BLAZER

OWES MUCH TO THE GROUND-BREAK­ING WATCH­MAKER A L BREGUET

India Today - - WATCH BRAND -

Breguet’s son, Louis-An­toine, sold the first watch boast­ing a key­less stem wind­ing and time-set­ting sys­tem, now com­monly known as the “crown”, to Count Charles de L’Espine, a French count. Thus ar­rived the Breguet N° 4952 watch equipped with a “knurled but­ton” that is twirled from left to right be­tween the thumb and fore­fin­ger un­til a stop is reached, and which per­forms two func­tions: set­ting the hands to time and wind­ing the watch. This marked the birth of mod­ern watch wind­ing.

While Breguet was cer­tainly not the first to ex­per­i­ment with self-wind­ing watches, he’s widely cred­ited with be­ing the first to in­vent and re­fine a re­ally work­able sys­tem. To this very day, Breguet tire­lessly per­pet­u­ates the pi­o­neer­ing spirit of its founder by rev­o­lu­tion­is­ing var­i­ous facets of horology. The House of Breguet was be­hind the very first in­stant dual time-zone de­vice. Breguet rein­ter­prets the travel watch with this func­tion that en­ables a dis­play of two pre-se­lected time zones by switch­ing in­stantly from one to an­other at the sim­ple press of a push-but­ton.

In par­al­lel, the man­u­fac­ture lever­ages high fre­quency to im­prove the per­for­mances of the bal­ance of some of its mod­els. Ren­dered pos­si­ble by the use of lighter com­po­nents made of sil­i­con, the in­crease in the fre­quency of the os­cil­la­tor—reach­ing as much as 72,000 vi­bra­tions per hour on some time­pieces—en­dows watches with a far more pre­cise rate. The use of sil­i­con, a ma­te­rial with anti-mag­netic prop­er­ties, has also en­abled the Breguet en­gi­neers to en­vis­age in­corp rat­ing mag­nets in­side the watch mech­a­nism in or­der to en­hance their per­for­mance. Thus, the Clas­sique La Mu­si­cale watch was equipped with the first mag­netic reg­ul­tor in watch­mak­ing his­tory. This in­ge­nious mech­a­nism elim­i­nates the char­ac­ter­is­tic is­sues of wear, back­ground noise and the need for higher amounts of en­ergy, while also en­sur­ing greater pre­ci­sion.

The in­tro­duc­tion of mag­netic com­po­nents, hith­erto con­sid­ered equiv­a­lent to horo­log­i­cal heresy, have opened up whole new vis­tas of de­vel­op­ment, is prob­a­bly just an­other mile­stone for this rev­o­lu­tion­ary brand.

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