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To finance the equipment used and due to the desire to focus on research, Breguet had the idea to market these watches by subscription, or Souscription in French. Subscribers would pay half the price that had been agreed at the time of the order, and the watches would then be delivered upon production by Breguet and full payment by the client. A production in series of 10 to 13 watches at a time was set up. Those in a silver case were sold for 600 francs, with the gold cases going for 800 francs. In order to prevent these watches of relatively simple design from being forged, Breguet invented a secret signature which was only visible in a raking light. The signature was created through the use of a pantograph, especially designed for this purpose.
With special thanks to Mr Emmanuel Breguet for the archival information.
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