If you’re into watches like we are, then you’ll want to check this out. The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are showcasing one of the finest watch collections on the planet for the world renowned watchmaker, Breguet. “Breguet is well known for its exquisite craftsmanship and refined design. This exhibition will also give our visitors an in-depth look at the innovative technology and intricate workings found inside these historic Breguet watches and clocks,” said Colin B. Bailey, director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
What is a Breguet? Breguet has played a key role in the history of watchmaking since 1775 when they first launched in Paris. Breguet elevated the craft by producing finely made watches that were a pleasure to handle and use. They were the first to introduce a self- winding wristwatch with a repeating mechanism and of course most notably, the tourbillon—a revolutionary movement that neutralizes the negative effects of gravity on pocket watches.
The exhibition is called Art and Innovation in Watchmaking, which explores the history of the watch and clock maker, on view at the Legion of Honor beginning September 19, 2015. The company’s cutting-edge innovations transformed the nature of personal timekeeping. The exhibition will include displays describing the technology that exemplify Abraham-Louis Breguet’s reputation as “the father of modern horology.”
The company’s reputation led Breguet’s watches to be considered objects of great prestige, worn by the powerful and elite in Europe, including Napoleon Bonaparte, Tsar Alexander I and Queen Victoria. The most famous Breguet timepiece is linked to a European monarch is the world-renowned “Marie-Antoinette” pocket watch, No. 160. This extraordinary piece took 44 years to make and was the most complicated watch of its time.
This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in collaboration with Montres Breguet and happens September 19th, 2015-January 10th, 2016 at the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th Avenue & Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94121. Open 9:30 a.m.–5:15 p.m.
Story By: Christian B
Images By: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco