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Louis Audemars made for Breguet. A fine and small 18K gold hunter case quarter repeating perpetual calendar keyless lever watch with phases of the moon
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Louis Audemars made for Breguet. A fine and small 18K gold hunter case quarter repeating perpetual calendar keyless lever watch with phases of the moon

SIGNED LOUIS AUDEMARS, NO. 12158 AND BREGUET, NO. 4269, MANUFACTURED IN 1873, SOLD TO BREGUET AND FINISHED ON 5 SEPTEMBER 1885

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Louis Audemars made for Breguet. A fine and small 18K gold hunter case quarter repeating perpetual calendar keyless lever watch with phases of the moon
Signed Louis Audemars, No. 12158 and Breguet, No. 4269, manufactured in 1873, sold to Breguet and finished on 5 September 1885
Cal. 14''' gilt brass lever movement, 32 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, wolf's tooth winding, quarter repeating on two polished steel hammers onto two gongs, gold cuvette, the white enamel dial with Roman numerals, outer Arabic five minute divisions, blued steel spade hands, four subsidiary dials indicating month, day, date and phases of the moon combined with lunar calendar and constant seconds, in small circular case with engine-turned covers, repeating slide in the band, case stamped LA and numbered 12158, cuvette signed Breguet, No. 4269
38 mm. diam.
Provenance
The Art of Breguet, Habsburg Geneva 14 April 1991, lot 108.
Literature
Described and illustrated in Louis Benjamin Audemars - His Life and Work by Hartmut Zantke, p. 335 and listed in the Index of movement numbers on p. 180.

Lot Essay

The present watch is one of the smallest pocketwatches featuring a perpetual calendar and repeating mechanism known to date. As stated in Hartmut Zantke's work, the ébauche was manufactured by Louis Audemars around 1873 and sold to Breguet.

Breguet finished the watch on 5 September 1885 and sold it on 29 December 1885 for the amount of 2,500 Francs to Mir et Cottereau, their agent in Constantinople at the end of the 19th century.
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