Very few men have left their mark on watchmaking history like Abraham-Louis Breguet. Over the course of his life, the French innovator built timepieces for most of Europe’s royalty, invented the tourbillon, and established one of the oldest marques still in existence (the Breguet brand has been around since 1775—one year older than the Declaration of Independence). His work still stands today as a hallmark of fine horology, and it has been the inspiration for countless extremely fine timepieces. However, most of these pieces (from Breguet themselves or otherwise) have been priced at the very top of the market and out of the hands of the vast majority of enthusiasts.
Enter Ophion. After their debut with the handsome (and now sold out) OPH 960–which we reviewed here–in 2015, the brand is back to bring an injection of Breguet DNA into a surprisingly affordable, modern package with the OPH 786.