Breguet (1747-1823)


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No watch library would be complete with Breguet (1747-1923), a reference that includes a biography of Abraham-Louis Breguet, the inventor of some of the greatest technological innovations in watch-making, along with a significant number of description (based on the “certificates”), illustrations and images.

Written by David L. Salomons, this book is an excellent reference guide and a look at an amazing collection of Breguet timepieces. The Sir David Salomons collection is held at the Mayer Museum for Islamic Art in Israel.

Note that the image shown for this book is from an auction for the original 1921 edition, of which 1000 copies were printed. This version is exceedingly rare and priced in the few hundred dollar+ range. The link here is to Amazon for a reproduction of the original text, now available in the public domain. The scan quality is not as high as an original or “New Edition” (see below), but it is a more accessible way to purchase this book. Also, given that Breguet (1747-1823) is in the public domain, it is also available to view or download at no cost, see Breguet (1747-1823) at, for example.

If you are a looking for a hardcover version of the book of good quality, check out HODINKEE’s Breguet (1747-1823), the New Edition.