Breguet brought its traveling exhibition, “Breguet the Innovator. Inventor of the Tourbillon,” to New York City, for the last stop on a U.S. tour at the Breguet Boutique Fifth Avenue. Featuring a retrospective of the tourbillon mechanism throughout watchmaking history, the showcase has traveled across Asia and Europe since its unveiling in Geneva at the start of 2013.
The brand celebrated the arrival of the exhibition to the Big Apple with a private cocktail reception on the evening of Thursday, November 8th hosted by Michael Nelson, Breguet U.S. brand president. Also in attendance was a master watchmaker certified in Breguet tourbillons.
Boasting an expansive collection of tourbillon wristwatches, along with rare historic pocket watches, the exhibition offers a look into the brand’s history and contributions to watchmaking. Among the timepieces on display are a tourbillon repeater chronometer from 1812 made by Abraham-Louis Breguet himself (who was awarded the patent for the first tourbillon in 1801), a replica of the perpétuelle pocket watch with “à toc” quarter repeater known as the “No. 5,” and the 5377 ultra-thin tourbillon introduced at Baselworld this year.