204 lots

LOT 1

THE ART OF BREGUET Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 14, 1991

Buyer unknown. Clock, unnumbered, sold before 1780. Gilt bronze and marble striking mantle clock with calendar.

Case: White marble, gilt bronze mounts with garlands of flowers flanked on both sides by volutes with floral urns and cock birds, a bronze putti in the foreground, with urn finial, on eight beaded pattern gilt bronze feet.

Dial: White enamel, signed: "Breguet A Paris", with Arabic hour numerals, and concentric outer date ring. Gilt brass hands of engraved entrelnc form with fleur de lys points.

Movement: Brass with circular plates and two trains, the back plate signed: "Breguet à Paris", anchor escapement with silk suspended plain pendulum, hour and half hour striking on a bell, the star pierced locking-plate visible on the back plate.

In very good condition. Dim. 530 x 420 x 140 mm.

CHF 15,000 - 20000

Sold: CHF 69,000

LOT 2

THE ART OF BREGUET Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 14, 1991

A Monsieur Betancourt. Watch No. 88, constructed between an 4 and an 5 (1796-1797), at a cost of 1378 Francs, sold in an 6 (1798) for an unspecified sum. Silver watch with jump hours, "grande sonnerie" striking and quarter-repeating.

Case: Four body, bassine a filets unique form, by Joly, No. 833. Silver cuvette, signed: "Breguet, No. 88".
Dial: White enamel, with Breguet numerals and slightly off-set subsidiary seconds, (disc possibly replaced), secret signature below "12". Blued-steel Breguet hands with open points. Gilt metal dial plate, signed: "Breguet, No. 88".
Movement: Gilt brass, 22"', full plate caliber, with turned pillars, two trains, cylinder escapement with three-arm plain brass balance. Blued-steel flat balance spring. Unpierced four wheel grande sonnerie striking train, striking on two gongs with three position milled gold button on the pendant, rotated clockwise to release the repeating, and anticlockwise to silence the striking. The middle position engages the strike train.
In good condition. Diam. 59 mm.

CHF 12,000 - 15000

Sold: CHF 25,300

LOT 3

THE ART OF BREGUET Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 14, 1991

Buyer Unknown Watch No.91/122, begun circa 1775, entered in the books on 7 November 1791 under No.122. Gold watch with "à toc" quarter-repeating.

Case: 20 ct., two body polished, by Gustave Mermillod (punched with the mark of the Fermiers Généraux Jean Baptiste Fouache et Dominque Compant, and the date letter "L" in use between 16 July 1774 and 15 July 1775).
Dial: White enamel, signed: "Breguet" with Arabic numerals (small repair on the edge). Gold hands. The gilt metal dial plate engraved: " No.91", the " No. 122", below the front plate under the hammer.
Movement: Gilt brass, full plate caliber, the back signed: "Breguet A Paris, No. 91", with turned Dillars, verge escapement, three-arm plain brass valance, with florally pierced and engraved bridge cock with steel end-plate. Blued-steel flat balance spring. Repeating with two hammers directly on the case by depressing the pendant.
In very good condition Diam. 47 mm.

CHF 30,000 - 40000

Sold: CHF 43,700

LOT 4

THE ART OF BREGUET Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 14, 1991

A Monsieur le Comte le Moine Watch No. 231, entered into the books on 2 January 1793, sold for the sum of 800 Francs, the date of sale not recorded. Silver watch with "à toc" quarter-repeating and unusual month calendar for 31 days. Original Breguet silver short chain and key.

Case: Two body, polished with gold rim, by Joly, No.222 (with the mark of the gold Général Jean François Kalandrin, and the date letter "P" for 1789).
Dial: White enamel, signed: "Breguet", with gilt Breguet numerals and concentric calendar ring ( hair crack and restoration). The calendar hand revolves anti-clockwise, with the number 0 following the 31st. day of the month, positioned below the winding square, and therefore forcibly reminding the user to advance the hand which would otherwise cover the aperture and prevent the watch being rewound. Blued-steel Breguet hands. Gilt dial plate signed: "Breguet àParis No. 231".
Movement: Gilt metal, full plate, signed: "Breguet A Paris No. 231", with turned pillars, verge escapement, three-arm plain brass balance, bric ge-cock pierced and engraved with floral scroll work with polished steel end-piece. Blued-steel flat balance spring. Repeating with two hammers striking directly on the case by depressing the pendant.

In good condition. Diam.53 mm.

CHF 22,000 - 26000

Sold: CHF 27,600

LOT 5

THE ART OF BREGUET Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 14, 1991

A Monsieur E. Ericcen Watch No. 54, sold on 21 Vendémiaire an 11 (13 October 1802), for the sum of 1600 Francs. Gold watch, with jump hours and 10-minute repeating, using both a gong and the case block.

Case: 18 ct., two body, by Jeanneret, engineturned à grains d'orge, with reeded band, the back centred with an engraved monogram surmounted by a count's crown.
Dial: White enamel, by Borel, signed: "Breguet", with Breguet numerals and eccentric subsidiary seconds at "2", secret signature beneath "12" ( small chip). Gilt metal dial plate signed: "Breguet No. 54". Blued-steel Breguet hands.
Movement: Gilt brass, full plate, the inverted caliber similar to that used for the repeating garde-temps, with the barrel retained by a bridge; overhanging ruby cylinder escapement, three-arm plain brass balance, with parachute on the top pivot. Blued-steel flat balance spring with bimetallic compensation curb mounted on the regulator. Repeating the hours à toc, the hammer striking directly on the case, the same hammer striking the "10" minutes on a polished steel gong fixed to the interior of the case.
In good condition. Diam. 57 mm.

CHF 40,000 - 45000

LOT 6

THE ART OF BREGUET Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 14, 1991

Aux Frères Chaudoir Watch No. 55, sold on 29 Pluviose an 10 (18 February 1802). Gold watch, with jump hours and 10- minute repeating, using both a gong and the case block.

Case: 18 ct., two body, by Mermillod, No. 882, engine-turned ô grains d'orge, the back with an oval blank reserve.
Dial: White enamel, by Borel, signed: "Breguet", with Breguet numerals and subsidiary seconds at "2", secret signature below "12" (virtually invisible hair cracks). Gilt brass dial plate signed: "Breguet, No. 55". Gold Breguet hands.
Movement: Gilt brass, inverted full plate caliber of the type used for repeating garde-temps watches, the back plate relieved for the barrel which is retained by a bridge; overhanging ruby cylinder escapement, three-arm plain brass balance, with parachute on the top pivot. Bluedsteel flat balance spring with bimetallic compensation curb on the regulator. Hour repeating à toc, with single hammer striking directly on the case, the same hammer striking the 10 minutes on a blued-steel gong fixed to the interior of the case.
In good condition. Diam. 57 mm.

CHF 40,000 - 50000

Sold: CHF 55,200

LOT 7

THE ART OF BREGUET Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 14, 1991

A Monsieur Groi Watch No. 149bis, sold to London in February 1792. Gold watch with dumb quarter-repeating and special escapement.

Case: 18 ct., polished, two body, with invisible hinges and fixed bezel, by Decombaz, No. 614. Gilt metal cuvette hinged to the movement, and signed: "Breguet, No. 149 bis", with instructions for winding and hand setting. Protecting case covered in green dyed fish-skin.
Dial: White enamel, by Decombaz, signed: " Breguet à Paris", and on the back: No. 614, with Arabic numerals. Gold Breguet hands.
Movement: Gilt brass, 21-, Lépine caliber, with free standing barrel, wolf's-teeth, virgule escapement, three-arm plain brass balance. Blued-steel flat balance spring with index regulator. Repeating on the case with a large single polished hammer, by depressing the pendant.
In very good condition. DIam. 62 mm.

