'Early 'perpetuelle' watch by Abraham-Louis Breguet

Made:
1783 in Paris

'Early 'perpetuelle' watch by Abraham-Louis Breguet
The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers/Clarissa Bruce
© The Clockmakers’ Charity

'Early 'perpetuelle' watch by Abraham-Louis Breguet
The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers/Clarissa Bruce
© The Clockmakers’ Charity

'Early 'perpetuelle' watch by Abraham-Louis Breguet
The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers/Clarissa Bruce
© The Clockmakers’ Charity

Quarter-repeating, self-winding watch with gold engine-turned case, by Abraham-Louis Breguet c.1783.

On the back of the case is a crowned ‘N’. The white enamel dial has Breguet's secret signature. Both dial and case are later replacements by Breguet. Blued steel 'Breguet' hands Cylinder escapement, with no compensation on the balance. Quarter repeating and self-winding. Signed ‘Breguet à Paris 810/83’.

This watch is said to have been sold originally to the Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia, later Czar Nicholas I, who presumably had it re-cased with a short pendant by Breguet c. 1800. It is probably the oldest surviving 'perpetuelle' or self-winding watch.

Clockmakers Museum' No. 347

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Details

Category:
Clockmakers
Object Number:
L2015-3292
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), enamel, glass, gold (metal) and steel (metal)
type:
watch
credit:
Lent by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers

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