Visit the Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking exhibition

Visit the Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking exhibition

A unique retrospective

Text: Vimidamini Haridasan

San Francisco plays host to antique timepieces in a Breguet exhibit

The largest exhibition in the United States by Breguet, is slated to run from 19 September to 10 January 2016. Presented to visitors at The California Palace of the Legion of Honour in San Francisco, Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking will see over 70 antique timepieces by the watch brand on display.

Showcasing the rich history and technical innovations that were ahead of its time, some of the watches at the exhibition were previously owned by the likes of Empress Josephine, the Queen of Naples, George IV of England and Tsar Alexander 1st of Russia. Alongside horological creation from the Art Deco period in the 1920s and 1930s, visitors will be able to revisit history, back to a time when the timepieces were created by Abraham Louis Breguet, the father of the modern repeating watch, and his successors.

Combining science, technology and the decorative arts in equal measure, the exhibition will be split into 15 different sections that feature numerous designs. For example: The first section of the exhibition showcases Subscription watches (that required a down payment upon placing an order); the sixth section displays Travel watches (that was even bought by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1798); and rounding off the exhibit, the final section houses Art Deco watches and clocks (that feature enamelled motifs which was the trend between the two World Wars). Thr Art Deco period also saw the brand develop chronographs for aviation and special timepieces for Bugatti automobiles.

For more information, visit Breguet.