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BREGUET. AN EXTREMELY FINE AND VERY RARE, 18K GOLD QUARTER REPEATING HUNTER CASED WATCH WITH DAYS OF THE WEEK AND DATE CALENDAR, RUBY CYLINDER ESCAPEMENT, SHORT CHAIN AND KEY
BREGUET. AN EXTREMELY FINE AND VERY RARE, 18K GOLD QUARTER REPEATING HUNTER CASED WATCH WITH DAYS OF THE WEEK AND DATE CALENDAR, RUBY CYLINDER ESCAPEMENT, SHORT CHAIN AND KEY
BREGUET. AN EXTREMELY FINE AND VERY RARE, 18K GOLD QUARTER REPEATING HUNTER CASED WATCH WITH DAYS OF THE WEEK AND DATE CALENDAR, RUBY CYLINDER ESCAPEMENT, SHORT CHAIN AND KEY
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BREGUETNO. 2462 'MONTRE PLAT A REPETITION ET A QUANTIEME'
BREGUET. AN EXTREMELY FINE AND VERY RARE, 18K GOLD QUARTER REPEATING HUNTER CASED WATCH WITH DAYS OF THE WEEK AND DATE CALENDAR, RUBY CYLINDER ESCAPEMENT, SHORT CHAIN AND KEY

SIGNED BREGUET ET FILS, 'MONTRE PLAT A REPETITION ET A QUANTIEME', NO. 2462, CASE NO. 3057, SOLD ON 12 OCTOBER 1811 TO LE PRINCE D'ESPAGNE A VALENCAY FOR THE SUM OF 3600 FRANCS

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BREGUET. AN EXTREMELY FINE AND VERY RARE, 18K GOLD QUARTER REPEATING HUNTER CASED WATCH WITH DAYS OF THE WEEK AND DATE CALENDAR, RUBY CYLINDER ESCAPEMENT, SHORT CHAIN AND KEY
SIGNED BREGUET ET FILS, 'MONTRE PLAT A REPETITION ET A QUANTIEME', NO. 2462, CASE NO. 3057, SOLD ON 12 OCTOBER 1811 TO LE PRINCE D'ESPAGNE A VALENCAY FOR THE SUM OF 3600 FRANCS
Movement: manual, jewelled to the centre, ruby cylinder escapement, pare-chute suspension, repeating with a single hammer on a single gong activated by depressing a pull-and-twist piston in the pendant
Dial: silver with large subsidiary date dial, further subsidiary dials for the seconds and days of the week, signed
Case: no. 3057 by Pierre Benjamin Tavernier, engine turned ‘grains d’orge’, numbered and punched with Tavernier’s mark, 45 mm. diam., hinged gold cuvette
With: Breguet Certificate no. 3149, dated 24 April 1967, gold Breguet short chain and key

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Part of one of the world’s great horological collections, the present watch has exalted European noble provenance and is an epitome of Breguet's work, a highlight for the enthusiast of outstanding timepieces.

This fine and technically superior repeating watch of very high-grade and finish, was sold for the large sum of 3600 Francs in 1811, Its hunter case no. 3057 was made by Pierre Benjamin Tavernier, one of Breguet's best early workers and more frequently used by him than any other case maker. The fine engine turned silver dial is unusual in displaying the functions symmetrically, the large chapter ring at the top shows the date and the two dials below show constant seconds and days of the week.

‘Le Prince d’Espagne à Valençay’ to whom the present watch was sold is likely to be Fernando VII of Spain (1784-1833). Fernando was the king of Spain from 1808, succeeding Carlos IV and preceeding Jose I, he was King again from 11 December 1813 to 29 September 1833, succeeding Jose I of Spain and preceding Isabella II. His reign saw Spain ally with the United Kingdom and Portugal to fight a war against the occupying forces of the First French Empire during the Peninsular War. After Napoléon gave the Kingdom of Spain to his brother Joseph Bonaparte, the Crown Prince Don Fernando was kept in detention in the Talleyrand's castle in Valençay, from where he bought several watches, including the present watch, from Breguet.

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