Breguet VS Patek Philippe: Fake Which is better?

Two of the top-shelf prestigious watchmakers go head-to-head in a detailed and thorough comparison where we review both brands from many angles. Shall we begin?

There are people who like collecting watches then there are those that appreciate fine watches. The former is often in possession of watches from a few mid to lower-market luxury watch brands. The latter will generally have a more sophisticated appreciation for the craft, the history, and the horology that goes into these top-of-the-line watch brands. Today, we will dissect two such brands and get granular about what makes each of them different from one another. Let us begin, shall we?
Comparison of Breguet VS Patek Philippe
To simplify the information you are seeking, we divided this comparison into sections that address different ways in which to compare watches from these two manufacturers. Feel free to use the links below to navigate them.

Both watchmakers are extremely old watchmakers, each with nearly two centuries of experience in the watch industry. Both are highly respected names that get people’s attention in watch collecting circles, especially in the world of highly-exclusive watches.

Which brand is older? Breguet is. They are one of the very few classic 18th century watchmakers still left in the business, making them one of the oldest. Their company was founded in the year 1775.

Patek Philippe is 64 years “younger” than Breguet and was making watches since 1839 and is a favorite among many collectors.

Brand Prestige
These days, like most consumer products, a watchmaker’s prestige in the eye of the public is often attributed to several things but especially celebrity endorsements. Both Patek and Breguet have had people in high places, very high places, own their audemars piguet replica watches, and proudly wear them. These people included politicians, leaders of industry, royals, famous artists, actors, and performers.

However, when that prestige is perceived in the eyes of serious horologists, watchmakers, and those that appreciate the craft, there is more than just the who’s who wearing your product to truly impress. For them, prestige is closely linked to how complicated their watchmaking skills are, and how much they have contributed to the age-old craft over the years. Both watchmakers have made numerous important contributions through their inventiveness and many innovations.

One of Patek Philippe’s earliest contributions was in 1845 with the patent they filed for a keyless winding mechanism for pocket watches which led to the winding crown.

Then, in 1881, they improved accuracy with the introduction of a precision regulator. Then they invented a perpetual calendar in 1889, a complex mechanism that is also known as a high complication and found on many of the more expensive watches.

The early 20th century, brought one important innovation and new complex mechanism after another, constantly challenging themselves to outdo their latest and greatest feat.

It was 1933 when they had one of their most proud achievements where they created the Henry Graves Supercomplication which held the record as the most complicated watch until 1989 with 24 complications. They then broke their own record in 1989 to celebrate their 150th anniversary with the Caliber 89 that featured 33 complications. Recently another very old watchmaker “out complicated” them and took that record. However, to celebrate their 175th anniversary in 2014, they invented one of the world’s most complicated wristwatches with 20 different complications. They had earned many other noteworthy stripes between 1933 and today but I am sure by now you get the picture.

More importantly, Patek constitutes one-third (and arguably the top third) of what is known as either “The Big 3” or the “Holy Trinity” of swiss watchmaking that is comprised of three of the most coveted brands: Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin (the oldest watchmaker still in continuous operation, and current title holder of the world’s most complicated watch), and Audemars Piguet (also affectionately known as AP watches by watch collectors and famous for their Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watches).

Breguet has made many important contributions as well. Breguet invented the first automatic (self-winding) quality replica watches known as the Perpétuelle. at the very least is the most attributed watch manufacturer for bringing this feature to the watch business.

They have also been credited with inventing the tourbillon complication, one of the most fascinating mechanisms you will see on a high-end watch. It is used to counter the effects that gravity plays on a wristwatch’s movement.
Patek Philippe stopped sending their calibers out to COSC. They instead started issuing their own certification and to higher standards. If the watch has the Patek Philippe Seal on it, it means that it has an accuracy of -3/+2 seconds per day, twice as accurate as a COSC certified watch.

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