Signed "Breguet à Paris", Case No. 14402, 47 mm, 61 g, circa 1800
A gentleman’s gold enamel pocket watch "Pheme, goddess of fame and renown, as a muse" Case: gold, back with "en grisaille" scene on translucent cobalt blue enamelling over an engine-turned ground: Pheme (or "Fama") reading a table and holding a harp in her left hand. Her attributes - the trumpet and the laurel wreath - are next to her on the ground. Gold paillon tendrilled border, bezel with green gold leaf tendril, front bezel studded with half pearls. Dial: enamel, Arabic numerals, signed: "Breguet à Paris", "Poker & Beetle" hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, frosted, gilt, signed, chain/fusee, conical moulded movement pillars, verge escapement, three-arm brass balance, engraved, pierced balance bridge.
Forgeries of A. L. Breguet watches Breguet was the best and the most renowned watchmaker of his time. He was also a most sought-after victim of counterfeiting, which made him create a secret signature to distinguish his authentic works from the forgeries. A large number of counterfeit watches with Breguet's forged signature were produced during his life time and even after his death. Most of these watches were of poor quality or not even of a type ever produced by Breguet. Fakes often appear to be of genuine Breguet origin; but to the eyes of a connoisseur, the quality and technical details make the forgery glaringly obvious.
Estimate 2,000 - 3,000 €
Price Realised 2,800 €
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