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Lot 363
  • 363

Breguet

Estimate
70,000 - 100,000 CHF
Sold
146,500 CHF
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Description

  • A FINE AND RARE YELLOW GOLD AND SILVER MONTRE A TACT WATCH SOLD TO S.A. PRINCE GALITZINE AIDE DE CAMPS DE S.M. L'EMPEREUR DE TOUTES LES RUSSIES ON 18 APRIL 1823 FOR 2 600 FRANCS
    NO 3999

  • yellow gold and silver
• gilt movement, cylinder escapement, parachute suspension, blued steel anchor regulation • signed and numbered gold cuvette • silvered guilloché eccentric dial, satin-finished chapter ring with Russian numerals, blued steel moon hands, aperture for date with fine gold arrow • engine-turned case, engraved with a family crest to the centre, touch pieces to the band, gold arrow •  dial and cuvette signed, case marker's mark T (Tavernier) • attached double link chain with gold key

Catalogue Note

Prince Galitzine, the son of general-lieutenant Prince Mikhail Mikhailovitch Galitzine and Baroness Anna Alexandrovna Stroganov, inherited a vast fortune from his mother of which he gave a significant portion to charity. He extended his help and protection to many orphans, continuing this aid long after they had reached adulthood and assisting many who wished to attend university. Altruistic, charitable, affable and compassionate, he was much appreciated in society and was a particular favourite of Empress Maria Feodorovna, with whom he regularly corresponded.
The Prince was introduced to A.–L. Breguet  because he developed a long and profitable relationship with the Russian ruling family, securing an imperial warrant as watchmaker to the tsar and to the navy. Breguet, then named 
"watch-maker of kings and the king of watch-makers", featured in Russian literature. Pushkin and Kuprin noted the company's prestigious history as well as the refinement and technical qualities of its products.

For more information please refer to Emmanuel Breguet, Breguet watchmakers since 1775, the life and legacy of Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823), p. 214-219

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