The legion of Honor San Francisco is a fine arts museum located in Lincoln Park, northwest of San Francisco with views over the Golden Gate bridge. The collection at the museum is spanning over 6000 years and also special exhibitions are featured. Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking was the special exhibit during my visit.
From its beginnings in Paris in 1775, Breguet advanced great technical developments such as the self-winding watch, the first wristwatch, the repeating mechanism, and, most notably, the tourbillon—a revolutionary movement that neutralizes the negative effects of gravity on pocket watches. Breguet played a key role in the history of watchmaking, elevating the craft to its zenith by producing finely made watches that were a pleasure to handle and use.The company’s reputation for ingenuity, as well as the reliability and portability of its watches, led to Breguet’s watches being considered objects of great prestige, worn by the powerful and elite in Europe, including Napoleon Bonaparte, Tsar Alexander I, and Queen Victoria. The most famous Breguet timepiece linked to a European monarch is the world-renowned “Marie-Antoinette” pocket watch. This extraordinary piece took 44 years to make and was the most complicated watch of its time. During the 19th century, Breguet expanded its business into countries beyond France, supplying elegant timepieces to customers in Europe, Russia, and the United States. Today Breguet is a name known throughout the world.
The Legion of honor is a replica of the French Pavilion at the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition.
Entering the Legion of Honor San Francisco .
Automotive art by Jaguar.
The Golden Gate bridge as seen from Lincoln Park.