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Antoine-Louis Breguet and the firm’s heritage

After its founder died in 1823, the house of Breguet was run by his son, Antoine-Louis Breguet, for a decade. It was a period of extra-thin watches, grand complication models, off-center dials and the introduction of a keyless winding mechanism.

In 1833 Antoine-Louis handed the reins over to his son, Louis-Clément, who decided, in the years 1835–40, to standardize most of the output while maintaining one traditional workshop to make unique pieces.

By the end of the Second Empire (1870), sales exceeded 350 items per year. Its customers still included Europe’s leading celebrities. The firm began diversifying into the electrical applications and scientific instruments.