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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 56

    Breguet. A very fine and rare 18K pink gold skeletonized tourbillon wristwatch with original certificate and box

    SIGNED BREGUET, CLASSIQUE COMPLICATIONS MODEL, BREVET DU 7 MESSIDOR AN 9, REF. 3355, MOVEMENT NO. 736, CASE NO. 2404 I, CIRCA 2000

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    Breguet. A very fine and rare 18K pink gold skeletonized tourbillon wristwatch with original certificate and box
    Signed Breguet, Classique Complications model, brevet du 7 messidor an 9, Ref. 3355, movement no. 736, case no. 2404 I, circa 2000
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 558, finely hand-engraved, jewelled, one minute tourbillon carriage combined with fan-form sector for seconds
    DIAL: skeletonised, eccentric time display with Roman and lozenge-shaped numerals on silvered 18K gold chapter ring
    CASE: 18K pink gold, milled band, glazed display snap on back, 36 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial, movement
    BUCKLE: 18K pink gold Breguet deployant clasp
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Breguet Certificate of Origin, Breguet service document dated 31st March 2014, Breguet presentation box and outer packaging


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    The present watch was purchased by its actual owner in 2000 and is preserved in very good, original overall condition. It is from Breguet's "Grandes Complications" series and features three of the master's innumerable inventions: the tourbillon, the Breguet hands and the Breguet balance spring.

    On 10 November 1801, horological legend Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823) received a patent for his ingenious tourbillon invention. Breguet designed the tourbillon (or whirlwind) to compensate for fluctuations and errors in time measurement caused by the position a watch is placed in. For example, watches with traditional movements may keep excellent time when resting on a desk horizontally, but when that same watch is placed vertically in a pocket, gravity affects the frequency or rate of the escapement and thus its accuracy.

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