Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Mar 11, 2012

LOT 477

BREGUET - A MONSIEUR LE COMTE VLADIMIR KOMAR CARRIAGE CLOCK NO. 5017 Breguet, No. 5017, made between 1831 and 1832, sold on 11 June 1853, for the sum of 4000 Francs. Exceptional and extremely rare, large, gilt bronze carriage clock with grande and petite sonnerie striking, quarter-repeating, pull-wind alarm and calendar. Accompanied by the original gold-tooled red morocco leather fitted travelling box, original Breguet key and a certificate.

CHF 100,000 - 150,000

USD 110,000 - 165,000 / EUR 85,000 - 125,000

Sold: CHF 122,500

C. Multi-piece, gilded bronze, cast and engine-turned, with Corinthian pilasters, glazed sides, back and front doors, oval glazed aperture on the top to view the escapement, four ball fi nials, scroll handle with ball supports, foliate pierced base for sound transmission, chased bun feet. D. White enamel, by Droz, with radial Roman numerals, outer minute track, subsidiary dials for the seconds, days of the months and alarm setting, gilded dial mask fi nely engraved with scrolling foliage. M. Rectangular brass, signed at the base: "Breguet neveu & Compagnie, no. 5017?, with a large single double-ended going barrel driving the going and striking trains, horizontal gilded platform with lateral lever escapement, three-arm bimetallic compensation balance with temperature adjustment screws, with parachute on the top pivot, blued-steel Breguet balance spring, index regulator, striking and quarter-repeating work visible on the back plate, the bells mounted within the base, pull-wind alarm and repeating buttons on the top of the case, petite/grande sonnerie and silence/sonnerie selection levers on the edge of the dial. Dial signed Breguet no. 5017, movement signed Breguet neveu & Compagnie, no. 5017. Dim. 150 x 110 x 80 mm.

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Grading System
Case: 2

Very good

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


This magnifi cent Breguet carriage clock has survived with the original box and key intact. The heavy gilded bronze case is of exceptional quality. According to the Breguet workbooks, this clock was made between 1831 and 1832, remaining in the company's stock for twenty years. It is recorded in the inventory of 1 January 1833, as having an engine-turned silver dial, with a further entry for 22 December 1841 noting that a new dial in enamel by Droz, with the engraved dial plate, had been made to update the clock in the current style. According to the repair books it was overhauled on 5 September 1853, at the request of Count Vladimir Komar.