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Hong Kong, Mar 03, 2021

LOT 299

Small pocket watch, eccentric dial; 18K gold and enamel

HKD 47,000 - 66,000

CHF 5,500 - 7,600 / EUR 5,000 - 7,000 / USD 6,100 - 8,500

18K gold and enamel, open-face, key-winding, round-shaped, small “Médaillon à la Breguet”-type pocket watch.

“Collier”-type case with fluted case-band. Case-back decorated with a geometric motif forming a sunburst, with a white enamel medallion in the centre, encircled in black, with the cypher “J P B”; the rim decorated en suite with a frieze.

Gold guilloché (engine-turned) dial with a small eccentric time-dial at 6 o’clock and within a circumferential sector, engraved in taille-douce (fine-cut), the motto “La Mejor es la del olvido de las disgracias” (The best [hour] is the time to forget about the disgraces / misfortunes).

Movement 9’’’ ½, gilded brass, going barrel, cylinder escapement, monometallic balance and blued steel flat hairspring, polished steel index-regulator.

Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3


Movement: 3 *
Dial: 3-01-04


HANDS Original


Brand Unsigned, Paris

Year circa 1805

Movement No. unnumbered

Case No.  2 584 (by Pierre-Benjamin Tavernier, master case-maker, Paris)

Material 18K gold and enamel

Diameter 38.2 mm.

Caliber 9’’’ ½, cylinder escapement


The date of manufacture of this watch can be given with some accuracy by comparing the production dates of Jean-Pierre Tavernier’s cases ordered by Abraham-Louis Breguet. We can mention, as an example, various “medallion”-type watches:

· Breguet No. 2 008, case No. 2 595, sold to Prince Grassilovill on November 12, 1806 (Antiquorum, Geneva, auction, April 2, 2006, lot 355).
· Breguet No. 2 053, case No. 2 634, sold to Mr. Aufresne, one of Breguet’s commercial agents for Poland and Russia, on August 25, 1807 (Antiquorum, Geneva, auction, October 19, 2002, lot 112).