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Beauty, History, and Innovation

Carnegie Hall and Breguet

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Carnegie Hall is as fascinating and beautiful as the music created in it, and it is with great pride that we feature a series of clocks by our Exclusive Timepiece, Breguet.

Innovation is a hallmark of both Breguet and Carnegie Hall. The Hall’s architect, William Burnet Tuthill, deliberately chose to keep the styling and decorative elements simple and elegant, focusing his energies on designing an unprecedented acoustic environment. The result is an auditorium in which soft and loud tones alike are projected with equal clarity and richness, making Carnegie Hall the crown jewel of American concert halls.

The Breguet Tourbillon clock in Carnegie Hall’s Box Office lobby is the embodiment of this shared value of invention and tradition. The Tourbillon is a fascinating mechanism patented by Breguet to more accurately keep time by defying the effects of gravity on pocket watches. Carnegie Hall’s Breguet Tourbillon clock is styled after the original Tourbillon invented by Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1801 and is the first clock from the brand to be installed in a building in the United States. The Breguet Tourbillon clock marks the first addition to Carnegie Hall’s lobby since the 1986 renovation.

The Breguet Tourbillon is but one of several Breguet clocks at Carnegie Hall that represent some of Breguet’s most notable collections, including the Reine de Naples, which pays tribute to the Queen of Naples, Caroline Murat (sister of Napoleon Bonaparte), for whom the first wristwatch was invented by Breguet in 1812 when she commissioned an oval timepiece to wrap around her wrist like a bracelet.

During your next visit to Carnegie Hall, experience how Breguet beautifully keeps time throughout Carnegie Hall!

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