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Final phase in the restoration of the Petit Trianon

28/06/2010

On October 2nd 2008, the Petit Trianon château as well as the Pavillon Français were once again opened to the public following major restoration work made possible by the support of Montres Breguet under the impetus of its President and CEO Nicolas G. Hayek, grand patron of the Ministry of Culture and Communication. A final restoration phase has just been completed, thereby restoring the site to its full beauty, a quality deeply cherished by Breguet.

The improvement work conducted in 2007 ad 2008 encompassed several aspects, including restoring the original decorative elements, creating additional museum areas, refurbishing the entire set of technical facilities and repairing the outer woodwork, steps as well as the East and West wings of the Petit Trianon.

At the request of the Établissement pubic de Versailles, Montres Breguet agreed to fund an additional phase of work. The latter has just been completed in June 2010, thereby setting the final touch to this operation. It involved cleaning the South façade, restoring the sentry boxes framing the gate of the entrance court, consolidating the forecourt walls, as well as mending the cobble-stoned or paved areas.

The Petit Trianon castle built between 1763 and 1768 was initially intended for Louis XV’s favourite Madame de Pompadour, who died in 1764 before the work was completed. Upon the king’s death, it was bequeathed to his second favourite, Madame du Barry. When King Louis XVI took the throne in 1774, he gifted the Petit Trianon to his wife Marie-Antoinette, who several years later became a fervent admirer of watches by A.-L. Breguet, as well as a loyal customer. Witness the famous N° 160 model known as the “Marie-Antoinette” watch, specially made for the Queen and of which an identical reproduction was created in 2008 by the watchmakers of the Manufacture Breguet.

Through this exceptional patronage endeavour, one of the most substantial undertaken in France in recent years, Montres Breguet wishes to perpetuate its more than 200 year-old ties with Versailles, as well as expressing its deep-felt attachment to European culture and history.