The iconic Swiss watchmaker celebrates its ties to aviation history with an exhibit of never-before-seen watches.
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From the company that created the world’s very first wristwatch (for Caroline Murat, queen of Naples, in 1810) comes a special event that celebrates some of the most important innovations in watchmaking. Through July 8, Breguet is hosting an exhibition at its Fifth Avenue boutique that marks its most important moments of innovation and influence in aviation-inspired timepieces.
The new show, “Breguet: Watchmaker, Aviator, Innovator,” kicked off last week with a private event at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum (a.k.a. onboard the U.S.S. Intrepid). Alongside the newly arrived Space Shuttle Enterprise, guests followed a timeline of 10 vintage timepieces that have never before been shown in the U.S.
Pieces included Breguet’s first aviation-inspired watch, the original XX wristwatch chronograph, which was made exclusively for the French navy in 1958 (only 500 were made; this model was number five). Among the watch’s standout features is a 15-minute chronological counter—15 minutes being the time it takes to accurately check an aircraft’s vitals before flight.
Along with the historic pieces, Breguet also revealed its latest generation of aviation-inspired watches. Attention, collectors: the Type XX Aèronavale 100th anniversary limited edition watch ($9,700) is one you should not miss. There are just 1,000 numbered models to honor the centennial of France’s naval aviation. Along with a rotating bezel and a self-winding chronograph movement with flyback function, it bears the official emblem of France’s naval air arm.
Check out the complete collection at Breguet’s Fifth Avenue boutique. After its time in New York, the exhibit will travel to Bal Harbour and Beverly Hills.