This Souscription set is accompanied by Breguet originally fitted polished walnut casket, lined in paisley pattern fabric and equipped with an electrical winding facility for the wristwatch. The lockable drawer below contains a gilt magnifying glass, a gilt screwdriver, two gold setting pins, one with a short length of chain, a gold chain for the pocket watch, a polishing stick and a spare Breguet black leather strap. Furthermore delivered with the outer cardboard packaging.
The present lot is the only example of a "Souscription" set cased in pink gold and platinum and is furthermore the very first "Souscription" set ever produced, specially made for the "The Art of Breguet" auction in Geneva in 1991.
These sets were made in a strictly limited series of 300 examples, available in pink, white or yellow gold or platinum.
The unique idea of the Souscription watch was first conceived by Abraham Louis Breguet in 1794 during the French Revolution as a method to remain financially stable. A buyer could do a down payment of 25 for a watch of a limited series, with the balance due upon delivery. In this manner, Breguet watches became more accessible and the payments in advance helped finance the development of other projects.
The pocket watch accompanying the set is a replication of Breguet's perpetuelle watch invented in 1791.