27 November 2023 - Art and Culture

Napoleon directed by Ridley Scott

British director Ridley Scott’s latest feature film charts the life of Napoleon Bonaparte, a client of Breguet. The general purchased three pieces from a watchmaker on Quai de l’Horloge before setting out on his Egyptian campaign: a repeating watch, a travelling calendar and repeating clock (the first of its kind), and a perpétuelle repeating watch. These pieces served as symbols of his power and social status. The film also puts a woman under the spotlight- a certain Joséphine de Beauharnais, who was a client of the House herself. According to the records carefully preserved at Place Vendôme, the Napoleon family acquired around a hundred pieces up until the end of the Empire.