Marvellous Myriad of Mechanisms
FHM India|November 2021
Remarkable History, Exceptional Gift and “The Grand Complication” are some of the names given to the Marie-Antoinette 160 pocket watch. Let’s uncover the truth behind this marvellous timepiece.
AYUSHI SINGH

The story goes something like this…

The Swiss watchmaker Abraham- Louis Breguet was given a task to make a timepiece by Swedish Count Axel von Fersen the Younger in 1783. This watch was supposed to be a gift for the Count’s lover, the Queen of France, Marie Antoinette. As the gift was of high value, it was to be as spectacular as possible. Gold was to replace the use of metal and other auxiliary mechanisms wherever possible and complications were to be as numerous and varied as attainable. As there were no financial or time restrictions imposed, Breguet got to work with all his dedication.

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