Breguet. A fine 18K gold quarter repeating openface cylinder watch
Breguet. A fine 18K gold quarter repeating openface cylinder watch

SIGNED BREGUET, NO. 2846, CIRCA 1814

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Breguet. A fine 18K gold quarter repeating openface cylinder watch
Signed Breguet, No. 2846, circa 1814
With gilt-finished cylinder movement, plain three arm brass balance with parachute on the top pivot, blued steel flat balance spring, quarter repeating on two hammers, gold cuvette, the white enamel dial with Arabic numerals, blued steel Breguet hands, in plain case with ribbed band, repeating through the pendant, together with Breguet Certificate No. 3998, custom made burgundy leather presentation box with spare crystal, case numbered, cuvette signed and numbered
49 mm. diam.

Lot Essay

This watch was sold to Prince Frédéric-Guillaume-Louis de Prusse, second son of the King, on 3 May 1814 for 1248 Francs.

Frederic William Louis IV, King of Prussia, was born in Berlin on 15 October 1795. As a result of his promise to introduce reforms, a committment he did not uphold, his accession to the throne in 1840 was greeted with enthusiasm. Forced to enact a more liberal constitution, he then continued to modify the terms. He prefered the politics of a "Little Germany" as proposed by his minister Radewitz and refused to accept the Imperial Crown offered to him by the Frankfurt Assembly in 1849.

In 1858, due to illness, he renounced to the throne in favour of his brother Wilhelm I and died in Potsdam in 1861.
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