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Breguet et Fils
AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE AND FINE SILVER AND GOLD DOUBLE DIALLED WATCH WITH SINGLE HANDED TIME DIAL AND SEPARATE INKING CHRONOGRAPH DIAL WITH TEN-MINUTE REGISTER CIRCA 1825, NO. 4129
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Breguet et Fils
AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE AND FINE SILVER AND GOLD DOUBLE DIALLED WATCH WITH SINGLE HANDED TIME DIAL AND SEPARATE INKING CHRONOGRAPH DIAL WITH TEN-MINUTE REGISTER CIRCA 1825, NO. 4129
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Details & Cataloguing

Masterworks of Time: Adolf Lange, The Golden Era of Glashütte

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Breguet et Fils
AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE AND FINE SILVER AND GOLD DOUBLE DIALLED WATCH WITH SINGLE HANDED TIME DIAL AND SEPARATE INKING CHRONOGRAPH DIAL WITH TEN-MINUTE REGISTER CIRCA 1825, NO. 4129
Movement: frosted gilded, lever escapement the lever with jewelled pallets, two-arm bi-metallic compensation balance, parachute suspension, signed and numbered Breguet et Fils, 4129
Dials: first dial: white enamel, Roman numerals, outer 10-minute markers, single blued steel hour hand, off-set aperture for winding, signed to the base of the dial Breguet et Fils, further secret signature beneath 12 o'clock • second dial: white enamel, twin seconds tracks, the outer track with Arabic numeral 10-second divisions, subsidiary minute register at 9 o'clock position, spring loaded hand, the tip with ink reservoir, dial marked Bréveté and to the base of the dial Arret/Marche indication for band's start/stop slide
Case: silver engine-turned band, gold engine-turned bezels, silver pendant with gold chronograph pusher, gold bow, slide for start/stop to base, case made by Louis Joly
Accompaniments: short gold chain and later associated gilt-metal key
diameter 61mm
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Provenance

Sold on 13 August 1825 to Wenhem St. Petersburg for 2,000 Francs.

Catalogue Note

Accompanied by a Breguet certificate dated 26 August 2019 confirming the sale of No. 4129 to Chez Wenham, St. Petersburg on 13 October, 1826 for 2,000 Francs.

The inking chronograph is believed to have been invented by the Parisian watchmaker Nicholas Matthieu Rieussec (1781-1852) in 1821. Rieussec who was watchmaker to Louis XVIII, developed his chronograph to time horse races, the system allowed a drop of ink to be deposited onto the dial to record different finishing times (see: P. Friess, Patek Philippe Museum, Index Vols III & IV, p.51). Fredrick Louis Fatton, one of Breguet's best workmen, invented and patented his own inking chronograph system two years after Rieussec and this was further perfected by Breguet.

For another similar double dialled inking chronograph watch by Breguet numbered 4168, see: G. Daniels, The Art of Breguet, 1974, p. 269, figs. 324a-b.

Masterworks of Time: Adolf Lange, The Golden Era of Glashütte

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