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The Imperial Family and International Clients

In the early years of the nineteenth century, Breguet’s main foreign outlets were England, Spain, and Russia.
The Czar of Russia, Alexander I, became a loyal customer and awarded the firm the official title of Horologist to His Majesty and the Imperial Russian Navy. Given the enthusiasm of Russian clients, in 1808 Breguet opened a shop in Saint Petersburg.

The political turmoil toward the end of the Napoleonic empire seriously affected Breguet’s exports, of which he complained directly to the emperor in 1811. In order to compensate for these losses, he targeted the Ottoman market.