Breguet - The Geneva Watch Auction: XIX featuring the Guido Mondani Collection Geneva Saturday, May 11, 2024 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Breguet
    Year: 1982
    Movement No: 187
    Case No: 3349
    Material: 18k white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 35 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k white gold integrated bracelet measuring 190mm max.
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold concealed clasp
    Dimensions: 36.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Breguet fitted box and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    It is exhilarating that in the realm of vintage- or to use the very fashionable “neo-vintage” - watches there are still incredible discoveries to be made like the present double signed Breguet/Chaumet. During the 20th century Breguet underwent different changes in ownership and in 1970 it was purchased by the Parisian jewelers Chaumet who subsequently sold the brand in 1987. It was during this time that the young Daniel Roth was brought onboard to revamp the brand to its past glory.

    Even though Breguet belonged to Chaumet only a handful of timepieces were cosigned by both brands. The present timepiece is clearly a Breguet as it features all the brand's signature elements, such as the lavishly guilloché dial, offset time subdial, coin edge case and Breguet hands. However, not just a phenomenally attractive watch ,the present example is also technically impressive as it features a Hijri Islamic calendar. This system is based on 12 months lunar months in a year of 354 or 355 days, consequently each month can be 29 or 30 days long but not 31 days.

    The month is indicated in the top aperture, the day right beneath and the date in the lower window. Thanks to the information available at the Breguet museum we know that this watch was made in only 2 examples in 1982 and delivered to Chaumet Geneve on April 30, 1982. Obviously a special order it is believed that these watches were destined for the Royal Court of Morocco. In superb condition, fresh to the market and a model never seen before in this configuration, the present Breguet/Chaumet is a timepiece so rare and desirable that it took 42 years to come to the market and finding another one is close to mission impossible.

    We would like to thank Emmanuel Breguet Head of Patrimony and the Breguet museum for providing the information on this exceptional timepiece.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1775

    Established in 1775 by Abraham Louis Breguet, widely considered the greatest watchmaker of all time, the storied brand continues to thrive in the modern era, creating exceptional high-end watches as the Swatch Group's premier prestige brand. Some of the most important and lasting inventions in watchmaking are attributed to Abraham Louis Breguet, including the tourbillon, shock resistance and the use of hammers and gongs employed in nearly all minute repeating watches made since.

    Eighteenth and nineteenth century Breguet pocketwatches are especially sought-after by collectors, and many of them were made for the elite of European society, including Napoléon and Marie Antoinette. Key wristwatches from the twentieth century include oversized dress watches, two-register chronographs, triple calendars and Type XX aviator's chronographs made for the French military and civilians.

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An incredible and exceptionally rare white gold wristwatch with Hijri calendar, Eastern Arabic numerals on bracelet, one of 2 made

36.5mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF40,000 - 80,000 

Sold for CHF247,650

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIX featuring the Guido Mondani Collection

Geneva Auction 11 - 12 May 2024