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Breguet
A PINK GOLD AND SILVER SOUSCRIPTION WATCH 1805 NO 1441
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 21,250 USD
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123
Breguet
A PINK GOLD AND SILVER SOUSCRIPTION WATCH 1805 NO 1441
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 21,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Breguet
A PINK GOLD AND SILVER SOUSCRIPTION WATCH 1805 NO 1441
• gilt movement, ruby cylinder escapement, brass escape wheel, balance with parachute suspension and compensation curb • white enamel dial with hairline cracks, blued steel single hand, secret signature and number below 12, Arabic numerals and five minute divisions, signed beneath 6 Breguet et Fils • gold bezels and bow, silver case back • case, dial and movement signed, case stamped B, 1441
diameter 61 mm
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Literature

Clutton, C. & Daniels, G., The Art of Breguet, Sotheby Parke Bernet, 1975, p. 62.

Catalogue Note

According to the Breguet archives, the present lot was noted as “a Souscription watch, silver case by Joly, sold on April 25th, 1805 to Mr Aubert for the sum of 600 Francs.”

George Daniels writes in The Art of Breguet, “The cases for these watches were originally in the form of a silver collar, with the back and crystal snapped into thin gold rings forming the bezels.”  He goes on to mention later examples are all gold, “but these seem somehow to lose the simple elegance and delightful proportions of the silver examples.”

Abraham Louis Breguet devised the Souscription watch series to aid the recovery of his business after the French Revolution.  The watches were production pieces for which the client would pay a quarter of the 600 Livres on ordering the watch.  This covered the cost of the materials and then on delivery the client was required to pay the balance.  The first of these was started in 1794 and delivered in 1796.

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