June 26, 2018 marks the 217th anniversary of the patent of the Tourbillon, a revolutionary invention by Abraham-Louis Breguet, father of modern horology. Not surprisingly then that “Tourbillon Day” is kind of a big deal for Montres Breguet. The anniverary is celebrated annually in Breguet boutiques such as Zurich, Taipei and New York (and there is often some “tourbillon cake” to be found on hand for tasting as well).
On June 26, 1801, Abraham-Louis Breguet patented a revolutionary mechanism that neutralized the effects of gravity providing incredible precision in mechanical timepieces. This invention was an engineering feat that cemented the illustrious watchmaker’s standing as one of the most innovative figures of all time. During his lifetime, Abraham-Louis Breguet created 35 tourbillon watches, and fewer than 10 of them are known to survive. The Tourbillon precision pocket watch No. 1188 sold to Don Antonio de Bourbon, Infante of Spain, in 1808, is one of the most fascinating pieces in the brand’s heritage and will be exhibited in its Zurich Boutique and Museum starting from June 26, 2018. The House of Breguet possesses two other historical Tourbillon pocket watches, No. 1176 sold by Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1809 and No. 2567 sold in 1812, along with original records listing every single historical creation.
Seen here is a modern day piece – the Breguer 5367, with enamel dial and a slim case measuring a thickness of only 7.45 mm. Inside is a 3mm thick movement wound by a peripheral rotor. Goregous watch!
Happy Tourbillon Day!