The Breguet Museum on the upper floorMontres Breguet opens a new embassy in Zurich
On December 9th 2010, Montres Breguet is inaugurating a new boutique on one of Zurich’s most prestigious shopping avenues. After Geneva, Paris, Moscow, New York and Shanghai, to mention but a few, the brand is consolidating its worldwide presence by taking its place on the famous Bahnhofstrasse.
The Breguet watch collections are presented in an exclusive new 420m2 three-floor showcase highlighting the brand’s values and expertise within a plush, elegant atmosphere. The ambiance pervading the premises stems from an architectural and aesthetic concept focused on refinement and understatement. The design gives pride of place to the inimitable Breguet attributes, and each and every detail serves to accentuate the beauty of the watches on display. The engraved glass walls are inspired by the art of guilloché-work and their royal blue colour pays tribute to that of the “à tact” watch ordered by Empress Josephine in 1799. The anodised aluminium rods separating the various areas are reminiscent of the finely fluted pattern adorning the cases of Breguet timepieces. The recurrent elliptical motif on the floor and ceiling echo the iconic oval shape of the Reine de Naples watch, the first wristwatch created for Caroline Murat by A.-L. Breguet in 1810.
On the upper floor, the Breguet Museum presents the history of a brand that has contributed through its decisive inventions and numerous patents to enriching the Swiss horological heritage and to building its international reputation. Breguet undoubtedly possesses the finest treasures a Fine Watchmaking brand could ever dream of. Its creations have consistently exercised a powerful fascination on the world’s most eminent figures, and the long list of patrons includes such stellar names as Napoleon Bonaparte, Tsar Alexander the 1st, Winston Churchill, Queen Marie-Antoinette, as well as Louis XVIII and Sergei Rachmaninov. The brand has established itself over the centuries as synonymous with beauty, prestige and elegance.
Perpetuating this legacy, the Breguet museum in the Zurich boutique hosts a collection of historical pieces acquired over the past ten years under the impetus of Nicolas G. Hayek, acquired at auction and stemming from institutions and private collections. After this journey to the past, a more intimate lounge area enables visitors to take time to savour the historical atmosphere of the place by leafing through various books on the brand.