The history of fine watches is a very interesting one. The first watch worn on the wrist was designed for Queen Elizabeth I in the mid 1800’s. Women of stature started wearing them, and at the time the watches were covered with jewels – being able to tell time was secondary to the fashion statement. Back then, men would not consider wearing a wristwatch because they were thought to be women’s fashion item. That changed during the world wars, as soldiers started wearing them as a purely functional item. After the wars the soldiers returned home wearing the watches and telling stories. The fate of the wristwatch was set. Who would not want to be like a war hero?
Abraham-Louis Breguet was a Master Watchmaker first recognized around 1784. He was born in Switzerland in 1747, his father died when he was only eleven years old and his mother married his cousin, who was also a watchmaker. Breguet became an apprentice in Versailles when he was fifteen years old and during the following decade his destiny as a maker of fine watches was sealed.
He was tutored in optics, mechanics, astronomy and physics by Abbot Joseph-Fraincois Marie, who was a professor in Paris. A Master watchmaker named Ferdinand Berthoud made Abbot an apprentice in the art of making watches of the highest quality. A master watchmaker named Jean-Antoine Le’pine worked closely with him on technical inventions. The inventions they designed are still in use today. He opened a business of his own making in Paris in the year 1775 selling fine watches. Two years later he invented an automatic repeater watch for Marie-Antoinette, who was then Queen of France. He received an interesting request in 1783: He was asked to design a watch for an Officer of the Queen’s Guard that would integrate all the modern developments of the age. No price or time limit was set. It was unfortunate that the Queen died before she was able to see the n° 160 watch which was named after her. This amazing watch was placed in the Mayer Memorial Museum in Jerusalem in 1968, where it was stolen and has never been found.
Today, wristwatches can be found in every shape, style, color, price range, functionality and brand name you can think of. The neat thing about watches is that they all say something about the person wearing the watch, even more so than most jewelry. People look at a watch and instantly know something about the wearer of the watch. Since replica watches are available at affordable rates, you can buy as many as you desire. Shopping for good quality replica watches has become easier with the Internet. Getting factual information about the watch and being able to see the watch without someone standing over you is one major advantage of shopping online.