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Breguet. A fine and rare 18K gold openface minute repeating perpetual calendar chronograph keyless lever watch with phases of the moon and up and down indicator
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Breguet. A fine and rare 18K gold openface minute repeating perpetual calendar chronograph keyless lever watch with phases of the moon and up and down indicator

SIGNED BREGUET, NO. 2795, MANUFACTURED IN 1932 AND SOLD ON 11 JUNE 1932 FOR THE SUM OF 28,500 FRANCS

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Breguet. A fine and rare 18K gold openface minute repeating perpetual calendar chronograph keyless lever watch with phases of the moon and up and down indicator
Signed Breguet, No. 2795, manufactured in 1932 and sold on 11 June 1932 for the sum of 28,500 Francs
With nickel-finished fully jewelled lever movement, bimetallic compensation balance, minute repeating on two polished steel hammers onto two gongs, gold cuvette, the engine-turned two-tone gilt dial with Roman numerals on blank chapter ring, blued steel Breguet hands, fan-shaped aperture for up and down indicator, three subsidiary dials indicating day, month and date combined with constant seconds, phases of the moon and lunar calendar, in circular case with snap on back, repeating slide in the ribbed band, chronograph button in the crown, case and movement numbered, dial signed and numbered
51 mm. diam.
Provenance
The Art of Breguet, Habsburg Geneva, 14 April 1991, lot 129.

Lot Essay

The present watch was made upon special request by the Automobile Club of France and presented in 1932 to their president, the Vicomte de Rohan.

The Vicomte de Rohan, born in 1884, was the descendent of one of the oldest noble families in France. He held an university degree in science but started his career in medicine. During World War I he served as a fighter pilot and was decorated Commander of the Legion of Honor.

In 1928, the Count was nominated President of the French Automobile Club and the National Federation of Automobile Clubs. Active in the international world of motor sports, he played an important role in the development of worldwide motor car regulations and was appointed honorary President of the World Tourism and Automobile Organization as well as the International Automobile Federation.

The ébauche for this unusual watch was supplied by Victorin Piguet and finished by Breguet. The company Victorin Piguet of Le Sentier began making fine ébauches for complicated movements for prestigious firms such as Breguet during the 1920s. Though they never produced watches under their own name, they are associated with the highest quality craftsmanship and most unusual complications.

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