Sensational record price €169 000 for breguet pocket-timepiece hammered at bukowskis auction house

An extremely rare chronometric timepiece was sold at Bukowskis International Spring auction May 28, 2009 for record price €169 000/SEK 1 800 000. The watch, now bought for the Breguet Museum was made by the oldest and most renowned watchmaker in the world, Abraham Louis Breguet (1747-1823). Timepieces manufactured before his death only very rarely appear on the market.

The pocket-timepiece (lot no. 1019) was commissioned in Paris in 1820 by the famous French astronomer. Alexis Bouvard (1767-1843). He was elected into the Academy of Sciences as early as 1803 and worked in the Paris observatory where he also held the position of director between 1822 and 1843. Bouvard is most known for his discovery of eight comets and his astronomical tables, ”Tables Astronomiques”. The chronometer belongs to the type that was called ”Garde-Temps” or ”Regulateur” due to its high level of reliability.

The watch was manufactured three years before Breguets death in 1823, which probably means that Abraham-Louis personally supervised its construction. It was displayed at the grand Breguet exhibition in Paris 1923, held in the honour of the 100th anniversary of Breguet’s death. This reveals the importance of the timepiece in Breguets line of products

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