Mandatory Credit: Photo by Sipa Press / Rex Features ( 803854b )
Official Reopening of the Petit Trianon in the National Estate of the Palace of Versailles, France – 24 Sep 2008
After an exhaustive restoration process financed by Swiss watch-makers Montres Breguet, the Petit Trianon Chateau is re-opened, with public access from 2nd October. Built by Louis XV for his long term mistress Madame De Pompadour, who died before it was finished in 1768, the elegant chateau was given to Mary Antoinette for her exclusive use upon Louis XVI’s succession to the throne. As early as 1780, Breguet was the French court’s horologist and a supplier to Marie-Antoinette, whose love of Breguet timepieces was well known.