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ROYAL PARTY: With fireworks exploding over the manicured grounds of Versailles, Breguet, the Swiss watch brand, hosted a black-tie dinner on Wednesday evening to celebrate the reopening of the Petit Trianon, the small pleasure palace beloved by Marie Antoinette. Founded in the late 18th century, Breguet made an ultracomplicated pocket watch destined for the former queen. The piece took so long to complete that Marie Antoinette was executed before it could be delivered. That link to France’s royal heritage behooved Nicolas Hayek, the owner of Breguet and Swatch Group, to write a 5.3 million euro, or $7.8 million, check to finance the renovation of the residence, which had fallen in disrepair. “The Petit Trianon is a jewel of France,” said Hayek, who cohosted the dinner with France’s minister of culture, Christine Albanel, and Jean-Jacques Aillagon, president of Versailles. “It’s better to invest in culture than in Wall Street these days.” Hayek has created a replica of Marie Antoinette’s Breguet, which went missing years ago after thieves pilfered it.
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