George Daniels
The Art of Breguet | 18 of 21 | specially-bound copy

Signed & gifted by Dr. Daniels

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George Daniels
The Art of Breguet | 18 of 21 | specially-bound copy

Signed & gifted by Dr. Daniels

Regular price


The Art of Breguet is perhaps the most comprehensive outline of the work of Abraham-Louis Breguet, by none other than George Daniels, himself a master watchmaker working in the Breguet tradition. This example, signed by Dr. Daniels on the title page, is part of an edition of twenty-one specially bound copies. It was gifted by the author to his niece on her eighteenth birthday, with the numbering of this copy, number 18, corresponding to her age. 

Abraham-Louis Breguet & George Daniels

In The Art of Breguet, Daniels breaks down the work of Abraham-Louis Breguet, one of the most significant watchmakers of the last few centuries. Born in Neuchâtel, then a Prussian principality, Monsieur Breguet would go on to pioneer significant technical and aesthetic innovations during his career, with his influence carrying through to the present day; among other achievements, he invented the tourbillon complication. It is no coincidence that he remains the most cited reference point for accomplished watchmakers centuries later, from George Daniels to François-Paul Journe.  

A true reference point for the watchmaker’s work, The Art of Breguet helps to understand the watchmaker, as well as visually cataloguing a vast array of his most impressive work. It was published in 1975 by Sotheby, Parke & Bernet, an interim name used in the ‘70s for the New York auction house which was once Parke-Bernet, but had become an arm of London's Sotheby's after its purchase by that firm in 1964.

Number 18 of twenty-one

This copy, from an edition of twenty-one, was specially bound in brown Moroccan goat skim binding by Zaehnsdorf, a reference point in the world of book-binding. It features a lettered spine, gilt edges on all the pages and intricate decorative details, such as inner gilt dentelles. Illustrations are found throughout, with some of them rendered in colour. 

Signed by George Daniels on the title page, the book was a gift to the watchmaker’s niece on her eighteenth birthday. The daughter of Daniels’ sister and his childhood friend (who would later become his brother-in-law), remembers the gift and her uncle fondly. Despite his horological prowess, she remembers him simply as “the same Uncle George, no airs and graces but a straightforward man who lived on his hobbies.”

Author: Dr. George Daniels
Object: The Art of Breguet
Features: brown Moroccan binding, lettered spine, gilt edges on all pages
Publisher:
Sotheby, Parke & Bernet
Published: 1975
The Art of Breguet by Dr. George Daniels remains in excellent condition.

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