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- A FINE YELLOW GOLD SOUSCRIPTION WATCH
NO 1836 SOLD TO MR GATEREAU IN 1807 FOR 936 FRANCS
• gilt movement, ruby cylinder escapement, plain three-arm balance, parachute suspension, bi-metallic compensation curb, central barrel • white enamel dial, Breguet numerals, single blued steel hand, secret signature and numbered below 12 • engine-turned case with engraved monogram to the centre with translucent blue enamel border, engine-turned border • dial and movement signed
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 upon 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. For a description of the development of the Souscription, see: George Daniels, The Art of Breguet, Sotheby Parke Bernet, 1975.