BREGUET [ 寶璣] | A FINE, SMALL AND SLIM GOLD AND SILVER RUBY CYLINDER WATCH WITH SUBSIDIARY HOUR AND MINUTE DIALS, WITH SHORT GOLD CHAIN AND RATCHET KEY NO. 4287 4011, 'PETITE MONTRE SIMPLE TRÈS PLATE' SOLD TO LE COMTE KAROLY ON 22 FEBRUARY 1825 FOR 2,000 FRANCS [ 小型黃金及銀製懷錶備紅寶石工字輪擒縱機芯、小時及分鐘小錶盤，配黃金短錶鏈及棘輪鑰匙，編號4287 4011，1825年2月22日以2,000法郎售予卡羅伊伯爵]
A FINE, SMALL AND SLIM GOLD AND SILVER RUBY CYLINDER WATCH WITH SUBSIDIARY HOUR AND MINUTE DIALS, WITH SHORT GOLD CHAIN AND RATCHET KEY
NO. 4287 4011, 'PETITE MONTRE SIMPLE TRÈS PLATE' SOLD TO LE COMTE KAROLY ON 22 FEBRUARY 1825 FOR 2,000 FRANCS
[ 小型黃金及銀製懷錶備紅寶石工字輪擒縱機芯、小時及分鐘小錶盤，配黃金短錶鏈及棘輪鑰匙，編號4287 4011，1825年2月22日以2,000法郎售予卡羅伊伯爵]
• Movement: gilded, ruby cylinder escapement, flat three-arm gold balance, parachute suspension, regulator with long arm leading to dial indicator
• Dial: silver engine-turned, two subsidiary dials for hours and minutes with satin finished chapter rings and contrasting engine-turned centres, gold moon hands, the minute hand with small off-set setting square to its base, aperture for regulation, satin finished banner signed Breguet
• Case: gold and silver by Tavernier, gold engine-turned bayonet-fitted back, sliding to reveal female winding square, silver band, engine-turned bezel, gold pendant and bow, inside back stamped B 4287 and T 4011, further stamped MAB beneath a triangle within lozenge-shaped cartouche, Paris control marks for 1819-1838
• Key: short gold chain with gold double-ended male and female ratchet key
Accompanied by a Breguet certificate dated 27 January 2020.
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Movement winding but not running. The balance staff may be broken.
Dial has been refreshed in the past and with some small spots.
Case - engine turning to bezel very rubbed. Case back with rubbing to the edges of the engine-turning, some scratches. Silver band tarnished. Scratching to the winding hole cover
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Le Comte Karoly
George Daniels, The Art of Breguet, 1975, p.272, pl.335 a & b
Count Karoly is recorded as staying at Chatsworth, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, on the evening of 20 October 1832, also present was a young Princess Victoria (later Queen Victoria). During the evening, a charade was played after dinner at which Count Karoly played Bluebeard. Following the visit and whilst in her carriage and continuing her Royal Progress, the Princess sketched a portrait from memory of Count Karoly in his Bluebeard costume. The sketch is now part of the Royal Collection Trust. One can't help but wonder if Count Karoly was proudly wearing his Breguet watch during his Chatsworth sojourn.