Lot No. 155 (95th Auction)
Breguet, No. 2040, Case No. B2040, 47 mm, 62 g, circa 1929

An important, thin dress watch with perpetual calendar and moon phase - custom-made piece - sold on April 19, 1929 to Monsieur le Docteur Lehnoff for 10.000 Francs - with Breguet extract from the archives no. 4453
Case: 18k white gold, brushed, case design "Murat", polished push back. Dial: silver. Movm.: bridge movement, gold screw compensation balance.

Dr. Friedrich Karl Lehnhoff Wyld - a multilingual German Guatemalan - was an extremely gifted physician and neurosurgeon, scientist, inventor, pianist and composer. He was one of the first inventors of instant coffee and developed the antibiotic Sulfarsenol. Dr. Friedrich Lehnhoff was a man of remarkable creativity who was extremely well educated and spoke four languages. He was an accomplished pianist and often served as member of the panel at national music competitions. For his scientific research and inventions he was honoured with a number of awards such as medals at International Fairs. France awarded him the title of Knight of the Legion of Honour.
Dr. Friedrich Karl Lehnhoff was born in Guatemala City on May 9, 1871; he was the son of Consul Eduard Christian Bernhard Lehnhoff and Dolores Wyld Quiñónez. He was sent to Dresden for his education at a young age. He received his doctorate with distinction at the University of Berlin and returned to Guatemala in 1893, where he became professor at the University of San Carlos and taught surgery and neurosurgery. Shortly after the turn of the century Lehnhoff married Isabel Wyld Viteri; the couple had four children. The family lived in San Francisco in California for a while where Lehnhoff studied oral surgery and facial restoration. Later the couple went to stay in Paris and Saint-Cloud - this was where the brother of Isabel, pianist and composer Alfredo Wyld lived. In France Lehnhoff frequently met with famous musicians, artists and other figures of the cultural elite. Dr. Lehnhoff died on December 8, 1932 in Nice.
Source:, as of 03/07/2017
Estimate  50,000 - 60,000 €
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