When you think of luxury watchmaking, a few names come to mind as the best and oldest in the world. Breguet with headquarters in Vallee de Joux, Switzerland is known in Beverly hills as one of the most prestigious and honored timepieces to own. Founded in 1775 and one of the oldest surviving watch-making establishments and a pioneer in the world, it is currently part of the Swatch Group but has a history of inventing the tourbillion.
They are easily recognizable watches for their coin-edge cases, guilloche dials and blue pommel hands which are now well known as "Breguet hands."
When you walk into the 2 Rodeo Drive boutique you will be taken to place a elegance and calmness. Brevet also have writing instruments and cufflinks for dad for an amazing Father's Day gift and women's jewelry.
Here's an interesting factoid about the company: On April 15, 1983, the most storied timepiece on earth was discovered stolen from the L.A. Mayer Museum of Islamic Arts in Jerusalem. It was the Breguet No. 160 named after one of the most legendary figures of all time, Queen Marie-Antoinette of France.
The Breguet No. 160 (considered the “Mona-Lisa” of timepieces) was commissioned 1783 by Count Axel von Fersen, a dear friend and companion to the Queen. He requested from master watchmaker, Abraham-Louis Breguet, that a watch be made of only precious metals and all the complications known at that time, to be gifted to the Queen. Price was no object.
Breguet gladly took on the challenge, but alas, the Queen fell at the hands of revolutionaries before its completion. As a matter of fact, Breguet was so engulfed by this project that he himself died before completing it. His son, Antoine-Louis Breguet took over and finally finished the masterpiece 1827 … 44 years after the order was placed. Now that's Breguet!