Breguet does a great deal to promote arts and culture throughout the world, and its partnership with the Carnegie Hall in New York has led to the installation of some interesting timepieces at this concert venue. On 8 February 2013, the brand announced the installation of five more speciality clocks, four Classique clocks and one Reine de Naples. (The first Breguet clock to be installed at Carnegie Hall was a Classique Tourbillon, shown below, positioned just before the opening night gala performance on 3 October 2012).
“Carnegie Hall and Breguet share a unique bond based on our rich history of dedicated artists who ‘keep their eyes on the stars, and their feet on the ground’ if I can adapt a quote from Teddy Roosevelt,” said Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall. The new pieces provide a large-scale overview of some of the characteristic Breguet features, such as guilloché dials, caseband fluting, blued Breguet hands, and the tourbillon. The Reine de Naples collection is a tribute to Caroline Murat, sister to Napoleon and Queen of Naples, for whom Breguet built a wristwatch in 1812, possibly one of the earliest wristwatches ever made. (Below, the Reine de Naples clock).
The clocks were unveiled on 7 February 2013, with a concert performance by Pablo Heras-Casado and the Orchestra of St. Luke's.
In the photo below, Michael Nelson and Clive Gillinson:
Bregeut Classique clock in the Zankel room:
Breguet Classique clock in the Shorin room:
A banner celebrating the event: