Please note that as the straps for this wristwatch may be of endangered or protected animal materials, such as crocodile, they are not sold with the watch but are for display purposes only. Christie's will need to remove and retain the straps before collection by the purchaser.
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In 1813 Parisian watchmaker Breguet originally made a complicated pocket watch for Tsar Alexander of Russia - it included a pedometre for measuring his army's marching cadence. At the 2003 Basel World, the company launched a complicated wristwatch based on the original watch. The new version includes a miniature alarm, multiple retrograde hands (hands that return to zero when they reach the end of the dial) and a second time zone indication. With its austere design, the "Réveil du Tsar" beautifully combines elegance and complication.