Making watches was Napoleon’s crowning achievement.

THE MYSTERIES OF LEGENDARY WATCHES (2/5) –The selection of a watch that Bonaparte wore was already, in and of itself, a symbol of his authority and achievement.

Five timepieces that have been through the whirlwind of history, including being owned by queens, dictators, and rock stars, making headlines, and causing a frenzy at auctions. These timepieces have been created by visionary watchmakers or are icons of popular culture.

To quote Victor Hugo in an alternate form: “This century was two years old. Rome supplanted Sparta. Under Bonaparte’s Breguets, Napoleon’s dominance was already beginning to show signs of breaking through. When an ambitious young commander who had already been crowned with glory paid Abraham-Louis Breguet a visit in 1798, it was evident that the visit was not merely to acquire the time of Abraham-Louis Breguet. It is a known fact that her brother-in-law, General Leclerc, who is also the spouse of Pauline, already possesses a Breguet watch. “But when he went to the Quai de l’Horloge in April 1798, ten days before setting out for Egypt via Marseille, his ambition and his status as a prominent person meant that he needed objects reflecting the image he wishes to give of himself, explains Emmanuel Breguet, vice-president in charge of the heritage of the Breguet manufacture. He has… he has… he has… he has… he has… he has… he has…

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