Breguet has the pleasure of announcing its partnership with Frieze, the global art fair, commencing this year through to 2024. This announcement further reinforces Breguet’s long-standing connection to the arts, echoed by an exciting collaboration with an artist presented at Frieze’s five international art fairs – Frieze London, Frieze Masters, Frieze New York, Frieze Los Angeles and Frieze Seoul. The first being Frieze New York from May 18 to 22, 2022 at The Shed in Manhattan, a gallery space is newly built Hudson Yards.
“Our brand has always been close to the world of art. Whether through our founder who created the neo-classical style that inspired modern watchmaking or through our craftsmen who, within our manufacture, perpetuate the ancestral know-how of dial and movement decoration. Forming a partnership with a fair such as Frieze, which showcases the talents of today and tomorrow, is meaningful to Breguet. We are happy and proud to start this partnership.” says Lionel a Marca, CEO of Breguet.
Emily Glazebrook, Commercial Director, Frieze added: “We are delighted to launch our new global partnership with Breguet at Frieze New York 2022 by debuting our collaboration with a new commission by artist Pablo Bronstein. Breguet has strong ties to the visual arts, and much like Frieze, is founded upon an enduring appreciation of innovation, creativity and quality.”
Visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to discover the art of Breguet’s craftsman via a demonstration of guillochage, a tool used by the artisans of the manufacture to create the various decorations appearing on the movements of timepieces. A distinct hallmark of the House, guillochage is a technique introduced around 1786 in watchmaking by Abraham-Louis Breguet. In addition to the aesthetic aspect that these decorations brought to the dials, the guillochage captured dust and allowed better readability of the dial. Today, this decoration, which requires meticulous work, is still carried out in the traditional way, with the irreplaceable guilloché lathe, more than a century old in design.
The new partnership is rooted in Frieze’s introduction between Breguet and the artist Pablo Bronstein, who will collaborate with the brand to create artworks especially for Breguet’s lounge at each fair in 2022 and Frieze Los Angeles in 2023. The commissions will portray Bronstein's response to Breguet’s world and heritage, exploring the interrelation of art, design, craft and technology through history.
While at the fair, visitors will have the opportunity to admire an old and historical "Souscription" pocket watch from the collections of the Breguet Museum. It was in 1797 that Abraham-Louis Breguet had the idea of launching a refined and minimalist pocket watch, equipped with a single hand and an enamel dial, named ‘Souscription” because the buyer paid a quarter of the price upon ordering their future purchase. This is a timepiece that inspired the contemporary Tradition collection, which will also be exhibited.