365
365
Breguet
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
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365
Breguet
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
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Details & Cataloguing

Breguet
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
• rectangular movement with single double ended barrel for going and striking trains, horizontally mounted platform with lateral lever escapement, bi-metallic two-arm compensation balance, parachute on the top pivot, blued steel Breguet balance spring, striking on two gongs • silver guilloché dial, satin-finished chapter ring, Roman numerals, subsidiary dials for constant seconds and alarm setting, fan-form aperture for moon-phases, gilt engine-turned mask with three apertures for day, date and month in French • case with glazed side panels, back and front doors flanked by Doric pillars, the frame engraved with foliate motifs, bow handle hinged within lions heads, repeat button to the top and pull-wind for alarm, ball finials and chased bun feet • dial and movement signed
height 155 mm, width 111 mm
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Catalogue Note

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.

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