Lot 345
  • 345


30,000 - 50,000 CHF
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  • height 28 cm
• rectangular brass movement with canted top corners, two trains driven from the same barrel, anchor escapement, brass bob pendulum, steel rod with loop for the winding arbor, striking on a bell • white dial, Breguet numerals, outer minute ring, blued steel Breguet hands • rectangular veneered case, back panel sliding to reveal the movement, gilt brass bezel, chased gilt brass paw feet • dial signed


Movement running while cataloguing, functions are operational but may require a service in the near future in order to be well preserved. Dial in its original condition slightly scuffed on the surface. Case with normal signs of wear due to aging. Overall this is a rare example by Abraham Louis Breguet from that period.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping.

Important Notice regarding importation into the United States of Rolex watches
Sotheby's cannot arrange for the delivery of Rolex watches to the United States because U.S. laws restricts the import of Rolex watches. The buyer or a designated agent may collect the property in the country of sale."

Catalogue Note

Jean-Conrad, Baron Hottinguer (1764 - 1841), was a banker and close friend of Abraham-Louis Breguet. Originally from Zurich, Switzerland, he began his career in Paris before the French revolution, opening his own banking business in 1786 and France's first insurance company in 1787. Wisely returning to Switzerland under the terror of the Revolution, he spent some time in London where he married the daughter of the wealthy Redwood family.
Hottinguer was amongst the 200 largest shareholders in the newly formed Banque de France, and he became the bank's Governor in 1803.
The records of the Breguet's firm list show that more than 26 clocks and watches have been either bought by Hottinger or given to him by Breguet himself.