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George III’s gold Breguet watch to be auctioned in London

The logo of Breguet is seen at the Baselworld watch and jewellery fair in Basel, Switzerland March 22, 2017. — Reuters pic
The logo of Breguet is seen at the Baselworld watch and jewellery fair in Basel, Switzerland March 22, 2017. — Reuters pic

LONDON, June 18 — A gold Breguet watch of George III, the British king who was forced to accept American independence after the revolutionary war of 1775-1783, will be auctioned by Sotheby’s in London next month.

The four-minute tourbillon watch, made by Abraham-Louis Breguet and engraved with the king’s royal cypher and the letters G & R, was sold to George in 1808 during the Napoleonic Wars.

It is valued at £700,000 (RM3.75 million) to £1 million. The watch sold for £551,500 at an auction in 1999. Other owners of Breguet watches included Marie Antoinette, Napoleon and the Russian tsars.

“Abraham Louis-Breguet watches were the theory of everything in the early 19th century,” said Daryn Schnipper, global chairman of Sotheby’s Watch Division.

Schnipper said such watches incorporated “all the scientific discoveries of the past centuries, the philosophy of the Enlightenment and the great vision of a man who revolutionised watchmaking and placed time and precision at the core of modern society.”

The watch is the only four-minute Tourbillon with a dial in English. It is engraved with the indication “Whirling About Regulator”, a literal translation from the French “Regulateur a Tourbillon”. — Reuters

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