Undertaken at the beginning of the 1980s, the last stage of the work at the Grand Louvre consisted in renovating the rooms housing all the 18th century art collections. Closed to the public for nearly ten years, the estimated 2,500 m2 area that has been restored is now entirely revamped. The museography and educational presentations have also been completely revised. This redeployment of the collections allows the works to be integrated with a unique palatial architecture combining visibility and clarity.

On June 17th 2014, to celebrate this re-opening, the House of Breguet and its President & CEO, Marc A. Hayek, will be present at the Louvre to welcome approximately 300 VIPs from all over the world, for a private event. On this occasion, Breguet will also treat its guests to a unique concert by young soprano, Polina Pasztircsák, winner of the 65th Geneva International Music Competition that the watchmaker has been sponsoring since 2002.

but also reinforcing its connection with the Louvre Museum. From 1802 onwards, Abraham-Louis Breguet presented his masterpieces at the Louvre in the context of its second Exhibition of Industrial Products. A few years later, Vivant Denon, the first “patron” of the Louvre and distant predecessor of Jean-Luc Martinez, acquired a minute repeater Breguet watch as well as a bisque clock bought. Amongst the 18th century art collection at the Louvre is in addition a huge watchmaking range including very beautiful Breguet creations. But Breguet particularly owes the significant strengthening of ties between the two companies to the 2009 exhibition organised on the initiative of Henri Loyrette – then president and director of the Louvre – and entitled “Breguet at the Louvre. An Apogee of European Watchmaking”.

 

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Drawing room of l'hôtel de Villemaré-Dangé, around 1750. © Musée du Louvre