- A FINE AND ATTRACTIVE LARGE GILT BRASS GRANDE AND PETITE SONNERIE, QUARTER REPEATING CARRIAGE CLOCK WITH CALENDAR, ALARM AND MOON-PHASES NO 3145
DELIVERED TO WENHAM 5 JANUARY 1825 FOR 6 000 FRANCS
- gilt brass
- height 155 mm, width 111 mm
Accompanied by a later fitted presentation case and key.
Interestingly, the present 'Pendule a Almanach' is part of the large range of models made by Breguet. The design of the travelling clock as we know it today was originally designed by Abraham Louis Breguet. It is interesting to note in their construction how far Breguet was ahead of his time. Out of all carriage clocks made by Breguet, this example is much larger than usual. The craftmanship of both the movement and the case is remarkable. The cost of thiscarriage clock was, at the time, astronomical. It was mostly due to the use of in-house systems for preventing shocks on the escapement and spring balance and other components such as the striking or calendar mechanisms. All these developments, with the combination of a finely chiselled case, lead Breguet to set an astounding price of 6,000 francs whereas a simple watch would cost at the time 500 francs. An identical carriage clock numbered 3347 was sold to Marie Christine de Bourbon Sicile, the Queen of Spain on 20 August 1831, for 6,000 francs.