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.