CHF 50,000 - 60000

Sold: CHF 63,250

LOT 8

THE ART OF BREGUET Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 14, 1991

A Monsieur le Comte Journiac St. Méard "Perpétuelle" watch No. 5, begun on 4 April 1787, the construction interrupted during the Revolution but restarted in 1792; finished and sold on 24 Ventose an 2 (14 March 1794), for the sum of 3600 Francs. Gold self- winding watch with "à toc" quarterrepeating, constructed on the principals of the " garde-temps", with phases and age of the moon, and winding indicator.

Case: 20 ct., two body, by Mermillod, No. 74. engine-turned à grains d'orge .
Dial: Engine-turned silver, by Tavernier, signed: " Breguet", with Roman numerals on a plain reserve, subsidiary seconds with sector for the up-and-down scale calibrated for 60 hours, aperture for the phases of the moon, the age engraved on the edge. Blued-steel Breguet hands. Dial plate in gilt metal , signed: "Breguet, No.5".
Movement: Gilt brass, 19.5"', full plate caliber, relieved for the escapement, two going-barrels, self-winding with an oscillating ogival platinum weight, pivoted on the edge of the back plate and locked automatically by a rising pawl when fully wound, or at-will by a small lever in the edge of the dial plate, the banking springs attached to the interior of the case. Five-wheel train with an intermediate wheel to enable a 60 hour going period. Straight line lever escapement, the fork with vertical pins. Bimetallic four-arm compensation balance, the two segment rim with the timing weights threaded onto the ends in the manner of Arnold, and conventional adjusting screws, with parachutes on both pivots. Bluedsteel helical balance spring with terminal curves and regulator adjusted by a rack and micrometer through the edge of the dial plate. Dumb repeating with a single hammer, by pull-twist piston in the pendant.
In very good condition. Diam. 54 mm.

CHF 450,000 - 550000

Sold: CHF 512,250

LOT 9

THE ART OF BREGUET Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 14, 1991

A Monsieur de Castellane "Perpétuelle" watch No.26, sold on 27 February 1792, for the sum of 3300 Francs. Gold self-winding watch, with "à toc" quarterrepeating and winding indicator, constructed on the principals of the "garde-temps".

Case: 20 ct., polished, two body, by Mermillod, typical of the first series of perpétuelle watches.
Dial: White enamel, by Droz, signed: "Breguet", with Breguet numerals, five-minute divisions marked by fleur de lys, the minutes by small stars, subsidiary seconds and a sector for the up-anddown scale calibrated to 60 hours. Blued-steel Breguet hands.
Movement: Gilt brass, 19.5"', signed on the edge of the dial plate: "Inventé par Breguet à Paris, No. 26", full plate caliber, the back relieved for the escapement, two barrels wound automatically by an oscillating platinum weight of ogival form and pivoted on the edge of the back plate. The weight locked by a rising pawl when fully wound, the arc limiting spring fitted to the edge of the case. Fivewheel train, unjewelled, with an intermediate wheel to provide a 60 hour going period. Experimental lateral lever escapement, without draw, with gold lever, steel pallets with enclosed pallet jewels, and double roller with integral arc limiting slots, additional banking pins mounted on the watch plate. Arnold type two-arm bimetallic compensation balance with the adjusting weights threaded onto the ends of the rim. Blued-steel flat balance spring with micrometer regulator adjustable through the edge of the dial plate. The seconds hand can be unclutched at-will for exact time setting by means of a push-pin through the edge of the dial plate. Dumb repeating on the case with a single hammer by depressing the pendant.
In very good condition. Diam. 53 mm.

CHF 400,000 - 500000

Sold: CHF 336,250

LOT 10

THE ART OF BREGUET Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 14, 1991

Au Général Bonaparte Clock No. 178, sold on 5 Floréal an 6 (24 April 1798), for the sum of 1500 Francs. Small gilt bronze travelling clock with quarterrepeating and almanac calendar.

