Navigation and Accurate Timekeeping
To know the exact time was nowhere more important than on the high seas. While punctuality is an act of courtesy onshore, the wrong time inevitably led to disorientation onboard a ship. The exact time that has passed since departing a port was essential to determine the position of the vessel. Erroneous navigation due to inaccurate timekeeping would bring the fleet into great trouble or could even lead to a disaster. The construction and manufacture of marine chronometers was thus the pinnacle of watchmaking. The Marine collection pays tribute to the honorary title “Chronometer-maker to the Royal Navy“, which was awarded to Abrahm-Louis Breguet by the King of France, and to the tradition-rich heritage of marine chronometers that were built during that time.