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Zenith Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
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Zenith A Rare 1920s Roman Numeral Black Dial Hob Nail 14 Kt...
AED 16,941
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38
US
A. Lange & Söhne Unworn Yellow gold 53mm Manual winding
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A. Lange & Söhne Ungetragene neuwertige Savonette Taschenuhr...
AED 31,099
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29
DE
Patek Philippe Minute Repeater Very good Red gold 53mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Minuten-Repetition neuwertige Schwere 18k Gold...
AED 102,380
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29
DE
Omega Omega Gold Pocket Watch Very good Yellow gold 47mm Manual winding
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Omega 14K Gold Pocket watch taschenuhr 1923
AED 7,379
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160
HU
Good Silver Manual winding UAE, Almadam
Julien Le Roy Montre à coq oignon Louis XV
AED 15,000,000
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AE
No.144 Very good Rose gold 57mm Manual winding UAE, Almaadam
Louis Lacroix ''A LA BREGUET'', "AN ISLAND FOR A WATCH" Louis...
AED 21,300
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AE
Glashütte Original Good Yellow gold 52mm Manual winding
Glashütte Original Union Glashütte
AED 25,953
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35
DE
Bulgari Lucea 102260 LUP33BGDGD New Rose gold 33mm Automatic UAE, Al Wasl, Jumeira 1, Dubai
Bulgari LVCEA
AED 85,344
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115
AE
Breitling Montbrillant H48330 Very good Rose gold 43mm Manual winding
Breitling Montbrillant Limited Edition 250 Rose Gold Box & Papers
AED 53,472
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60
PT
Jaeger-LeCoultre Very good Yellow gold 55mm Manual winding
Jaeger-LeCoultre rare, 134,5g heavy LeCoultre Minute Repeater...
AED 37,135
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179
DE
Moritz Grossmann Fair Yellow gold 50mm Manual winding
Moritz Grossmann 1A Qualität 106g 18K Gold
AED 36,245
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599
DE
IWC 363736 Very good Yellow gold 48mm Manual winding
IWC Taschenuhr 14.Karat Gelbgold - Bj.: 1910 - AAW
AED 7,383
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559
DE
Vacheron Constantin Very good Rose gold Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin tasca oro rosa Art. Ts58
AED 13,169
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486
IT
Alpina Very good Yellow gold 52mm Manual winding
Alpina Union Hologeré Taschenuhr Vollgold inkl. Vollgold Kette...
AED 20,091
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204
DE
Elgin 50mm Manual winding
Elgin
AED 3,200
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752
US
Unikatuhren Taschenuhr mit Wappen Geneve Good Platinum 43,0mm Manual winding
Unikatuhren unbekannt
AED 21,926
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35
DE
Fabergé 43005 Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
Fabergé Faberge Schmuckuhr von 1914/1915 selten Antik Diamantr...
AED 93,967
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142
DE
27019 Very good Yellow gold 55mm Manual winding
Volta Répétition Chronographe
AED 17,675
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162
NL
with central seconds Very good Silver 41mm Manual winding
A rare decorative pearl-set enamel pocket watch for the...
AED 22,369
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179
DE
Omega Good Yellow gold 53mm Manual winding
Omega Savonette 53mm
AED 10,605
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599
DE
Rolex Very good Yellow gold 49.5mm Manual winding
Rolex Taschenuhr - Kleine Sekunde - 8k / 333 Gold Denison Case...
AED 30,875
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559
DE
Waltham Very good Silver 60mm
Waltham Argento Sterling art. Ts49
AED 2,953
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486
IT
Audemars Piguet Good
Audemars Piguet Rare Audemars Piguet 18k gold slim open face...
AED 15,661
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137
CH
IWC Yellow gold 45mm Manual winding
IWC Tiffany Dial Pocket Watch
AED 13,176
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752
US
A. Salisco Good Yellow gold 46mm Manual winding
A.Salisco GENEVE Taschenuhr 750 Gelbgold
AED 12,529
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35
DE
Cartier Tank Française WE1018S3 Very good White gold 25mm Quartz
Cartier TANK FRANCAISE
AED 51,458
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287
CZ
Longines 2817690 Good Yellow gold Manual winding
Longines Pocketwatch
AED 8,726
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162
NL
Cartier Very good Yellow gold 47mm Manual winding
Cartier floral dekorated 18K Gold pocket watch
AED 12,525
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179
DE
Fair Yellow gold 57mm Manual winding
Genial Watch Minuten Repetition Minute Repaeter Chronograph
AED 21,568
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599
DE
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Yellow gold 43mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne DUF Taschenuhr Kal. 43 - 14 Karat Gelbgold -...
AED 20,136
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559
DE
Zenith Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
Zenith Tasca tripla cassa oro giallo art. Ts50
AED 11,352
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486
IT
Good Rose gold 60mm Manual winding
