Breguet, Abraham-Louis

▪ French horologist
born Jan. 10, 1747, Neuchatel, Switz.
died Sept. 17, 1823, Paris

      the leading French horologist of his time, known for the profusion of his inventions and the impeccable style of his designs.

      Breguet was apprenticed in 1762 to a watchmaker at Versailles. He took refuge in Switzerland during the French Revolution and, upon his return to France, became a principal watchmaker of the empire. Among Breguet's many inventions and innovations were the overcoil, an improvement of the balance spring that was incorporated into many precision watches, and the tourbillon, an improvement that rendered the escapement immune to errors caused by the changing position of the watch while being carried. Breguet succeeded Pierre-Louis Berthoud as the official chronometer maker to the French navy in 1815 and was admitted to the French Academy of Sciences (Sciences, Academy of) in 1816. Considered to be one of the greatest watchmakers of all time, Breguet had in his lifetime a worldwide reputation and clientele, and he influenced watchmaking throughout Europe.

Jonathan D. Betts
 

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Universalium. 2010.

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