Wempe Watch Blog

Wempe Watch Blog
2015-09-22
Legion of Honor (1)

Any plans to head to The Golden Gate City? If so, here's some great news. Breguet has opened the largest historical exhibition of its timepieces ever to be seen in America — at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The exhibit opened on the 19th and will run into January 2016.

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The exhibit will takes place at the stunning California Palace of the Legion of Honor and consists of top timepieces, including clocks, pocket watches and objects of art. Special emphasis is placed on the areas in which Breguet excelled — innovation and art.

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Abraham-Louis Breguet is widely considered one of the greatest watchmakers of all time. Born in Neuchâtel in 1747, he set up his own business in Paris in 1775, where he revolutionized horology on both technical and aesthetic levels. He succeeded in making himself known in many countries and cultivated ties with the greatest personalities of his era.

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The exhibition aims to deal with Breguet’s lifework by themes, ranging from the simplest watches (models with a single hand) to the most complicated (those providing multiple indications), and from purely scientific objects (marine chronometers) to exquisitely refined decorative clocks (such as those with bronzes by Thomire).

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Each theme and each invention is explained in the most easily understandable way. Visitors will be able to grasp the meaning of a so-called pepétuelle watch, a “tourbillon” regulator, a subscription watch, a tact watch, a minute repeater watch, and more.

Abraham-Louis Breguet