Robb Recommends: The Breguet Carriage Clock Collection Up For Auction at Bonhams

The eight pieces will go under the hammer tomorrow.

Nic Hutchings

Grand Duke Alexis of Russia and the King of Naples are among the illustrious names tied up with an extraordinary lot going under the hammer at  Bonhams’ Fine Clock’s Auction tomorrow: a batch of extremely rare Breguet Carriage Clocks.

The carefully curated antique pieces, which are given understandable prominence within the catalogue, showcase almost all of the carriage clocks innovations dreamed up by Mr Abraham-Louis Breguet, including the perpetual calendar mechanism, phases and ages of the moon, alarm, grande sonnerie striking, petite sonnerie striking, quarter and half-quarter repeating and even equation of time.

One of the earliest carriage clocks, the Breguet number 179 (main picture) – which was sold to the King of Naples in 1804 –  will be the headline act, with an estimate of £300,000-400,000.

All of the clocks have certificates provided from Breguet confirming their original sale and provenance.

Viewing is open until midday tomorrow, while the auction starts at 2pm. Bids can be made via 0207 447 7447 or Bonhams.com.

See the full line-up of Breguet Carriage Clocks going up for auction below.

A late 17th-Century night clock signed by Vatican clockmaker Tommaso Campani 


The Grand Duke Alexis of Russia Breguet  Nic Hutchings


The Baron de Blome Breguet  Nic Hutchings


The Marquise de Bethisy Breguet  Nic Hutchings


The Francois de Bourbon King of Naples Breguet  Nic Hutchings


The Gerugross Breguet.  Nic Hutchings


A fine early 19th-century French ormolu quarter repeating carriage clock timepiece with running seconds and alarm  Nic Hutchings


The Labanoff Downshire Breguet  Nic Hutchings


The Princess Bagration Breguet  Nic Hutchings





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