Lot 346
  • 346

Letter to Breguet

7,000 - 10,000 CHF
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Manuscript from Diplomat Alexandre Daniel de Talleyrand (1776-1839), stating 'Sir, I have received the note you sent me, and I bring to your attention the fact that the first article, concerning a perpetuelle watch with repeating, given to M. Garydau, does not concern me, but rather my brother, Count Auguste de Talleyrand, Minister of His Majesty in Switzerland. As for the second, upon my first journey to Paris, I will be sure to pay you for it. '


Original manuscript with signs of aging but overall in a well preserved condition.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping.

Important Notice regarding importation into the United States of Rolex watches
Sotheby's cannot arrange for the delivery of Rolex watches to the United States because U.S. laws restricts the import of Rolex watches. The buyer or a designated agent may collect the property in the country of sale."

Catalogue Note

Auguste de Talleyrand born on February 19, 1770 was a French Diplomat sent to Switzerland during the Napoleonic era in 1808. His primary mission was to maintain the Swiss confederation under the protection of the French government. He remained at his position even after the fall of Napoléon and King's restoration in France in 1814 and was appointed Pair de France in 1815 in recognition of his work for the French. Replaced in 1823 by Clément Charles Edouard de Moustier, he died in Lombardia on October 20, 1832.