Around 1783, at the same time that he presented his innovative gong springs for chiming watches, Abraham-Louis Breguet also created his famous open-tipped Breguet hands. He was driven by a desire to clean up the design, and that included Arabic numerals, which he refined, and the case, which he slimmed down. In combination with large and flat enameled dials, these graphic lines would prove highly popular with the public and strongly influence other manufactures’ watches.
Breguet No. 84, dumb (à toc) quarter repeating watch, enamel dial with Breguet numerals, Breguet hands of blue steel, delivered on 5 December 1800 to Mr Talma for Mr Recordon