International Women's Day: The wristwatch and the woman who invented it.
It took Breguet two years' work, involving 17 craftsmen, to complete the piece, but in the end, the oval watch, the first wristwatch in the world, was delivered on 21 December 1812.
Bejewelled wristwatches caught on in royal and aristocratic circles in the mid to late 1800s, but only with women. They were very expensive, custom made bracelets that were barely functional as watches. It’s thought that Queen Elizabeth I did so and Queen Marie Antoinette commissioned a diamond ‘bracelet watch’.