Case: Multi-piece, glazed sides with back and front doors, flanked by Doric pilasters, the frame engraved with foliage and flower motifs on a hatched ground, simple bow pattern handle, four turned finials and standing on chased bun feet.
Dial: Silver, with Roman numerals and a large concentric aperture for the engraved silver moon phase disc, the age engraved on the border. Blued-steel Breguet hands. Gilt-metal dial mask, engraved with scrollwork and signed : "Breguet, No. 178", with apertures for days of the week, date and months of the year, a small engraved sector at the top right for slow/fast regulation.
Movement: 8-day with rectangular brass plates, straight line lever escapement with large threearm plain brass balance with steel timing screws. Blued-steel Breguet balance spring with bimetallic compensation curb on the regulator. Pump-wound quarter-repeating on two bells with the plunger on the top of the case.
In good condition. Dim. 110 x78 x 58 mm.

CHF 400,000 - 500000

Sold: CHF 798,250

LOT 11

THE ART OF BREGUET Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 14, 1991

A Monsieur Von Humboldt "Garde-temps" No. 147, sold in 1805 ,for the sum of 960 Francs. Silver "garde-temps" watch.

Case: Three body, polished, of collier form, by Tavernier, No. 470. Gilt brass cuvette signed: " Breguet, No. 147".
Dial: White enamel, by Borel, regulator type, signed: "Breguet", and "No. 15", small eccentric hour ring with Breguet numerals, subsidiary seconds below and concentric outer minute ring. Blued-steel Breguet hands.
Movement: Gilt brass, 24"', the barrel retained by a bridge signed: "Breguet, No. 147", with inverted fusee and maintaining power, Arnold type spring detent escapement with bimetallic compensaiton balance, gold adjusting screws with parachute on both pivots. Free sprung, the helical balance spring with terminal curves.
In very good condition. Diam. 61 mm.

CHF 250,000 - 300000

Sold: CHF 281,250

LOT 12

THE ART OF BREGUET Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 14, 1991

A Monsieur Maleszewski "Souscription" watch No. 258, delivered on 24 Thermidor an 7 (11 August 1799). Gold and silver "souscription" watch with single hand.

Case: 18 ct., three body, collier form, by Mermillod, No. 371, in silver, engine-turned à grains d'orge, with rims in gold, the reeded band with monogram "S" in blue champlevé enamel on a circular gold plaque, affixed to the middle of the back.
Dial: White enamel, by Borel, No. 28, signed: " Breguet", with Breguet numerals and secret signature under "12". Blued-steel souscription hand with tapered point.
Movement: Gilt brass, 25"' signed: "Breguet, No. 258", of experimental caliber, as used by Breguet for the first souscription watches, with central barrel, retained along with the wheels by a single plate. Overhanging ruby cylinder escapement with gilt brass escape wheel, threearm plain brass balance. Blued -steel flat balance spring with bimetallic compensation curb on the regulator.
In good condition. Diam. 61 mm.

CHF 25,000 - 30000

Sold: CHF 34,500

LOT 13

THE ART OF BREGUET Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 14, 1991

A Monsieur le Duc de Praslin Watch No. 443, sold on 22 Ventose an 7, (12 March 1799) for the sum of 600 Francs. Silver "souscription" watch.

Case: Three body, collier form, by Mermillot, No. 164, engine-turned n grains d'orge, with the joints and bow in gold, a very small monogram engraved in the centre of the back.
Dial: White enamel, signed: "Breguet", with Breguet numerals, secret signature beneath "12" ( some scratches). Blued-steel souscription hand.
Movement: Gilt brass, 25"', signed: "Breguet, No.443", souscription caliber with central barrel, overhanging ruby cylinder escapement, three-arm plain brass balance, with parachute on the top pivot. Flat balance spring with bimetallic compensation curb on the index regulator.
In good condition, with a green leather fitted case from Chaumet. Diam. 61 mm.

