Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823) was one of the few whose innovatory genius has had a real impact on time. Both Napoléon and Wellington were consulting their Breguets at Waterloo!
Other famous wearers include Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo, Phileas Fogg, the time conscious hero of Jules Verne's Around the world in Eighty Days.
Since 1787 each Breguet watch is recorded with the name of the individual maker, the cost price, sale date and identity of the purchaser.
Breguet produced the first automatic watch, the Perpétuelle in 1765.
Today high quality, engine-tuned by hand, watches, often extra-flat, each with a unique production number.