Touring Marie Antoinette’s Private Residence, Petit Trianon – Made Possible by Breguet

In more ways than one, my recent trip to Petit Trianon – private home of Marie Antoinette – was made possible by Breguet. Bringing past and present full circle, luxury watch brand Breguet has woven an intricate web of history and forethought. As most already know, Marie Antoinette, like many others of the Royal Court…

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Exclusive: Inside the Tourbillon Room at Breguet

It is common knowledge in the watch world that Abraham-Louis Breguet invented the tourbillon — a highly precise mechanism that eliminates certain problems in accuracy due to the effects of gravity when the watch is in certain positions.  Breguet first conceived of the tourbillon in 1795, though it was not patented until 1801, and not…

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4 Most Impressive Clocks in the Palace of Versailles and Petit Trianon

While in Paris last week with Breguet  on an exciting trip to experience the past and present of the brand (we bring you more about that in the next weeks) – we had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Palace of Versailles (complete with a private tour of the rarely open Kings Chambers) and the…

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5 Top Watchmaking Complications

Watch brands often refer to timepieces as having simple or complex complications. Generally every function of a watch that is in addition to its timekeeping role is an added complexity.  Essentially a complex watch offers added information and data. The more extra functions, information and data packed into a timepiece, the more complicated it is. …

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Differentiating Between an Automatic Watch and a Hand-Wound Watch

We get a lot of questions from readers asking the difference between a hand-wound (manual-wind) watch and an automatic (self-wind) watch. While we took a look at this subject before, it may be a good time to revisit it for novice watch lovers. As most know,  a mechanical watch is a watch powered by the…

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Chopard Opens Miami Service Center, Vows 10-Day Turnarounds

Everyone familiar with luxury timepieces knows that service is an integral part of the purchase. (In fact, we covered that subject recently here.) Chopard, however, has taken the concept of service to an all-new level by building an 11,000-square-foot state-of-the-art service center the Miami suburb of Coral Gables.   We had the distinct pleasure of…

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