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
- yellow gold and silver
- diameter 44 mm
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