THE BREGUET CHRONICLES parts 1 & 2

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THE BREGUET CHRONICLES parts 1 & 2

Post by koimaster » March 22nd 2021, 10:47pm

Part 1

History turns on the smallest of pivots. Had Jonas-Louis Breguet lived beyond the age of 39, his son, Abraham-Louis, would probably have had a happy and utterly unremarkable life running an inn in Les Verrières. He might have even bought one of those new-fangled watch things with some of the profits. Instead, his mother’s second marriage, to Joseph Tattet, a watchmaker, set him on course to change the entire history of horology.
The innovations Breguet went on to create were remarkable and could easily have allowed him licence to be an utter divo. He seems instead to have been one of those rare individuals who combined engineering genius, commercial and promotional savvy, chutzpah with loyalty as well as kindness and decency.


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Re: THE BREGUET CHRONICLES parts 1 & 2

Post by koimaster » April 3rd 2021, 10:06pm

Part 2

Watchmaking is about detail – finding minute solutions to tiny problems that have a big impact. Breguet pondered everything from the effect of gravity and temperature on watches to the viscosity of lubricants. He absolutely understood, and was frustrated by, the limitations of eighteenth and nineteenth-century mineral lubricants – well before the synthetic watch oils of today. He’s reported as exclaiming to Louis XVI, “Find me the perfect oil, Majesty, and I will make you the perfect watch!”
When it came to temperature, Breguet had plenty of experience. Ferdinand Berthoud, with whom Breguet probably studied, had already worked out that temperature affected the balance and hairspring of a watch in 1773. Arnold – another friend of Breguet’s – then developed balance wheels that compensated for temperature change. Breguet took his colleagues’ work, and as was so often the case, improved on it in the perpetuelles endowed with a bi-metallic screwed balance.


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