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Le coultre Chronograph quarter repeater
AED 10,459
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UK
Tissot T82945334 New 42mm Manual winding
Tissot T-Pocket watch Limited Edition T82945334
AED 8,502
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901
DE
Patek Philippe 600/1 Good Yellow gold 44,5mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Tasca
AED 17,451
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185
IT
Junghans Junghans Stopwatch 1/10-second 628.00 Very good Steel 56mm Manual winding
Junghans Stopwatch 1/10-second 1970s
AED 761
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41
GR
Vacheron Constantin 199669 Good Yellow gold 48mm Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Yellowgold Pocketwatch
AED 13,200
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162
NL
Very good 45mm Manual winding
Agassiz rare 14k gold pocket watch witch central second,...
AED 11,182
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179
DE
Zenith Good Rose gold 49mm Manual winding
Zenith Antimagnetisch
AED 13,066
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599
DE
Zenith Steel 50mm Manual winding
Zenith Taschenuhr - Militär - Cal. 193 - 50mm - ca. 1945-50 - AAW
AED 15,661
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559
DE
Election Good Yellow gold
Election tasca tripla cassa oro art. Ts47
AED 5,450
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486
IT
60147 Good Yellow gold 51,5mm Manual winding
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Picard & Fils, Le Chaux de Fond, Switzerland Pegasus Repetition
AED 10,292
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IT
Hebdomas Very good Steel 49mm Manual winding
Hebdomas 8 Jours Pocket Watch
AED 2,909
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337
ES
Movado Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
Movado Ermeto Yellow Gold Vintage Pocket Watch for Horovitz
AED 11,643
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214
CH
Good Steel 49mm Manual winding
damas pocket watch
AED 850
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894
NL
Patek Philippe Very good Yellow gold 33mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Hunting pocket Ladies watch Enamel dial Yellow...
AED 17,675
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448
IT
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Yellow gold 44.5mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne seltene 1A Qualitat 18K Gold Savonnette...
AED 34,003
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179
DE
Very good Yellow gold 54mm Manual winding
Frederick Trahern Coventry Anhaltbare Sekunde 133g
AED 23,805
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599
DE
Ulysse Nardin 325215 Very good Yellow gold 44mm Manual winding
Ulysse Nardin - Chronometre - Taschenuhr - Perlmuttzifferblatt...
AED 12,529
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559
DE
Vacheron Constantin Very good Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin da tasca in oro Art. Ts57
AED 11,352
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486
IT
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 505059 Very good Yellow gold 45mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Lepin quadrante personalizzato
AED 33,560
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IT
Seiko GSBA061 New
Seiko (セイコー) GSBA061
Price on request
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109
JP
Good Rose gold 53,5mm Manual winding
Alfred Lugrin Viertel Repetition Erotic Savonette
Price on request
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203
DE
Patek Philippe Vintage Very good Yellow gold 43mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Vintage Open Face Split-Second Chronograph...
AED 67,030
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526
DE
Rolex Cellini 3717 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Manual winding
Rolex Cellini Pocket
AED 11,634
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315
IT
Patek Philippe 618 Very good Platinum 44mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Platinum/18K Gold rare, remarkable pocket watch...
AED 56,783
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179
DE
Vacheron Constantin Very good Yellow gold 57mm Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Chronometre Royal 57mm 135g
AED 33,157
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599
DE
Very good Rose gold 45mm Manual winding
L. Gerlach Pocket Watch
AED 10,739
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337
ES
Patek Philippe 980g-001 Unworn White gold 48mm
Patek Philippe 980g-001 White Gold Pocket Watch NEW
AED 203,365
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18
US
Longines 2633102 Unworn Steel Manual winding
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Longines Chronograph counter in metal, split second
AED 11,142
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FI
Junghans Good Steel 50mm Manual winding
Junghans pocket watch
AED 2,685
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894
NL
Pocket Watch Very good Yellow gold 55mm Manual winding
Full Hunter Yellow Gold Minute Repeating Calendar Pocket Watch
AED 30,069
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796
UK
Patek Philippe Vintage Good Yellow gold Manual winding
Patek Philippe Vintage
AED 26,848
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14
IT
Omega CK1064-7 Very good Steel 50.5mm Manual winding
Omega Vintage Water-Resistant Lépine Étanche Pocket Watch...
AED 10,202
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526
DE

