Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

New York, Sep 15, 2010

LOT 343

Breguet - Platinum - Skeletonized - Perpetual - Tourbillon Breguet, "Tourbillon Skeleton Perpetual" No. 559, Movement No. 3957, Ref. 3755. Made in 2008, sold July 29th, 2009. Very fine, rare and important limited series platinum cased wristwatch with skeletonized pink movement, visible one-minute tourbillon regulator, perpetual calendar with retrograde date and a platinum Breguet deployant clasp. Accompanied by the original fitted wooden box, Certificate of Origin, Warranty, instruction manual and a spare strap.

USD 95,000 - 125,000

EUR 72,000 - 95,000 / CHF 100,000 - 130,000

Sold: USD 116,500

C. Three-body, solid, polished, rounded bezel, reeded band with inset calendar adjusters, straight lugs with screw bars, transparent case back, sapphire crystals. D. Skeletonized with off-center silver ring dial, painted radial Roman numerals for the hours, minutes and concentric upper half retrograde date, silver ring dials for the months at 3 combined with leap year indicator and the days of the week at 9, retrograde 30-seconds graduation at 6, aperture for the tourbillon cage with handengraved steel bridge carrying a blued steel double seconds hand at 6. Blued steel Breguet, arrow and serpentine hands. M. Cal.13''', pink gold plated brass skeletonized and hand engraved, 21 jewels, lateral lever escapement with one-minute tourbillon regulator with polished steel arms, monometallic balance, self-compensating Breguet balance spring. Dial and case signed. Diam. 40 mm. Thickness 10 mm.

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Grading System
Case: 2

Very good

Movement: 1

As new

Dial: 1-01

As new

HANDS Original


What is a Perpetual Calendar? A perpetual calendar is a calendar mechanism which, unlike a simple calendar, automatically adjusts to the correct day of the month by accounting for the varying durations of each month, as well as self-correcting for the 29th of February during leap years. Audemars Piguet are said to have been the first to produce wristwatches with perpetual calendar and moon phases, in 1924. In 1925, Patek Philippe modified a lady?s pendant watch with perpetual calendar to produce the world?s first instantaneous changing perpetual calendar wristwatch with leap year indication.