Watch enthusiasts of every stripe have much to relish at “Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking,” a wide-ranging exhibit of Abraham-Louis Breguet’s work that opens this Saturday at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. Painstakingly organized by The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco with deeply detailed assistance from Montres Breguet, the exhibition includes almost eighty pocket watches, clocks and marine chronometers that in sum detail the technological breakthroughs that earned Breguet the title “father of modern horology.”
We have gathered the final selection of impressive watches up for bid during the Nov. 7 Only Watch auction in Geneva. Each piece in the full collection of forty-four one-of-a-kind watches donated from prestigious watch houses will be ready for the highest bidders. This is an incredible opportunity to bid on unique watches while supporting a worthwhile cause. The auction has been organized this year by Aurel Bacs and Phillips Auctions, the Association Monégasque Contre les Myopathies (AMM) and the Monaco Yacht Show, along with all the participating watch brands, to support the Monaco Association Against Muscular Dystrophy’s mission to fund research for neuromuscular diseases and Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Breguet will display the largest collection of its timepieces ever seen in the Americas this Sept. through Jan. at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Set for display starting this September 19 through January 10, 2016, at the special exhibition galleries, Rosekrans Court at the Legion of Honor, “Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking” will explore the history of watch and clock maker Abraham-Louis Breguet. Breguet’s innovations transformed the nature of personal timekeeping, and the exhibition will include displays describing the technology that earned him the title “father of modern horology.”
In case you missed the opportunity last year, today is another chance to help Breguet celebrate the tourbillon, since on this day in 1801, Abraham-Louis Breguet patented the device and thereby changed mechanical watchmaking forever. Now, over two centuries later, the tourbillon, which takes its name from the French word for “whirlwind,” is still revered as a one of watchmaking’s most useful and best-loved inventions. And just in case you’re in the vicinity, parties will be held at Breguet watch boutiques around the globe on this special day.