Pocket Watches: The Gentleman's Timepiece

Pocket watches have a large fan base. The timepieces range from cheap vintage models to extremely rare collector's pieces. World-famous manufacturers such as Patek Philippe have produced the most extraordinary pocket watches.


Highlights

  • Large variety of vintage pocket watches
  • Prices ranging from a few hundred euros to millions
  • New models with mechanical or quartz calibers
  • A. Lange & Söhne pocket watches are especially sought after by collectors
  • Available with a chronograph function, perpetual calendar, or minute repeater

Pocket Watches for Men and Women

Pocket watches have been beloved for centuries, especially amongst collectors and watch enthusiasts. Wristwatches almost made the pocket watch completely obsolete in the 20th century. Wearing a watch on your wrist is simply more comfortable for most people. Originally, it was predominantly men who used pocket watches. In order to not lose the watch, it was secured with a chain. There was a spring ring or clip at the end of the chain, which you could attach to a buttonhole. Men usually carried their pocket watches in their vest pockets , though they kept them in their pants or jacket pockets as well. Women often attached their pocket watches to a chain and wore them as necklaces.

Manufacturers such as Tissot, Regent, or Dugena continue to produce affordable pocket watches. These are powered by mechanical or quartz movements. The number of pre-owned pocket watches available is much larger. The most highly sought-after models are vintage watches from the German manufacturer A. Lange & Söhne. Patek Philippe, one of the most renowned watch manufacturers in the world, is known for their especially intricate pocket watches. The Graves Supercomplication and Calibre 89 were the most intricate pocket watches for decades.


Buying Advice

If you're searching for a pocket watch, you have the choice between countless models. Prices range from a few hundred to a few million euros for very rare, intricate models. Apprentice watches are particularly special watches. They were made by watchmaking apprentices towards the end of one's apprenticeship, making them "journeyman's pieces." Watches from the 19th or first half of the 20th century are extremely coveted amongst collectors. Since there is only one of each watch, they're extremely scarce, and you should accordingly plan to spend at least 30,000 euros for such a rare piece.

A less expensive entry into the world of pocket watches would be a model from Regent, Dugena, or Tissot. Pre-owned Tissot pocket watches cost less than 500 euros, although their gold watches can cost around 2,500 euros. All three manufacturers currently offer pocket watches in their portfolios. You can also find pre-owned pocket watches from the Swiss manufacturer Omega at affordable prices, sometimes for less than 200 euros. However, gold models can cost up to 4,000 euros.

Pre-owned pocket watches from the International Watch Company (IWC) can be purchased for around 800 euros. Gold models, however, are available for 25,000 euros. The prices for vintage pocket watches from Patek Philippe start at around 3,500 euros. However, there are also models that cost nearly one million euros. The Graves Supercomplication , a special order pocket watch for the American banker Henry Graves, Jr., sold at a Sotheby's auction in 2014 for 23.2 million Swiss francs (CHF), making it one of the most expensive watches in the world. The Patek Philippe 89 is slightly less expensive, although it's still one of the most intricate pocket watches ever produced. In 2009, it sold for around $5 million at an Antiquorum auction.


The History of Pocket Watches

Pocket watches have been around since the 15th century. The invention of the spring drive made pocket watches possible, as it enabled the entire watch movement to be miniaturized. Before then, large grandfather clocks were powered by weights attached to chains which wound the movement. The oldest known watch with a spring drive dates back to 1430 . It features a fusee, which equalized the uneven pull of the mainspring. This watch belonged to Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, and is on display at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum (Germanic National Museum) in Nuremberg.

Peter Henlein, a locksmith from Nuremburg, was one of the first to use a spring drive together with an escape mechanism in a wearable watch. He was able to get the watch down to pocket watch size using this construction, and the shape of the timepiece resembled a can . One of these models is on display at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremburg. The German town of Nuremberg was the center of watchmaking in the 15th century. Historians know it as the "Silicon Valley of the Middle Ages" due to the many inventions made in the town.

These can-shaped watches, which were most likely carried in bags, eventually developed into wearable watches fashioned onto chains. Since the first portable watches still weren't very accurate, they only had an hour hand. This changed in the mid-17th century when better escapement systems were developed, resulting in portable watches with both hour and minute hands.

The majority of older pocket watches are unsigned, as adding company names and logos wasn't common practice until the 19th century. Sometimes you're only able to tell the origin of a watch based on its construction, design, or decorations.


