• Thursday, Sep 27, 2012

    Carnegie Hall Welcomes Breguet as its First Ever Exclusive Timepiece

    One-of-a-Kind, Hand-Crafted Breguet Clock To Be Unveiled in the Carnegie Hall Lobby on October 3 As Part Of 2012–2013 Season Launch
    New Partnership Extends Breguet’s Standing Commitment to Cultural Institutions Around the World  

    Carnegie Hall is delighted to welcome historic watch company Breguet as its first ever Exclusive Timepiece, beginning with the start of the Hall’s 2012–2013 season. This new partnership, which reflects Breguet’s long-standing commitment to arts and culture around the globe, will provide valued support to Carnegie Hall’s wide range of artistic and educational initiatives.

    As part of this new partnership, a specially crafted Breguet clock made in Switzerland will be unveiled in the Morse Lobby of Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage on Wednesday October 3, prior to the start of Carnegie Hall’s festive Opening Night Gala performance. Modeled on Breguet’s original Tourbillon timepiece designed in 1801, the clock will be the first created by the company for installation in a building in the United States. It marks the first addition to Carnegie Hall’s lobby since the landmark’s 1986 renovation.

    “We are immensely grateful to Breguet for its generous show of support and are happy to welcome them to the Carnegie Hall family,” said Clive Gillinson, executive and artistic director of Carnegie Hall. “Carnegie Hall and Breguet’s shared values include a deep commitment not only to quality and excellence, but also to a continued spirit of innovation. We’re thrilled to launch this new partnership and also applaud their tremendous support of arts and culture worldwide.”

    “Breguet has long supported the world's great cultural institutions,” said Michael Nelson, Brand Manager for Breguet US. “And as a company with the richest legacy in innovation, we passionately support organizations that foster creativity and ingenuity. This is why we are honored to partner with Carnegie Hall, the international home of music.”

    Taking part in season opening festivities, Breguet will sponsor Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala Dinner at The Waldorf=Astoria on October 3, an event that will follow the evening’s Opening Night performance by the internationally acclaimed Chicago Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Riccardo Muti, at Carnegie Hall. Throughout the season, additional clocks, all specially created by Breguet for Carnegie Hall, will be incorporated into public spaces throughout the front of house.

    About Breguet
    Since its founding in 1775, Breguet has faithfully preserved the essential values of its founder, Abraham-Louis Breguet, which embody beauty, elegance, pure lines, and a mastery of “grand complications.” From the beginning, Mr. Breguet’s work set the standard by which all fine watch-making has since been judged. No aspect of watch-making escaped his study. The special edition clock in Carnegie Hall’s main lobby will be modeled on his Tourbillon timepiece, patented in 1801. The Tourbillon was revolutionary in its time, successfully offsetting the effects of gravity in its design to create a timepiece of the highest accuracy. Overall, Mr. Breguet’s many inventions and breakthroughs in creating new approaches to time-keeping were as fundamental to horology as they were varied. Today, as the ultimate brand among the 19 watch companies of the Swiss-based Swatch Group Ltd., his heirs at Breguet still make each watch as a model of supreme horological art.

    In recent years, Breguet has been proud to continue to build on its historical and cultural heritage through a variety of close liaisons with arts and cultural institutions around the world, including partnerships with Geneva International Music Competition (Concours de Genève) and the Lucerne Festival as well as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic. From great musical performances to museum restorations and art exhibits, Breguet always aims to advance innovation and inspiration through arts and culture.

    About Carnegie Hall
    Since 1891, New York City's Carnegie Hall has set the international standard for musical excellence. From Tchaikovsky, Dvorák, Mahler, and Bartók to George Gershwin, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Judy Garland, and The Beatles, the best of every form of music has filled Carnegie Hall throughout its history.

    Carnegie Hall continues this tradition today, presenting hundreds of exceptional musical performances each season on its three great stages—the renowned Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, intimate Weill Recital Hall, and innovative Zankel Hall—with offerings ranging from orchestral concerts, chamber music, and solo recitals to jazz, world, and popular music. In addition to Carnegie Hall’s presentations, the venue is also home to over 500 independently produced events each year. Complementing its performance activities, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute creates extensive music education and community programs that serve more than 350,000 people in the New York City metropolitan region, across the United States, and around the world annually, playing a central role in Carnegie Hall's commitment to making great music accessible to as many people as possible. For more information about Carnegie Hall, please visit carnegiehall.org.

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