• Important Watches auction at Christies

    Sale 2735

    Important Watches

    2 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2776

    BREGUET, DOUBLE TOURBILLON, REF. 5347

    RARE AND IMPORTANT PLATINUM MANUALLY-WOUND WRISTWATCH WITH DOUBLE TOURBILLON AND 12 HOUR ROTATING DIAL

    CIRCA 2008

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    BREGUET, DOUBLE TOURBILLON, REF. 5347

    RARE AND IMPORTANT PLATINUM MANUALLY-WOUND WRISTWATCH WITH DOUBLE TOURBILLON AND 12 HOUR ROTATING DIAL
    CIRCA 2008

    Calibre 588, 85 jewels, silvered engine turned rotating dial with visible pair of tourbillon carriages, blued steel hands, bridge painted and formed to act as the hour hand while rotating the dial, large think circular case, semi skeletonised case back engraved to form parts of the Universe, down turned lugs, platinum Breguet buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    Diameter: 45 mm.


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    US$200,000-300,000
    EUR140,000-210,000

    With a Breguet miniature watchmaker desk-shaped presentation box.

    In 1795 Abraham-Louis Breguet invented the tourbillon to counteract the effects of gravitational pull on the escapements of clocks and watches in their constant change of position. The tourbillon invention received its patent from Frances's ministry of the interior on 26th June 1801. This new creation successfully solved the issue of gravitational pull by rotating the entire balance and escapement about their common axis once a minute, averaging out the positional errors by constant rotation.

    The Breguet Double Tourbillon exemplifies Breguet's most important invention. Inspired directly by the principles with which Breguet revolutionized watch making the mechanism consists of the double tourbillon, each working independently from one another. The two tourbillons are coupled by means of differential gears and mounted on a rotating center plate effecting a complete revolution in twelve hours.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF AN ASIAN COLLECTOR