Breguet - Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Breguet
    Year: Circa 1820
    Movement No: 3'795
    Material: 20k pink gold
    Calibre: Mechanical
    Dimensions: 52.5 mm. diameter
    Signed: Dial signed, cuvette signed and numbered, case numbered
    Literature: For a similar watch with jump hour hand and quarter repeating mechanism, please see The Art of Breguet by George Daniels, page 243.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This Breguet pocket watch numbered 3795 was sold to Prince Belosselsky on 11 January 1823 for 2,200 Swiss Francs. The Prince was General Major in the Russian Emperor's suite and head of the Administration of the police of the Nicolaievsky railroad.
    The watch is made to a very high standard and has been kept in remarkable original condition. Its mechanism is fitted with a ruby cylinder escapement, parachute, jump hour and a single hammer repeating on one gong via a pull-twist piston in the pendant.
    The parachute is a safety device invented by Breguet, which protects the pivots of a balance from damage, if the watch is dropped or receives a shock. The jump hour relates to the hour hand, which jumps from hour to hour. This complication was used by Breguet in his high grade repeating watches.

  • 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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A fine and rare 20k pink gold half quarter repeater openface pocket watch with jump hour hand

Circa 1820
52.5 mm. diameter
Dial signed, cuvette signed and numbered, case numbered

HK$240,000 - 400,000 

Sold for HK$562,500

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