomme hands, also known as Breguet hands. The company was passed down through Breguet's family, before noted English watchmaker Edward Brown became owner following Breguet's grandson's death. Breguet was acquired by the Swatch Group, which also incorporates Blancpain, Longines and Tissot among others, in 1999. Today, the company produces around 17,000+ watches each year. Marine The Breguet Marine takes its name from Abraham-Louis Breguet's contract to supply the French navy with marine chronometers in the 19th century. Inspired by this rich heritage, it features a reinforced case and a protected crown while retaining a classic style. There are five styles in the Marine line: chronographs, tourbillons, automatics, ladies and royal.
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