Breguet CEO Mark Hayek & The Breguet museum recently obtained a rare Breguet Dashboard Chronograph originally made for Bugatti at an auction in Paris.
The dashboard chronograph No. 2023 was acquired during the closing auction of the Rétromobile Exhibition, a event for classic car enthusiasts. The piece, which was originally sold to Bugatti in 1932, belongs to a series of nine car timepieces that Breguet designed specifically for the brand.
Its chrome-plated metal case measures 67mm in diameter and houses a complication carefully chosen for the automotive industry: a tachymeter scale. Its cream dial, which bears the words “Spécial pour Bugatti”, features the famous blued-steel Breguet hands that were designed in 1783.
Chronograph No. 2023 also has a cumulative minutes counter visible in an aperture at 6 o’clock. The timepiece is powered by a mechanical movement with a power reserve of eight days, which is wound using a crown located at 6 o’clock.
The dashboard chronograph No. 2023 was produced during the interwar years. In addition to creating pieces for the navy and the aeronautic industry, Breguet also supplied automotive brands throughout its history.
Ettore Bugatti, who was a faithful friend of the company, placed his order at the beginning of the 1930s. He wanted to fit his luxurious “Royale” cars with a chronograph featuring a tachymeter function, intended to be placed in the middle of the steering wheel. Breguet responded to his request by offering a range of timepieces that incorporated all the expertise acquired by the company since its foundation in 1775.
With this purchase, Breguet enriches its already considerable collection of antique pieces. This purchase attests to the desire of Marc A. Hayek, President and CEO, to preserve the company’s historical and cultural heritage.