15 October 2020 - Art and Culture

Breguet Exhibited at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris

From October 15, 2020, to May 2, 2021, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs welcomes an exhibition offering a journey through the time and the geography. Gathering around a hundred pieces of art and named “Luxes”, this exhibition follows “10,000 years of luxury” organized in 2019 in partnership with the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Breguet participated with the travel clock N°3778 commissioned in 1842 for the Princess Mathilde Bonaparte, wife of Anatole Demidoff, and property of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

For the Parisian exhibition, the House of Breguet lends another masterwork from its private collections, the subscription pocket watch N°1836 with one hand, sold in 1807 to Mr Gatereau. This piece featuring a diameter of 61mm and crafted in the workshop on Quai de l’Horloge, is an example of a new era watch which Abraham-Louis Breguet offered after the Revolution period. The subscription watches were proposed with a subscription service, meaning a quarter of the price had to be paid when ordering. Those timepieces, innovative in their simplicity and featuring a minimalist “design”, were reliable and marketed with an (relatively) affordable price that gained their popularity and attracted a new clientele.

Further information about the exhibition can be found here.