Silver one-minute tourbillon watch by Breguet et Fils, sold to the Princess de Valencay in 1812.

Made:
1812 in London
Silver one-minute tourbillon watch by Breguet et Fils, sold to the Princess de Valencay in 1812. Silver one-minute tourbillon watch by Breguet et Fils, sold to the Princess de Valencay in 1812. Silver one-minute tourbillon watch by Breguet et Fils, sold to the Princess de Valencay in 1812.

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Silver one-minute tourbillon watch by Breguet et Fils, sold to the Princess de Valencay in 1812.
Science Museum Group / The Clockmakers' Museum
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Silver one-minute tourbillon watch by Breguet et Fils, sold to the Princess de Valencay in 1812.
Science Museum Group / The Clockmakers' Museum
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Silver one-minute tourbillon watch by Breguet et Fils, sold to the Princess de Valencay in 1812.
Science Museum Group / The Clockmakers' Museum
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Lever escapement watch by Breguet et Fils, 1812. Silver case, the back engine turned with an engraved crown covered with clear grey enamel in the centre. Silver chain and key attached. The cuvette is signed ‘Breguet et Fils. Regulateur à Tourbillon no. 2571’. White enamel dial with arabic hour figures and a subsidiary seconds dial. Blued steel 'Breguet' hands. Dial signed ‘Breguet’ in cursive script, with a secret signature underneath. Also ‘Breguet et Fils No. 2571’. One minute tourbillon with Breguet’s first form of lever escapement. Unsigned full plate fusee movement, with balance and tourbillon carriage outside of plates. Two arm balance with 2 bimetallic compensation strips attached to each arm. Freesprung spiral balance spring with overcoil.

This watch was bought by the Princess de Valancay in 1812 for 1600 francs. It later formed part of Sir David Salomon Bt's extensive collection of watches, and was presented by Salomons to the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers in 1924. Clockmakers' Museum No. 469.

Details

Category:
Clockmakers
Object Number:
L2015-3377
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), enamel, silver (alloy) and steel (metal)
type:
watch
credit:
Lent by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers