Breguet - The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN New York Saturday, December 10, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Breguet
    Year: 2020
    Reference No: 3757
    Movement No: No. 4230
    Case No: 1160 AE
    Model Name: Perpetual Tourbillon
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 558.1, 21 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum Breguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Breguet Certificate of Origin and Warranty booklet dated June 30th, 2020, product literature, instruction manual, numbered Breguet hang tag, setting pin, fitted presentation box, outer box, and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Breguet has led the way for two of horology’s most desirable complications: the tourbillon and the perpetual calendar. Each tourbillon watch by Breguet features an engraving, “Brevet du 7 Messidor An 9”, or in the Gregorian calendar, June 26th, 1801. After the French Revolution, a new calendar was imposed and it was during this time of political, social, and economic upheaval that Abraham-Louis Breguet first began to work on the concept of the tourbillon years earlier and finally patented it in 1801. Imagine, throughout the French Revolution, the Reign of Terror, the rule of the Directory, Napoleon’s return to France, and the establishment of Napoleon’s Consulate – Breguet was inventing the foundations of horology that are still immensely relevant today.

    Though it is debatable whether Breguet made the first perpetual calendar watch, as there are ones made by British clockmaker Thomas Mudge that pre-date Breguet, Breguet did invent the first self-winding perpetual calendar pocket watch, and his perpetual calendar pocket watches are some of the most famous of these early horological innovations.

    The present watch combines these two formidable horological innovations in an oversized platinum case. On the dial, the simple perpetual calendar layout and exposed tourbillon cage is framed by the signature guilloche patterns favored by Breguet, and on the movement, the floral scrolls are hand-engraved and completely hand-finished. In close to new condition, with all of its original accessories, it is a watch that speaks louder than words for the most astute collector.

  • 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. 3757
A remarkable and well-preserved platinum perpetual calendar tourbillon wristwatch with certificate of origin and presentation box

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed.

$30,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $63,000

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The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN

New York Auction 10 - 11 December 2022