In celebration of the links that it has so long fostered with the maritime world, the House of Breguet is proud to announce its new status as patron of the French National Navy Museum in Paris, with the support of its President Marc Hayek. One particular endeavor it is lending its support to is the creation of a room devoted to scientific resources for navigation at sea throughout the ages.
The history of navigation is long and complex, borne of endless experimentation and ingenious inventions. Initially based on an oral tradition, then developed by scientific works and instruments, the art of navigation has been evolving continually throughout the centuries.
This 150-square-meter room, designed as a backdrop, will feature some key objects from the museum’s collection: ship models from different civilizations, ancient instruments of navigation, modern electronic instruments, as well as buoys and headlights, all full-scale.
The objects on exhibition will include the naval chronometer N°5072 that was produced from 1817 to 1818 in the workshops of Abraham-Louis Breguet, founder of the House of Breguet. Throughout his decorated career, he never ceased to demonstrate his exceptional skill in time measurement. His dedication and his many inventions earned him major recognition and distinction. King Louis XVIII of France initially appointed him member of the French scientific institution Bureau des Longitudes before awarding him the official title of Watchmaker to the French Royal Navy in 1815. This is the most prestigious title a watchmaker can receive given the scientific competency implied by the very notion of naval watchmaking. It also represents a role of paramount importance to the country. At that time, naval chronometers played a crucial role for fleets, and were absolutely indispensable to the calculation of longitude at sea. Breguet devoted himself thoroughly and enthusiastically to his role as Watchmaker to the French Royal Navy; major expeditions were run using Breguet naval clocks and Breguet would supply the French Navy for almost 150 years …
The French National Navy Museum in Paris in the famous Palais de Chaillot in the Place du Trocadéro is currently undergoing a full renovation. It is set to reopen its doors in 2022, when it will unveil this space dedicated to navigation at sea, full of naval, scientific, and watchmaking history …
About the French National Navy Museum
Public administrative institution operating under the aegis of the Ministry of the Armed Forces, the National Navy Museum is established across seven separate sites throughout the country: at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris (closed for renovation until 2022), in Brest, Port-Louis (Morbihan), Rochefort (2 sites), and Toulon, and in Dugny (93), where it has its conservation and resource center.
A museum of art and history, science and technology, human adventure and popular tradition, it aims to reinvent itself as a hub of contemporary maritime culture, a place of reference open to the world and ahead of its time, a forum facilitating interaction and exchange around the major issues surrounding the blue planet.
Dating back to 1775, Breguet’s history is marked by inventions which have revolutionized the manufacture of mechanical timepieces. Breguet has close links with naval history, its founder Abraham-Louis Breguet having been appointed Watchmaker to the French Royal Navy by King Louis XVIII. Subsequent to this, Breguet supplied naval chronographs for countless civilian and military ships, including the famous chronograph model type XX delivered to the French Naval Aviation in January 1960. Marc Hayek, President and CEO of Breguet, is committed to continuing the visionary and innovative spirit of Breguet in the current timepieces inspired by the adventures of the French Naval Aviation, one of the Breguet collections being aptly named the Marine.