Luxury Watches: With a successful, memorable and record-setting year behind them, 2008 paved the way for even more achievement for timepiece titan, Breguet, in 2009. Starting the year right, Breguet introduced its newest masterpieces to the world at Baselworld 2009, including some of this year's most beautiful and innovative pieces.
Breguet set new records both in sales value and sales volume, and you don't do that by producing below-standard products. Since founder A.-L. Breguet's first shop opened in 1775, the brand has been changing the way watches are made and the way you tell time.
By inventing a huge portion of the technology used in watches today, Breguet has placed itself firmly in the timeline of watch making history, along with garnering some of the world's most historical figures as fans. Both Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette were early enthusiasts of Breguet's work, and his first carriage clock was sold to Napoleon Bonaparte.
Now, their newly released designs are fit for the elite of today, with innovative movement technology and some of the most lavish watch faces you will see this year. The best example of this is, of course, Breguet's new Classique Grande Complication Minute Repeater 7639.
Just a step up from its parent, the 7637 design, this watch has all the incredible elements as its companion, but features the extravagant addition of 392 invisibly set princess cut diamonds.
The stones, although certainly breathtaking, are not simply for aesthetics but actually serve a function for the timepiece. Ideal for conveying sound vibrations beyond the case, the diamonds' hardness and pureness improve the watch's sound clarity by reducing vibration loss to a minimum. Like many major sound system specialists who have began to feature diamond conduction in their loudspeakers, Breguet has decided to treat their diamonds as another beautiful technological component of one of their designs.
In addition to the endless stones stretching across the face of the watch are the 178 baguette-cut diamonds set in the crown, making nearly every surface of the watch covered in the dazzling stones. The open-tipped Breguet hands tipped in blue steel indicate hour and minute and the back, which has been entirely engraved by hand in a unique musical decoration, is visible through the clear sapphire case back.
Just in the past eight short years, the company has filed a number of patent applications exceeding that of its founder's own inventions, reflecting the brand's ingenuity and vitality, and the Classique Grande Complication 7639 is a gleaming example. This year, fans of haute horlogerie will salivate at the site of this diamond-dripping timepiece, eager to add it to their personal collection.
For JustLuxe Kate Prihoda