Breguet skeleton regulator clock to auction for up to $1.7m at Christie's



2015-06-26 13:47:19

Breguet skeleton regulator clock to auction for up to $1.7m at Christie's

The skeleton regulator clock by Breguet is among the lead lots in the July 10 sale

A skeleton regulator clock by Abraham-Louis Breguet is among the headline lots at Christie's Exceptional sale on July 10 in London, with a valuation of 700,000-1m ($1.1m-1.7m).

The piece, which dates to 1787 and features both Gregorian and Revolutionary calendars, is one of only a handful to survive to the present day.

Breguet skeleton regulator Breguet designed and built the skeleton regulator in the late 18th century

The Revolutionary calendar was briefly adopted in France at the end of the 18th century and split the day into 10-hour blocks, with each hour split into 100 minutes made up of 100 seconds.

Predictably the experiment proved unpopular with a public already accustomed to standard time and was consigned to history in 1795.

The clock was formerly owned by Courtenay Adrian Ilbert (1888-1956), a notable horologist whose collection was acquired by the British Museum in 1968 following a donation from high street watch and jewellery store H Samuel.

The clock offered in the sale is one of the few exceptions that were kept by Ilbert's family.

Breguet (1747-1823) is one of the most recognisable names in clock making and patented a wealth of innovations - including the tourbillion in 1801.

In November last year a previously unrecorded pocket watch made $1.1m in a sale at Sotheby's in Geneva. Another example made $40,000.

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