The Clockmakers’ Musuem within the Science Museum in South Kensington has announced their newest exhibition centred on “Breguet: The English Connection”. The exhibition, which opened this week (September 12th), is dedicated to the life and works of Abraham-Louis Breguet with September 17th marking the 200th anniversary of his death in 1823.
As for the exhibition itself, it consists of a number of Breguet’s extraordinary timepieces, each with a special connection to England. For example, there will be the famous gold four-minute tourbillon watch with fusee and chain produced for King George III in 1808. It’s the first time the watch will be on public museum display since 2020.
One of Breguet’s most famous innovations was the tourbillon, a mechanism designed to alleviate the effects of gravity on a timepiece when held in a vertical position for extended periods of time, such as a pocket watch in a pocket. Today, the tourbillon is one of the most recognisable and celebrated complication. Rest assured, it is well represented in the exhibit.
The exhibition offers an excellent opportunity to get up close with some of the most historically and culturally significant timepieces from Breguet’s lifetime. The exhibit has free admission and will remain open until September 2024.
More details at Clockmakers Museum.