Pocket Watch Cases

In the 16th century, pocket watch cases were often spherical or box-shaped. Over time, the case developed into the common flat design we know today.

Pocket watches are classified as either Savonnette or Lépine, an important distinction. The Lépine version is named for the French watchmaker Jean-Antoine Lépine. In this construction, the seconds display, winding stem, and crown are all in line with each other. Lépine pocket watches have no spring cover, and thanks to their construction, they're especially flat. This makes them well suited as tailcoat watches. Savonnette watches, on the other hand, have a spring cover protecting the dial and watchglass which can be opened by a push-piece. The term "Savonnette" comes from French and means "little bar of soap." Savonnette pocket watches have the seconds display at six o'clock, and the crown is on the side at three o'clock. This construction makes it easier to hold and use: You can hold the pocket watch in your right hand and use your thumbs to operate the spring cover push-piece and read the time.

Pocket Watch Cases

  • Lépine: Crown, winding stem, seconds hand in line with the winding stem, no spring cover
  • Savonnette: Seconds display at six o'clock, crown on the side, spring cover for protection

Intricate Pocket Watches

Pocket watches can do much more than just show the time. The most intricate pocket watches come from the Swiss manufacturers Patek Philippe, Breguet, and Vacheron Constantin.


The Graves Supercomplication: 24 Complications

With a total of 24 complications, the Graves Supercomplication held the record for the most intricate pocket watch for decades. It features a perpetual calendar , double chronograph for timing intervals, and astronomical displays . The watch shows the normal time, sidereal time, the sunrise and sunset time, and the starry sky over New York City.

The Graves Supercomplication was custom made for the New York banker Henry Graves, Jr. , a passionate watch collector and Patek Philippe fan. The American car manufacturer James Ward Packard was also a lover of rare Patek Philippe watches. Both men commissioned many watches from Patek Philippe with the goal of beating one another in acquiring the most intricate timepiece. The competition ended with Henry Graves, Jr.'s Graves Supercomplication. Originally commissioned in 1925, the watch was finally completed seven years later in 1932. It took a further 12 months for the watch to reach Graves. Since Packard died in 1928, he was unable to commission any more pocket watches. Therefore, it remains a mystery whether Patek could have made an even more intricate watch than the Graves Supercomplication in the early 1930s.


Patek Philippe's Calibre 89 with 33 Complications

Patek Philippe's Calibre 89 overtook the Graves Supercomplication as the most intricate watch in 1989. With a total of 33 complications, the Calibre 89 set a new record. Among its complications are a double chronograph, perpetual calendar , a moon phase and age display, and a second time zone display . There are also many astronomical displays on the back side of the watch. The pocket watch also has acoustic complications such as a grand and petite sonnerie, a minute repeater, and an alarm function. Patek Philippe only produced four Calibre 89 pocket watches.


Vacheron Constantin's 57 Complications

In 2015, the Swiss manufacturer Vacheron Constantin set a new record. Their pocket watch, reference number 57260, has 57 complications. Vacheron Constantin produced this watch for a wealthy, anonymous customer. The watch features many calendars: a Gregorian perpetual calendar, a Hebrew perpetual calendar, an astronomical calendar function, and a professional business calendar based on the ISO 8601 standard.


A Royal Pocket Watch: Breguet Marie Antoinette

The Breguet pocket watch Grande Complication No. 1160 is, like its predecessor the No. 160, a rarity. An unknown admirer of Marie Antoinette commissioned the watch in 1783 when Breguet was the purveyor to the royal French court. Marie Antoinette was known to be a fan of Breguet. The watch was meant to showcase the watchmaking know-how of the time, and gold was used in lieu of other metals when possible. The automatic watch features a perpetual calendar, minute repeater, and a power reserve display. It also displays the equation of time, the daily deviation between the true and mean solar times. The mean solar time is the time we use day in, day out. Breguet finished the watch in 1827, 44 years after it was commissioned. Marie Antoinette had already died 34 years earlier.

The No. 160 pocket watch was on display in a Jerusalem museum until 1983. It vanished without a trace and remained lost for 24 years, until it reappeared suddenly in 2007. Nicolas G. Hayek, the founder of the Swatch Group, commissioned Breguet to remake the No. 160 in 2004. Since the original was still missing at the time, the watchmakers had to reconstruct it using old drawings and reference documents.

Abraham-Louis Breguet was the founder of the manufacturer and is considered a genius master watchmaker. He is the inventor of the tourbillon, a complication which minimizes gravity-related deviations and ensures the watch runs precisely.