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Louis Breguet (1880 - 1955)

Bo Breguet (1951 - 2009)

He is the direct descendant of a dynasty of inventors including the illustrious Swiss watchmaker Abraham Louis Breguet and later Louis Breguet, a leading industrial and aviation pioneer, to name a few.


The ultimate masterpiece:
The Marie Antoinette watch
Breguet swiss watches since 1775

In 1783 Abraham Louis Breguet was commissioned by an admirer of Queen Marie Antoinette to incorporate all conceivable sophistications into one timepiece. It would take Breguet thirty years to perfect this jewel for her.

Unfortunately, the Queen never received it.  She was beheaded in 1793, twenty years before its completion! 

Other more fortunate clients, however, did include the Russian Tsars, Napoleon, Tolstoy, Balzac, Stendhal, Dumas, Churchill, Arthur Rubenstein and even Jean Paul Belmondo



Breguet Atlantique
Breguet aviation

The Breguet Atlantic, maritime reconnaissance plane which still flies today, is just one of Louis Breguet’s many pioneering contributions to aviation.

In 1907 he created the gyroplane, ancestor of the helicopter.  During WW1 the Breguet 14 helped liberate France.

And in 1930, the Breguet Question Mark made the first non-stop flight Paris-New York in response to Charles Lindbergh



The last 50-franc bill


On its very last fifty-franc bill, the Bank of France had the delightful idea to pay tribute to the French airmail service by uniting the Breguet 19, Louis Breguet's emblematic airplane, with aviator-poet Saint Exupery and his “Little Prince”, Bo’s good-luck charm


Genius of the Bastille

A street in Paris

The Rue Breguet, long time home to one of Paris’ main post offices, leads to St. Sabin Church, hence the nearby subway station baptized “Breguet-Sabin” – all quite enough for their neighbour, the Genius of the Bastille, to sprout gold wings.


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