CHF 25,000 - 30000

Sold: CHF 34,500

LOT 14

THE ART OF BREGUET Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 14, 1991

A Monsieur le Duc D'Aussana Watch No. 115, sold on 29 Vendémiaire an 8 (21 October 1799), for the sum of 2800 Francs. Gold watch with "à toc" quarter-repeating, constructed on the principals of the "gardetemps".

Case: 18 ct., three body polished, by Bapst, of typical garde-temps form, the back with a monogram "A.B.", surmounted by a ducal crown. Gilt metal cuvette signed: "Breguet, No. 115".
Dial: White enamel by Cavé, signed: "Breguet", with Breguet numerals, and early style "star" minute marks, subsidiary seconds, secret signature below "12" (small hairlines). Blued-steel Breguet hands.
Movement: Gilt brass, 22"', the dial plate signed: "Breguet, No. 115", full plate caliber with turned pillars, straight line lever escapement without draw of the first type, with jewelled pallets, slotted escape wheel teeth, three-arm bimetallic compensation balance of Arnold type, with the adjusting weights threaded onto the end of rim segments. Blued-steel helical balance spring with double terminal curves. Dumb repeating with a single hammer armed by depressing the pendant, with the speed adjustable by a small lever in the band.
In good condition. Diam. 55 mm.

CHF 70,000 - 90000

LOT 15

THE ART OF BREGUET Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 14, 1991

A Monsieur Pargaise Watch No. 173, begun in Brumaire an 4 (October 1795) finished in September 1796, sold circa 1800, for the sum of 1736 Francs. Silver cased clockwatch with quarter-repeating and jump hour hand.

Case: Three body, polished, by Amy Gros, in the style of the first ,garde-temps. Gilt metal cuvette signed: "Breguet".
Dial: White enamel signed: "Breguet", with Breguet numerals ( small hair lines), secret signature below "12". Gilt metal dial plate signed: "Breguet No. 173". Blued-steel Breguet hands.
Movement: Gilt metal, 21-, full plate, with two trains, overhanging ruby cylinder escapement, three-arm plain brass balance. Blued-steel flat balance spring with bimetallic compensation curb on the regulator. Quarter-striking train with fixed barrel striking on two rectangular section short gongs mounted on the back plate. Quarterrepeating by releasing the strike train.
In good condition. Diam. 58 mm.

CHF 40,000 - 45000

LOT 16

THE ART OF BREGUET Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 14, 1991

A Monsieur l'Ambassadeur Turc. Watch No 248, sold in l'an 6 (1797 - 98), for the sum of 1200 Francs. Silver pair-cased coach watch with pull quarterrepeating and alarm. Decorated wood hanging stand.

Case: Three body, by Tavernier, No. 1313, the back pierced with roundels. The pair-case shellcovered (old cracks) with pin- work decoration.
Dial: White enamel, by Coteau, signed: "Breguet", with Turkish numerals. Blued-steel Breguet hands and concentric alarm pointer. Gilt metal dial plate, signed: "Breguet à Paris, No. 248".
Movement: Gilt brass, full plate caliber with tapered pillars, the back plate signed: "Breguet, No. 248", with verge escapement, three-arm plain brass balance, French cock pierced and engraved with scroll work, with polished steel end piece. Fixed barrel for the alarm and pull-wind repeating with two hammers on a large bell.
In good condition. Diam. 110 mm.

CHF 35,000 - 45000

Sold: CHF 57,500

LOT 17

THE ART OF BREGUET Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 14, 1991

A Monsieur Julliot Watch No. 647, sold on 11 Ventose an 9 (2 March 1801), for the sum of 2400 Francs. Gold watch with "grande" and "petite" sonnerie striking and quarter-repeating.

