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    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 326

    Breguet. A fine, rare and unusual chromed and gilt brass desk timepiece with thermometer, barometer and original box

    SIGNED BREGUET, NO. 3296, SOLD IN 1935

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    Breguet. A fine, rare and unusual chromed and gilt brass desk timepiece with thermometer, barometer and original box
    Signed Breguet, No. 3296, sold in 1935
    Mechanical movement, silvered matte dial, Arabic numerals, Breguet hands, centred by a thermometer indicating the temperature in Celsius and in Fahrenheit, barometer with silvered matte dial to the right side, both dials with gilt brass bezels, rectangular case with winder, hour setting and regulator in the back plate, on cylindrical chromed and gilt brass feet, stepped chromed and gilt brass rectangular-shaped base, dial signed and numbered
    204 mm. wide & 117 mm. high


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    With photocopy of Breguet Paris invoice dated 23 May 1996 for a general overhaul of the present desk clock. Furthermore delivered with Breguet, 28 Place Vendôme, Paris original fitted brown leather presentation box.

    According to the Archives of Montres Breguet, the present desk clock was sold in July 1935 to Mr. R. Guerlain. It is furthermore thought to be the only example of such a "pendulette de bureau" or "office clock" with thermometer and barometer ever made by Breguet. Its rarity is further enhanced by its very good overall condition and the original box.

    Although no information is available on Monsieur R. Guerlain, the buyer of this fine timepiece, it can be assumed that it was Raymond Guerlain (1900-1969), designer of the majority of the perfume bottles (most notably Shalimar) of the renowned perfume house Guerlain, founded by Pierre-François Pascal Guerlain in Paris in 1828.

    Amongst Guerlain's famous perfumes feature Mitsouko (1919), meaning "Mystery in Japanese" and said to herald the ending of World War I, and the flagship perfume Shalimar (1925), named after the garden in Srinagar built by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife.