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Geneva, Dec 08, 2022

LOT 31


CHF 10,000 - 30,000

EUR 10,200 - 30,500 / USD 10,600 - 31,800 / HKD 83,000 - 250,000

Sold: CHF 15,000

Very fine, rare and Large pocket watch, half quarter-repeater with special striking train, Robin detent lever escapement; 18K yellow gold and enamel. Yellow gold, open-face, key-winding, round-shaped, large pocket watch, with subsidiary seconds at 4, special escapement and one horological complication: Half quarter-repeater à toc by one large hammer for the hours (dumb) and on one steel gong by a second small hammer for the half qua rters (activated by depressing the pendant) Three-piece case “Empire” with blue champlevé enamel decoration showing two classical profile busts, allegories of the Sun and the Moon, a winged hourglass between, gold star and crescent moon border; fluted case-band. Gold guilloché (engine-turned) dial with radial Roman numerals on a plain reserve, outer dot minute markers, eccentric subsidiary seconds dial at 4 o’clock; blued steel Breguet hands with skeletonized tip.

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original

Brand Breguet, France

Year Circa 1810

Movement No. 956

Case No. 2223 (by Pierre-Benjamin Tavernier, Paris)

Material 18K yellow gold

Diameter 58 mm.

Caliber 23''', Robin detent lever escapement, gilded brass, skeletonised and partly engraved bridges, free-standing going barrel, Robin detent lever escapement with a roller engaging the fork of the lever (gilded brass wheel), monometallic balance with three arms (gilded brass) and blued steel flat hairspring, index regulator with temperature compensating bimetallic curb

Signature Dial and Cuvette (dome) by Breguet; Movement by Lallemand


It is well recorded that Breguet, from time to time, bought completed movements from top grade watchmakers, notably those who had trained in his workshop, as is the case with Lallemand. Certain of these watches are recorded in a special volume of the archives, this book is extremely difficult to use as they are listed in chronological order and not by their number. Only one volume survives for these watches, known as montres de hazard, covering but a few years. It is very interesting to compare three other watches of a very similar nature that have been sold by Antiquorum, these are signed by other makers but using this type of movement. The present watch is particularly rare as it is actually signed by and sold through Breguet. 1 - October 20, 1991, Lot 311. by Rieussec, Paris, No. 1746, circa 1800. This watch is extremely similar to the present watch including the case by Tavernier and the gold dial. 2 - October 18, 1992, Lot 480. Signed James Foggo, Paris, circa 1810. Foggo was known to produce watches in the style of Breguet and also is likely to have bought his movements from either Lallemand or Rieussec. 3 - October 12, 1996, Lot 339. Signed F. L. Godon, to The King of Spain, the movement signed Lallemand, the blank by Logeat.