Ulysse Breting, Le Locle, Case No. 8855, 55 mm, 129 g, circa 1862
A fine hunting case gold pocket watch with one-minute tourbillon Case: 18k rose gold, circular reeded bands, both covers profusely engraved in a foliate pattern, case maker's punch mark "AF&Cie". Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, auxiliary seconds, filigree gold flower hands with set diamonds. Movm.: three-bridge movement, keywind, German silver, signed, stripe-decorated, barrel, finely executed mirror-polished steel tourbillon cage, pivoted detent escapement, gold screw compensation balance, blued balance spring with terminal curve, gold escape wheel.
The cage of this tourbillon was without doubt created by Girard Perregaux; it matches the one described and attributed to Girard Perregaux by Reinhard Meis on page 48 of "Das Tourbillon" (1986). According to Meis, five Swiss companies with a total number of six tourbillons took part in the 1862 test at Neuchâtel: Ulysse Breting, Le Locle; Robert Brandt, La Chaux de Fonds; Felicien Du Bois, Le Locle; Favre-Leuba & Co. LeLocle and Emile Guinand, Le Locle. The author writes that "none of these watches has come onto the market in recent years" and that "it is not even certain that they still exist". We presume that this is the tourbillon (or one of the tourbillons) Breting submitted for testing at the time.
It is assumed that Ulysse Breting (1812-1891), Le Locle, worked together with his brother Jules. In 1860 the company was awarded a gold medal at the World Exhibition in Besancon and in 1875 it won fourth place in an observatory test at Neuchâtel for a detent pocket chronometer. Sometime between 1875 and 1883 the company Ulysse Breting changed its name to Ginnel & Ottone Freres; however, in 1882 Ulysse Breting still submitted detent pocket chronometers under his own name. His son was born in 1835 and also called Ulysse.
Estimate 26,000 - 35,000 €
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