The House of Breguet, founded in 1775 by Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823), holds a unique position in the world of watchmaking. Acknowledged as one of the most prolific inventors of this time, having developed the tourbillon, gong spring, pare-chute shock protector, and Breguet balance spring, Abraham-Louis Breguet received recognition for his creativity and talent across a number of Europe´s royal courts. In 1815, King Louis XVIII of France would go on to appoint him Chronometer-maker to the Royal Navy. This marked the beginning of a long tradition of putting the house´s expertise to work for navigators, first for those in the navy and then for aviation.