Breguet - Ref. 1801

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Breguet, "Grand Complication - Tourbillon 1801-2001", No. 2151, Ref. 1801. Made
expressly in 2001 in a special edition to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the
invention of the tourbillon by Abraham-Louis Breguet. Accompanied by the original
Breguet fitted wooden box, loup, Certificates, instruction booklet and extra leather strap.
Extremely fine, rare and important, large, half-hunting-cased, water-resistant, 18K pink
gold wristwatch with visible one-minute tourbillon regulator and an 18K pink gold
Breguet deployant clasp.
Four-body, solid, polished and brushed, hinged guilloche cover with porthole and
engraved "Tourbillon" plaque, opened by a co-axial push-button in the winding crown,
transparent case back to view the movement, coin-edge band, straight lugs with gold-
screwed bars, sapphire crystals.
Silvered gold, guilloche eccentric radial chapter ring set within a silvered gold plate
with fausses côtes decoration, engraved "1801 - 2001". Blued steel Breguet hands. At
6, the visible tourbillon cage under a polished steel bridge, carrying the blued steel
seconds hand.
Cal. 557, entirely hand-engraved and signed "Tourbillon Breguet No. 1972 - Brevet
du 7 Messidor an 9", 21 jewels, lateral lever escapement with one-minute tourbillon
regulator with 3 equidistant steel arms, monometallic balance adjusted to 6 positions,
shock absorber, self-compensating Breguet balance spring.