Breguet. A fine 18K gold wristwatch with tourbillonClassique, Ref:5357, Movement No. 1276, Watch No. 4117
Lot 139
Breguet. A fine 18K gold wristwatch with tourbillonClassique, Ref:5357, Movement No. 1276, Watch No. 4117
Sold for US$ 74,500 inc. premium
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Breguet. A fine 18K gold wristwatch with tourbillon
Classique, Ref:5357, Movement No. 1276, Watch No. 4117
21-jewel Cal. 558.1 position adjusted gilt movement with scroll engraved backplate, visible polished steel tourbillon carriage for the right angle lever escapement, monometallic balance, polished spring with Breguet overcoil, applied blued steel cursive "B" serving as second hand, guilloché silvered gold dial with eccentric recessed polished roman chapter ring bearing secret signature, blued Breguet hands, within a circular exhibition case with convex bezel, tab lugs with screwed bars, maker's leather strap and gold deployant buckle, together with original packaging, wood display box, instructions, wallet with guarantee. 39mm


  • Among the most remarkable pieces from this distinguished collection are four wristwatches that incorporate a "tourbillon" carriage. These include the present lot and lots 148, 161 and 163.

    First designed in the 1790's, by the inventive French watchmaker Abraham – Louis Breguet, the "tourbillon" or "whirlwind" as rendered into English, remains to this day the most sophisticated precision time keeping device ever constructed. It remains synonymous with his name.

    Patented in 1801, but not produced until 1805, the tourbillon is intended to remove timekeeping errors resulting from the changes in position a watch will experience when carried about in daily use. As it ticks, the escapement, mounted in its tourbillon carriage, revolves inside the watch canceling out the effect of motion on the watch.

    The tourbillon proved so difficult and time consuming to make that between 1805 and his death in 1823, Breguet produced only 35 examples. Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries other watchmakers occasionally made a tourbillon to demonstrate their technical virtuosity. However, it was placed in only a handful of superb pocket watches. Today these are among the most prized possessions of any collection.

    The recent re emergence of the mechanical watch as a work of art, prompted modern watchmakers to re introduce the tourbillon as a feature of their most sophisticated wristwatches. The House of Breguet placed its first tourbillon in a wristwatch in the late 1980's.

    The present watch still retains the designs for the dial, case and hands that Breguet introduced over two centuries ago making it a tangible link to the watchmaker who made the precision watch possible. The chapter ring is marked with the "secret signature" introduced during Breguet's lifetime as a guard against fraud from spurious examples of his work.


    Breguet, Emmanuel. Breguet, Watchmakers since 1775, Paris (1997)

    Daniels, George. The Art of Breguet, London and New York, (1974)
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