A fascinating fusée-and-chain transmission, the Tradition Tourbillon Fusée 7047 bares its soul in a surprisingly contemporary suit. Unveiled in 2010, the Tourbillon Fusée belongs to Breguet's Tradition family, which is inspired by the pragmatic design codes of Breguet's historic subscription watches. Instead of hiding the mechanics, the Tradition family inverts the movement so you can enjoy it dial side. In this case, we're looking at two historic and interacting precision-enhancing devices – a fusée-and-chain transmission and tourbillon – that come to life on the dial against a backstage of contemporary titanium and silicon elements and shot-blasted anthracite surfaces. Almost an anachronism, the fusion of past and present, makes the models in the Tradition family so unique.
Breguet was founded in 1775 byAbraham-Louis Breguet, a Swiss watchmaker born toHuguenotparents inNeuchâtel. He studied watchmaking for ten years underFerdinand BerthoudandJean-Antoine Lépinebefore setting up his own watchmaking business at 51 Quai de l'Horloge on theÎle de la Citéin Paris. The dowry that came with his marriage to the daughter of a prosperous Frenchbourgeoisprovided the backing which allowed him to open his own workshop.
Breguet's connections made during his apprenticeship as a watchmaker and as a student of mathematics helped him to establish his business. Following his introduction to the court, QueenMarie Antoinettegrew fascinated by Breguet's uniqueself-winding watch;Louis XVIbought several of his watches. In 1783 the Swedish countAxel Von Fersen, who was the queen's friend and reputed lover, commissioned a watch from Breguet that was to contain every watch complication known at that time as a gift toMarie Antoinette. The result is Breguet's masterpiece, theMarie-Antoinette pocket watch(Breguet No.160).
The business was a success, and around 1807 Abraham-Louis Breguet took on his son Louis-Antoine as his partner, renaming the firm "Breguet et Fils" (Breguet and Sons). Louis-Antoine took over the firm upon the death of his father in 1823. After Louis-Antoine retired in 1833 (he died in 1858) the business was passed to Abraham-Louis' grandsonLouis Clément Francois(1804–1883).
Abraham-Louis' great-grandson Louis Antoine (1851–1882) was the last of the Breguet family to run the business. Although he had two sons and a daughter, they did not enter the business, so the Breguet company hired noted English watchmaker Edward Brown of Clerkenwell to manage the Paris factory. Brown eventually became a partner and, after Breguet's grandson's death, the owner and head of the company. When Brown died in 1895 the firm was taken over by his sons, Edward and Henry. On Edward's retirement in the early 1900s, Henry Brown became the head of the firm.
This Breguet Tradition Tourbillon Fusée 7047 is in very good condition with no serious signs of wear. While this watch possesses no original papers it does, however, carry the Greenwich Time 2-year warranty and its original boxes. It is in full working order.