Breguet - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII Hong Kong Thursday, November 25, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Breguet
    Year: Circa 2000s
    Reference No: 3877
    Movement No: 3298
    Case No: 4571K
    Model Name: Classique
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 567 2T, 30 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Breguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by undated Breguet certificate of origin and warranty stamped The Hour Glass Ltd., Singapore, instruction manual, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Minute repeating timepieces are among the crown jewels of horology. Chiming time through a complex mechanism involving hammers and a gong, it is perhaps the marriage between technical prowess and the romanticism of the chime that makes a minute repeater truly something special. While the characteristics of the chime may vary, manufacturers strive to produce the most elegant chime has been a formidable task that has lasted centuries since its introduction in 1687 by Daniel Quare.

    Packed with an important heritage and revolutionary role in scoping the watch industry, Breguet is arguably one of the most important brands of all time. Having developed and patented some of the core components of a timepiece, the Swiss manufacturer has produced some of the finest timepieces since its early beginnings in the 18th century. Having invented the “hammer & gong” mechanism for minute repeating timepieces, almost all minute repeating timepieces produced since were utilizing the feature.

    The present Breguet Classique ref. 3877 minute repeating wristwatch is the perfect specimen of a Breguet timepiece. Elegant, subtle and technically sound with its signature guilloche dial combined with silver brushed chapter rings and its blued hands, the yellow gold case is decorated with the firm’s iconic coin-edged caseband. Powering the timepiece is the cal. 567 utilizing a Lemania based cal. 399 with a traditional movement architecture seen in minute repeating pocket watches from the late 19th century.

    The present example is complete with its full set of accessories and is offered in excellent overall condition with a harmonic chime.

  • 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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Ref. 3877
A very fine and attractive yellow gold minute repeating wristwatch with guilloché dial, certificate and presentation box

Circa 2000s
36mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$250,000 - 450,000 

Sold for HK$630,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021