Breguet et fils, Paris, Movement No. 1511, Case No. 1151, 55 mm, 137 g, circa 1806
A gentleman's important heavy quarter repeating "Repetiton à Ponts" pocket watch with jumping hours and ruby cylinder escapement - sold to Louis Bonaparte "Vendu Pce Louis Bonaparte" on June 14, 1806 for the sum of 2.000 Francs Case: 18k rose gold, case maker's punch mark "JLJ (Joly)". Dial: gold, engine-turned, signed. Movm.: bridge movement, three-arm brass balance, temperature compensated balance spring, shock protection "parachute".
Louis Napoléon Bonaparte (* September 2, 1778 in Ajaccio, Corsica; † July 25, 1846 in Livorno) was one of four brothers of Emperor Napoleon I of France. From 1806 to 1810 he was King of Holland and known to the Dutch as "Lodewijk Napoleon". During his short reign he tried to endear himself to the Dutch people; he reformed jurisdiction and gave the country a new constitution. He laid the foundation for the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and advocated the improvement of the welfare system as well as of medical care. Most importantly, he delayed the introduction of the Continental Blockage - the embargo against British trade was a massive blow for the Dutch economy. Louis always remained a citizen of France, an "Imperial Prince" and a "Connétable de France" and for many historians he was nothing but a "crowned prefect" who acted on his brother’s orders - even his wife Hortense described him as such. In February 1810 Koning Lodewijk, as Louis called himself, had to sign a contract that ceded the territories south of the Rhine to France. Louis and the Dutch people fought this to no avail. French troops invaded Holland, Louis abdicated and and settled in Austria. Napoleon annexed Holland to the empire. Louis Bonaparte was the father of Napoleon III.
This timepiece is a high quality watch by Breguet which possesses most of the technical features of the so-called "Premiere Classe" repeater watches Breguet had created for everyday use: jumping hour, overhanging ruby escapement, spring suspension of the balance top pivot and bimetallic temperature compensation.
Estimate 20,000 - 50,000 €
Price Realised 38,500 €
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