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  • Manufacturer: Breguet
    Year: Circa 2005
    Reference No: 3355
    Movement No: 750
    Case No: 2381
    Model Name: Classique Complications Tourbillon Squelette
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 55B SQ1, 21 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Breguet crocodile strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Breguet buckle
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, and movement signed.
    Accessories: With green leather Breguet presentation box, loupe, and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    On June 26, 1801, a momentous horological event occurred when Abraham-Louis Breguet was issued a patent for his tourbillon regulator. The history of time has always centered on precision timing and watchmakers over the centuries have developed means to combat the multitude of factors affecting it, including temperature and magnetism, position and gravity. Breguet sought to minimize gravity’s effects when he observed it greatly influenced the delicate workings of the heart of the watch, the escapement. The tourbillon is a rotating cage within which the escapement is mounted. As it rotates, the positional errors of the movement are averaged out improving the overall precision of the watch. While the patent was issued in 1801, it was not until 1805 that commercialized examples became available, and it has remained over the last 200 years very much the same as when Breguet first revealed it.

    The tourbillon is one of the most sought after complications found on watches today, attractive both for the elegance of its design and technical innovation. The present skeletonized wristwatch is iconic Breguet with classic clean lines. The watch has both form and function for it not only tells time, but can also be considered a work of art. The highly engraved skeletonized mechanical movement allows for the tourbillon to shine through and be viewed from all angles. The design is enhanced by the twenty second arched counter at 6 o’clock, which is brilliantly read via the three prong seconds hand attached to the one minute tourbillon cage. The watch makes a wonderful timepiece for special events and is a lovely example of centuries old craftsmanship and mechanical mastery.

  • 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. 3355
A fine and attractive yellow gold skeletonized tourbillon wristwatch with presentation box

Circa 2005
36mm Diameter
Case, dial, and movement signed.

$30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $37,500

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STYLED. Timeless Watches & How to Wear Them

New York Auction 5 December 2018