In some ways, our ancestors were more advanced than us. The popular saying nowadays is that women prefer jewelry watches but have no interest in the internal structure of the watch; men are more concerned about the mechanical structure of the watch and do not seem to care about aesthetics. There was no market for this claim in the era of A.-L. Breguet. The minds of the people during the European Enlightenment were obviously more open. In their opinion, beauty and technical perfection are interdependent. Educated men and women are highly scientific and aesthetic. The most talented watchmaker in history also played an important role in the scientific life of the 18th century, and never divided clocks into two types of craftsmanship and decoration first. As a result, the pocket watch received by King Louis XVI (he was very keen on playing with mechanical devices) was as decorative as the one given to his wife, Queen Marie-Antoinette Exquisite, and the queen’s pocket watch is not inferior to that of her husband in terms of technical complexity.
In fact, although some biased claims have been denied (and are still being denied), women pay more attention to devices with outstanding technical performance. The upper ladies of the 18th and early 19th centuries spent more than just adding brooches, rings and crowns. They are also racing to buy Breguet watches, which are of course mechanically functional.
The last queen before the French Revolution, a queen often vilified by French people and historians as a splurge on the wealth of the country, is not just indulged in luxury and pleasure: she also cultivated a kind of The strong emotion of the fine arts created by A.-L. Breguet. In this respect, the Queen of Naples has no woman and no man, so obsessed with Breguet like Caroline Murat. In 1808, Napoleon Bonaparte’s bright and ambitious sister put on the Naples crown, her fascination with Breguet watches has a long history. She bought a total of 34 Breguet watches while she was alive, so she became the best patron of A.-L. Breguet without any doubt.