Breguet and 200 years of the wristwatch
The history and evolution of one of the greatest watch brands and the first ever wristwatch
For someone who would later become one of the greatest watchmakers of all time, Abraham Louis-Breguet’s origins were less than auspicious. Breguet was born in 1747 in Neuchatel, Switzerland, into a Protestant family that was originally French but had fled Catholic persecution in France many years before. When the young Breguet was just 10 years old, his father, a merchant and innkeeper, passed away. This was a tragedy, no doubt, for the young Breguet and his mother. But it would have profound implications for the world of watchmaking. For Breguet’s mother, Suzanne-Marguerite, would later remarry Joseph Tattet, a cousin of her dead husband and a watchmaker.
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