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A silver, 8-Day perpetual calendar desk clock (No. 4536), manufactured by Breguet in 1931.
Widely attributed as one of the first to develop a functioning perpetual calendar watch, Breguet’s long-standing association with the complication dates back to the late 18th century. It’s one of the more sophisticated and charming high complications, accounting for the long and short months, when calculating day and date (including February 29th, in leap years).This 8-Day Perpetual Calendar Desk Clock is executed in a typically Art Deco style. The pivoting, polished silver case is compact, with bold design flourishes. Perfectly executed for desk height. The stylised shoulders illustrate many of the aesthetic influences of the period, supporting the squared case, itself resting on its original wooden base.
The guilloche dial is found at 6 o'clock, beneath a 'digital display’ for the day, date and month. The blued Breguet-hands offer contrast against the eccentric silvered dial tones, with "Breguet" and the clock's unique serial number, engraved at the two opposing lower corners. The hinged back reveals the hand-setting, calendar-setting and winding functions.
This Breguet desk clock was produced in 1931 (as No. 1878) and sold to Mr. Lantz on December 31st 1932, for 15,000 FFR. It was returned to Breguet in 1942, restored and re-numbered (as 4536) and sold to Mr. Ducos, on the 30th of January, 1943. It is one of a handful of examples known to the market, representing a rare opportunity to acquire an exceptional timepiece, fully serviced and with documented provenance.
The jewelled, lever movement is manually-wound, with an 8-day power reserve.
Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.
unrestored dial, 'digital' day, date and month display, Breguet hands
15.5 x 20 cm (including base)
Box & papers:
Extract from the Archives
This "8-Day Perpetual Calendar Desk Clock" from Breguet has been recently serviced, and remains in very good working condition.
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