'Early 'perpetuelle' watch by Abraham-Louis Breguet

Made:
1783-1800 in Paris
'Early 'perpetuelle' watch by Abraham-Louis Breguet 'Early 'perpetuelle' watch by Abraham-Louis Breguet 'Early 'perpetuelle' watch by Abraham-Louis Breguet

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

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

'Early 'perpetuelle' watch by Abraham-Louis Breguet
The Clockmakers' Museum/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 most likely 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 a very early example of a 'perpetuelle' or self-winding watch. It is said to have been sold to the Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia (later Czar Nicholas I) although Nicholas, who was born in 1796, would not have been alive when the watch was first commissioned, and would have only been around four years old when it re-cased with a short pendant by Breguet c. 1800.

Clockmakers Museum' No. 347

Details

Category:
Clockmakers
Collection:
The Worshipful Company of 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