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Swiss Watches in comparison with smartphones
In a world oversaturated with smartphones, a classic timepiece sets one apart. Swiss
watches have long been synonymous with luxury and high quality precision, and the house
of Breguet stands out as a historically admired watchmaker. Breguet watches come from a
long tradition in luxury watchmaking. Breguet watches are so admired that they have
found a place in classic western literature. Honoré de Balzac, writing in the nineteenth
century, described many characters who wore the finest of luxury watches made by the
great watchmaker Breguet himself.
In Alexander Dumas’ “The Count of Monte Cristo,” the protagonist seeks revenge against
three men who betrayed him and had him imprisoned. One of these three men, Danglars,
becomes a baron and a wealthy banker and is described as owning a particularly luxurious
watch from Breguet. Dumas was so taken with the artistry and luxury of Breguet watches
that he dropped them into the pockets of two additional characters in “The Count of Monte
Cristo,” including those of Signor Pastrini, the owner of the Hotel des Londres in Rome
where hero Edmond Dantes meets with Albert de Morcerf, the third owner of a luxury
Breguet is named for its founder, Abraham-Louis Breguet. Abraham-Louis was a master of
all aspects of luxury watchmaking and he brought many innovations to the field, including
shock-protection for balance picots and self-winding perpétuelle watches. Breguet
Watches were coveted and proudly worn by King Louis XVI and Queen Marie-Antoinette of
France. In 1810, he created the world’s first luxury wristwatch for Caroline Murat, Queen of
Naples. Breguet’s luxury watches were not only beautiful, they were practical and
functional. Breguet’s luxury watches also served the interests of the military, and he served
on the Board of Longitude and was appointed chronometer-maker for the navy. Diplomats,
aristocrats, and bankers relied on Breguet timepieces. Breguet was so admired he was
awarded the Legion of Honour by Louis XVIII. Breguet’s watchmaking history can be
explored in all three of their museums, located in cultural hubs around the world like
Shanghai, Zurich, and Paris. Breguet watches live on as luxury watches today.