‘Marie-Antoinette, a Queen in Versailles’ Exhibition

On Saturday October 29th 2016, Breguet celebrated the exclusive preview showing of the exhibition titled “Marie-Antoinette, a Queen in Versailles”, on view at the Mori Arts Center Gallery from October 25th 2016 to February 26th 2017. Organized by the château de Versailles and supported by the Manufacture, this retrospective is the first time that a complete evocation of the sovereign’s life is being presented in Japan. In special tribute to the exceptional ties between the last queen of France and the House of Breguet, two refined creations inspired by her universe were unveiled at this gala evening.

It is to the Résidence de France in Tokyo, in the presence of the Ambassador, that Marc A. Hayek, President and CEO of Breguet, represented by the Senior Management of the brand, is inviting 120 distinguished guests to mark the inauguration of the “Marie-Antoinette, a Queen in Versailles” exhibition. The choice of Japan for this retrospective is no coincidence, since it is the nation beyond France itself where the historical figure of Marie-Antoinette enjoys the greatest popularity. True to its past, the House of Breguet naturally wished to support this cultural project of which the protagonist is one of its most devoted historical clients.

To provide guests with a chance to learn more about the privileged commercial ties that Breguet enjoyed with Marie-Antoinette, the brand is presenting a dedicated module from its roadshow “Breguet, a Story among the Greats”. The extent of the influence that the last queen of France had on creations by the watchmaker – and more generally on those of her era – is illustrated by pocket watch No. 1160. This iconic model is a reproduction of the “Marie-Antoinette” No. 160, a timepiece ordered from A.-L. Breguet in 1783 for the queen, and which for almost a century remained the most complicated model ever made. This horological wonder is then on display for two days at the Mori Arts Center Gallery, starting November 2nd, the sovereign’s birthday. From November 4th to 6th, it is making a stopover at the Breguet Boutique in Tokyo, before returning to the Manufacture in the Vallée de Joux, where it is preciously preserved.

In homage to Marie-Antoinette, the House of Breguet is unveiled two exclusive creations specially developed for the launch in Japan’s capital of the “Marie-Antoinette, a Queen in Versailles” exhibition.

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