Breguet antiques at the Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Breguet and the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, have joined forces to stage the first of series of exhibitions of Breguet antique watches from June 10 to September 26, 2004.
A.–L. Breguet developed a long and profitable relationship with the Russian ruling family, securing an imperial warrant as watchmaker to the tsar and to the navy. Tsar Alexander I commissioned a number of timepieces from him, including a sympathique clock, as well as a series of pedometers.
Breguet also featured in Russian literature. Pushkin and Kuprin noted the company’s prestigious history as well as the refinement and technical qualities of its products.
The exhibition at the Hermitage celebrates the ancient links between the watchmaker and Russia. Breguet’s president and CEO, Nicolas G. Hayek is planning further exhibitions in the world’s major museums in France, Europe, the United States and Asia designed to demonstrate Breguet’s contribution to European culture.