Founded in 1775 by Abraham Louis Breguet, the namesake brand has established itself as one of the heritage brands of watchmaking. Its founder is considered among the greatest watchmakers to have ever lived and is the inventor of some important functionalities and complications, such as the tourbillon, shock resistance or the hammers used in minute repeaters.
This very recognizable watch on which many of Breguet's tradition watches are based has been built in 1955. It is equipped with a Peseux 260 calibre. This legendary movement has is an observatory grade movement and was used on several occasions in the Geneva Observatory chronometer competitions. Over it's 23 year production, from 1944 to 1967, it is believed that approximately 3300 pieces have been produced. Originally, this movement was meant only to participate in competitions. It was not intended for commercial use. Later, many recognizing the precision of this movement, such as Kari Voutilainen, has seeked this movement to include it in their timepieces.
Aside from the movement, the 'empire' style watch has a beautiful hand guilloché dial, 'pomme hands and the brand's signature coin edge. It was built in an era where most of Breguet's wristwatch production was concentrated on the Type XX for the French army. Moreover, it is from a royal provenance. The watch was puchased by a member of the de Bourbon-Parme royal family and has stay in its care until this day. It comes accompanied with its presentation case and an Extract from the Archives confirming date of sale on March 3, 1955 to Princesse M. de Boubon and services in their workshops for Prince Michel de Bourbon-Parme.