Breguet’s Unmistakable Signs
1. Breguet Hands
Around 1783, Abraham-Louis Breguet designed slender watch hands with a hollow eccentric “moon” tip for improved readability.
Since then, Breguet hands, as elegant as they are functional, have become part of watchmaking vocabulary and usage.
2. The Secret Signature
A token of authenticity in the past, the secret signature is placed on most Breguet dials, often drypoint etched on each side of the numeral 12.
3. A Single Number
Each Breguet watch is identified by its own individual number and documented in records that have been updated without interruption since the end of the eighteenth century.
4. Engine-turned Gold Dials
Starting from 1786, engine-turned patterns have been used to ensure comfortable reading, a feature prized by Abraham-Louis Breguet.
Artisans at the House of Breguet still use the traditional method to create complex and sophisticated guilloche patterns on gold and sometimes mother-of-pearl dials.
5. Breguet Numerals
At the end of the eighteenth century, Abraham-Louis Breguet rewrote watchmaking codes by designing delicate and elegant Arabic numerals referred to as “Breguet numerals;” these are still used in the world of watchmaking today.
6. Welded Lugs
For the sake of solidity, the lugs are welded to the case and the screw-pins hold the strap in
place. The shape of the lugs, adapted to the shape of the wrist, ensures optimum comfort while wearing.
7. Caseband Fluting
Flutes on the case edges are a sign of elegance specific to Breguet. These vertical striations, typical of Breguet cases, are created using the traditional method of cold rolling, then finished by hand.