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Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 14, 1991

LOT 18

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 - 80,000


Literature: Illustrated and described in G. Daniels, The Art of Breguet, p. 185, fig. 149 a - c. Note: Although invented in France, the duplex escapement was to a great extent used by english watch makers. Very few watches are known by Breguet with such an escapement, and of these the majority are fitted with the double-wheel variant.