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Breguet

Classique, Ref. 1907BA12 Yellow gold hunting cased minute repeating watch with grande and petite sonnerie, tourbillon and regulator dial Circa 2010 | 寶璣 1907BA12型號「Classique」黃金三問懷錶備陀飛輪及三針一線錶盤,年份約2010

VAT applies to hammer price and buyer's premium

Estimate:

150,000

to
- 300,000 CHF

Breguet

Breguet

Classique, Ref. 1907BA12 Yellow gold hunting cased minute repeating watch with grande and petite sonnerie, tourbillon and regulator dial Circa 2010 | 寶璣 1907BA12型號「Classique」黃金三問懷錶備陀飛輪及三針一線錶盤,年份約2010

Classique, Ref. 1907BA12 Yellow gold hunting cased minute repeating watch with grande and petite sonnerie, tourbillon and regulator dial Circa 2010 | 寶璣 1907BA12型號「Classique」黃金三問懷錶備陀飛輪及三針一線錶盤,年份約2010

Estimate:

150,000

to
- 300,000 CHF

Lot sold:

163,800

CHF

Breguet

Classique, Ref. 1907BA12

Yellow gold hunting cased minute repeating watch with grande and petite sonnerie, tourbillon and regulator dial

Circa 2010

寶璣 1907BA12型號「Classique」黃金三問懷錶備陀飛輪及三針一線錶盤,年份約2010


Dial: silvered

Calibre: manual winding, 43 jewels

Movement number: 0'602

Case: 18k yellow gold, hinged cover and back

Case number: 4'086 T

Dimensions: 58 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement

Box: yes

Papers: yes

Accessories: Breguet Certificate of Origin, presentation case and associated 18k yellow gold chain

MVT: is running at the time of cataloguing and the repeating in phase, having been serviced by Breguet in 2018.

CASE: in very good and attractive condition having been serviced by Breguet. The engine-turning is well-defined and and the hallmarks and engravings very crisp. There is some light surface wear visible with the naked eye.

DIAL: in great condition.


Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.


You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.


Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.


"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."

The estimates for this lot should read CHF 150,000 - CHF 300,000 and not as initially stated in the online catalogue.

With so much focus on buying wristwatches today it is understandable that brands too focus on producing and selling them. It is a rarity, and may surprise some, to see a brand, especially one as significant and prestigious as the Maison Breguet, to offer a highly complicated pocket watch to the market by special request only, and carrying a price tag of one million dollars.


That being said of course Breguets history is a ludicrously rich one and , arguably, the most important pieces in their repertoire are pocket watches. The Classique 1907 then is a hark back to Abraham Louis Breguet himself, a means of keeping the very heart and soul of Breguet alive and a task which they certainly achieve in full force. 


The dial is quintessential Breguet, wonderfully yet simply engine turned, with brushed chapter rings. The time is indicated in regulator format, that being the minutes are indicated separately, around outer the most track, from the hours which are displayed on a subsidiary dial with roman numerals. Through the dial also is a small glimpse of the complexity of this piece. At 5 o'clock an aperture reveals a one minute tourbillon carriage and between seven and nine we see windows displaying two polished hammers which chime the hours, quarter hours and minutes, on demand, and through grand and petite sonnerie striking.


The hunting case too has Breguet’s hallmark style, both the front and back covers are engine turned with a coin edged band housing the hand setting, repeating slide and sonnerie settings. Opening the case back reveals a sapphire crystal display showcasing the superbly finished and fascinatingly complex movement. Comprised of 525 individual pieces and 43 jewels the keyless winding movement will run for 56 hours on a full barrel. 


Of course as a pocket watch it is, potentially, less useful than a wristwatch - though it is exactly this that makes the Classique 1908 truly marvellous. It is a demonstration of skill and artistry for the sake of skill and artistry. It is a tribute to the brand's illustrious heritage and a superb opportunity for a collector to obtain a rare and complex piece that embodies the vision of Abraham Louis Breguet and all that he achieved.