At the auction organized by Christie's in Geneva on November 8, two antique Breguet timepieces were very successful.
The first, the Tourbillon pocket watch No. 1918, is one of 35 watches with a Tourbillon regulator made during Abraham-Louis Breguet's lifetime. This watch was made between October 1805 and September 1813. It has the particularity of having a rare natural escapement; its cage rotates in 4 minutes; its silver dial displays two auxiliary dials for the running seconds and the seconds triggered on demand, and has a power reserve indicator at 6 o'clock. Its case is in guilloche gold. This watch, estimated at between CHF 400,000 and CHF 600,000, was sold for CHF 1,230,000.
The second watch, Breguet No. 3832, is highly representative of the Breguet style of the 1820s and 1830s, when Antoine-Louis Breguet was at the helm. It is an extra-thin piece of immense refinement and perfect readability despite its complexity: equation of time, date, day and month display, small seconds, half-quarter repeater, and tact reading! Estimated at between CHF 300,000 and CHF 600,000, the watch soared to CHF 1,206,000.
These two prestigious watches were originally delivered to Count Giuseppe d'Archinto, an Italian diplomat, the first in 1822 and the second in 1828.
These sales once again demonstrate the attachment of collectors and connoisseurs to the watchmaking tradition and innovation that has been Breguet's signature since its origins in 1775.
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