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BREGUET. A VERY FINE, RARE AND ATTRACTIVE 18K WHITE GOLD AND BAGUETTE-CUT DIAMOND-SET SEMI-SKELETONIZED CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH PRECIOUS STONESCERTIFICATE AND BOX
BREGUET. A VERY FINE, RARE AND ATTRACTIVE 18K WHITE GOLD AND BAGUETTE-CUT DIAMOND-SET SEMI-SKELETONIZED CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH PRECIOUS STONESCERTIFICATE AND BOX
BREGUET. A VERY FINE, RARE AND ATTRACTIVE 18K WHITE GOLD AND BAGUETTE-CUT DIAMOND-SET SEMI-SKELETONIZED CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH PRECIOUS STONESCERTIFICATE AND BOX
BREGUET. A VERY FINE, RARE AND ATTRACTIVE 18K WHITE GOLD AND BAGUETTE-CUT DIAMOND-SET SEMI-SKELETONIZED CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH PRECIOUS STONESCERTIFICATE AND BOX
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Many of the watches offered for sale in this catal… Read more BREGUETRef. 5238 Classique Skeletonized Chronograph Set with 96 Baguette-Cut Diamonds The Property of an Important Middle Eastern Collector
BREGUET. A VERY FINE, RARE AND ATTRACTIVE 18K WHITE GOLD AND BAGUETTE-CUT DIAMOND-SET SEMI-SKELETONIZED CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH PRECIOUS STONESCERTIFICATE AND BOX

SIGNED BREGUET, CLASSIQUE MODEL, REF. 5238BB/10/9V6/DD00, CASE NO. 2523AE, CIRCA 2008

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BREGUET. A VERY FINE, RARE AND ATTRACTIVE 18K WHITE GOLD AND BAGUETTE-CUT DIAMOND-SET SEMI-SKELETONIZED CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH PRECIOUS STONESCERTIFICATE AND BOX
Signed Breguet, Classique Model, Ref. 5238BB/10/9V6/DD00, Case No. 2523AE, Circa 2008
Movement: cal. 533 SQ, manual, 21 jewels, signed
Dial: signed
Case: glazed display back secured by seven screws, 40 mm. diam., signed
With: 18K white gold Breguet deployant clasp, Breguet Precious Stones certificate, instruction manual, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.
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This endangered species strap is shown for display purposes only and is not for sale. The watch will be supplied with a calf leather strap.

Set with an impressive 96 baguette-cut diamonds weighing approximately 13 carats, the present timepiece is part of the Classique collection of Breguet and showcases the savoir-faire and versatility of the manufacture in producing modern wristwatches.

An imposing statement, the chronograph showcases the expertise of the manufacture through its movement, skeletonized and finely engraved in the typical Breguet manner. Paying tribute to the firm’s heritage of manufacturing and selling chronographs, the calibre pays homage to the vision of A-L Breguet as well as his inventions, notably his chronomètre à double secondes, dit observation developed in 1820, or his later inking chronographs, made in 1822 in collaboration with Frederick Fatton.

The Precious Stone certificate confirms the clarity IF-VVS-1 of the diamonds, colour Top Wesselton.

In excellent condition, the timepiece is a great example of the reference, with a well preserved case free of blemishes or shocks attesting of the care and admiration the current owner devoted to the timepiece.

Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823)
Breguet was born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, but it was in Paris that he spent most of his productive life. No aspect of watchmaking escaped his study, and his inventions were as fundamental to horology as they were varied. His career started with a series of breakthroughs: the development of the successful self-winding perpétuelle watches, the introduction of the gongs for repeating watches and the first shock-protection for balance pivots.

Louis XVI and his Queen, Marie-Antoinette, were early enthusiasts of Breguet's watchmaking. Each watch from his workshops demonstrated the latest horological improvements in an original movement, mostly fitted with lever or ruby-cylinder escapements that he perfected. Breguet took refuge in Switzerland from the perils of the French Revolution. He returned to Paris overflowing with the ideas that produced the Breguet balance-spring, his first carriage clock (sold to Bonaparte), the "sympathique" clock and its dependent watch, the tact watch, and finally the tourbillon, patented in 1801.

Breguet became the indispensable watchmaker to the scientific, military, financial and diplomatic elites of the age. His timepieces ruled the courts of Europe. For his most celebrated clients, Breguet designed exceptional timepieces. For Caroline Murat, queen of Naples, he conceived in 1810 the world's very first wristwatch. Honours saluted his enormous contribution to horology. Appointed to the Board of Longitude and as chronometer-maker to the navy, he entered the Academy of Sciences and received the Legion of Honour from the hands of Louis XVIII.

When he died in 1823, all mourned the architect of the greatest revolution in the science and art of time-keeping.

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