Case: 18 ct.,polished, three body with concealed hinges, by Amy Gros, No. 647. Gilt metal cuvette, signed: "Breguet, No. 647".
Dial: White enamel, by Borel, signed: "Breguet", with Breguet numerals, and secret signature below "12". Blued-steel Breguet hands.
Movement: Gilt brass 22" full plate caliber, two train with turned pillars, signed on the dial plate: " Breguet No. 647", overhanging ruby cylinder escapement and three-arm plain brass balance. Blued-steel balance spring with bimetallic compensation curb on the regulator. Grande/ petite striking on two blued-steel gongs with sonnerie / silence and grnnde/ petite select levers in the edge of the dial plate. Seperate quarter-repeating train, by depressing the pendant, with locking lever on the front bezel.
In very good condition. Red leather fitted case by Desoutter. Diam. 58 mm.

CHF 60,000 - 80000

Sold: CHF 69,000

LOT 18

THE ART OF BREGUET Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 14, 1991

A Monsieur le Général Marcoff Watch No. 869, sold on 24 Brumaire an 12 ( 16 November 1803), for the sum of 1800 Francs, the account paid on 26 Nivose an 12 (17 January 1804). Gold watch with "à toc" quarter-repeating.

Case: 18 ct., three body, by Tavernier, No. 869, of the type used for the perpétuelles and first gardetemps, with fluted band, the back engine-turned à grains d'orge, and engraved in the centre with the monogram "C.J.M.". Gilt brass cuvette signed: " Breguet, No. 869".
Dial: White enamel, by Borel, signed: "Breguet", with Breguet numerals and subsidiary seconds, secret signature below "12" ( hair lines and a small restoration on the edge concealed by the bezel). Blued-steel Breguet hands.
Movement: Gilt brass, 22"', signed: "Breguet, No.869", full plate with turned pillars, fusee and chain, double wheel duplex escapement, the wheels in steel. Three-arm plain brass balance, with parachute on the top pivot. Blued-steel flat spring with bimetallic compensation curb on the regulator. Repeating with two hammers on the edge of the case by depressing the pendant.
In good condition. Diam. 55 mm.

CHF 60,000 - 80000

LOT 19

THE ART OF BREGUET Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 14, 1991

Case: 18 ct., four body, collier form, by Amy Gros,No. 3893, engine-turned à grains d'orge. Gold cuvette signed: "Breguet No. 514".
Dial: White enamel, by Borel, signed: "Breguet", with Breguet numerals, concentric calendar ring and secret signature below "12". Blued-steel Breguet hands.
Movement: Gilt metal, 21-, Lepine caliber with free standing barrel, overhanging ruby cylinder escapement, three-arm plain brass balance, with unusual style parachute on the top pivot. Bluedsteel flat balance spring with bimetallic compensation curb on the regulator. Repeating on two gongs with two hammers, with pull-twist piston in the pendant.
In good condition. Diam. 54 mm.

CHF 35,000 - 40000

Sold: CHF 36,800

LOT 20

THE ART OF BREGUET Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 14, 1991

Buyer unknown Watch No. 1388, Etablissement Mixte de Breguet, circa 1815. Gold watch with quarter-repeating.

Case: 18 ct., four body, Empire form, with bombé reeded band, the back engine-turned à grains d' orge. Gilt metal cuvette signed: "Etablissement Mixte de Breguet, No. 1388".
Dial: White enamel, with Breguet numerals. Blued-steel Breguet hands.
Movement: Gilt brass, 21-, bar caliber, with free standing barrel, cylinder escapement with threearm plain brass balance with parachute on the top pivot. Blue-steel flat balance spring with bimetallic compensation curb on the regulator. Repeating on two gongs with two hammers, the pull-twist piston in the pendant.
In very good condition. Diam. 55 mm.

CHF 8,000 - 12000

Sold: CHF 20,700