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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Breguet Clocks Mark Premiere Performance at Carnegie Hall

Breguet held a special reception at Carnegie Hall on February 7 to unveil a collection of new clocks that Swiss luxury watch brand built and installed at various spots inside the landmark building.

The event, which included tours of famed music hall and brief remarks, was held to celebrate Breguet’s designation as Carnegie Hall’s first-ever Exclusive Timepiece sponsor.

The five clocks (four Classiques and one Reine de Naples) at Carnegie Hall symbolize some of Breguet’s most notable collections. The Classique collection features designs and complications known worldwide for its horological craft and achievements. Features such as guilloche dials, caseband fluting, the blue Breguet hands and the innovation of the tourbillon are all hallmarks of the brand’s design. The Reine de Naples collection pay tribute to the Queen of Naples, Caroline Murat, sister of Napoleon Bonaparte, for whom the first wristwatch was invented by Breguet in 1812.

The first Breguet clock installed at Carnegie Hall, located in the Morse Lobby of Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, was a Classique Tourbillon. It was unveiled prior to the start of the 2012-2013 season’s opening night gala performance on October 3, 2012. It represented the first addition to Carnegie Hall’s lobby since the landmark building’s renovation in 1986.

The reception and tours that unveiled the remaining timepieces were hosted by Michael Nelson, Breguet U.S. brand manager. In brief remarks, Clive Gillinson, executive and artistic director of Carnegie Hall, paraphrased Teddy Roosevelt, saying, the two organizations “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.”

The reception preceded a performance by Pablo Heras-Casado leading the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

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