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Marie-Antoinette Карманные часы c неограниченной финансовой стоимостью

Перед тем, как Авраам-Луи Бреге основал свою часовую компанию 1775 году, он был известен в высшем обществе, как ученый-математик. Бреге был знаком даже с французской королевской семьей, в частности, с Марией-Антуанеттой.

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“Grande Complication” pocket watch number 1160.

Королева была так очарована часами Breguet, что заказала Аврааму-Луи сделать часы, в которых были бы все известные функции на то время (согласно данным другого источника, часы заказал любовник королевы, граф Ханс Аксель фон Ферзен). Бреге начал работу над проектом в 1782/83 годах, но закончил часы только его сын в 1827 году. К этому времени Мария-Антуанетта, граф фон Ферзен и Бреге были уже мертвы. Часовщикам Breguet заказали сделать копию часов Марии-Антуанетты в 2005 году, но вместо 45 лет на этот раз понадобилось только 3 года.

В 1983 году карманные часы “Marie-Antoinette” были похищены из музея Иерусалима, "Мария-Антуанетта" часы Breguet №160 всплыли в 2007 году в то время как на выставке в Baselworld 2008 компания Montres Breguet представила новые карманные часы "Мария-Антуанетта" № 1160, сделанные на основе архивных исследований и оригинальных рисунков.

Stolen in 1983 from a Jerusalem museum, the “Marie-Antoinette” watch bearing Breguet number 160 resurfaced in 2007 while at Baselworld 2008 Montres Breguet unveiled the new “Marie-Antoinette” number 1160, built on the basis of archival research and original drawings.

Карманные часы Marie-Antoinette pocket watch “Grande Complication” pocket watch number 1160.

Said to have been fascinated by Breguet’s watches, Marie-Antoinette acquired over the years a number of his timepieces, notably a perpétuelle fitted with a self-winding device. In 1783, a mysterious admirer of hers ordered from Breguet, as a gift for the Queen, a watch that was to be as spectacular as possible, incorporating the fullest range of horological expertise known at the time. The order stipulated that wherever possible gold should replace other metals and that auxiliary mecha­nisms, i.e. complications, should be as numerous and varied as possible. No time or financial limits were imposed.

Long a purveyor to the French court, Breguet thus had a free hand. Alas, the Queen never got to admire her present, watch number 160, known as the “Marie-Antoinette” in her honor. It was only finished in 1827, 34 years after her death, 4 years after Breguet’s and 44 years after he’d accepted the order.

For two centuries now, both this timepiece’s extreme intricacy and its fabulous destiny have fascinated watchmakers and haunted the imagination of collectors. Stolen in 1983 from a museum in Jerusalem and finally recovered in December 2007, this undisputed masterpiece of horology experienced a fate so mysterious and bizarre that it became something of an obsession. In 2004, Nicolas G. Hayek challenged Breguet’s watchmakers to build an exact replica of this breathtaking pocket watch.

Recreating so many complications solely with the help of ancient documents proved a real challenge for the firm’s technicians and watchmakers. The original technical drawings in the Breguet Museum archives and the material available in such rich sources of cultural information as the Musée des Arts et Métiers, both in Paris, provided the only available informa­tion and guidance regarding the watch’s every function and styling detail. Comparing the projected watch with contem­porary timepieces, in particularly the Duc de Praslin’s watch, revealed novel aspects of the design and workshop techniques of the period. The research uncovered skills which had partly disappeared, enabling Breguet to produce a timepiece faithful in every way to its fabled ancestor.

A work of art in its own right, the new Marie-Antoinette perpétuelle, or self-winding, watch features a minute repeater that on command strikes hours, quarters and minutes as well as a full perpetual calendar showing the date, the day and the month at two, six and eight o’clock respectively. At ten o’clock, an equation-of-time display expresses the difference between civil and solar time. At centre, jumping hours and a minute hand accompany a large independent seconds hand, the forerunner to the chronograph hand, while a subdial for the running seconds is situated at six o’clock. A 48-hour power-reserve indicator and a bimetallic thermometer are positioned side by side.

The watch’s self-winding movement ( called perpétuelle in Breguet’s day ) comprises 823 parts and components, all finished with exceptional care. Plates, bridges and bars, every moving part of the motion-work, calendar and repeater mecha­nisms are made of wood-polished pink gold. Screws are of blued and polished steel. All friction points, sinks and bearings are fitted with sapphires. The watch’s sophisticated design extends to its special escapement with natural lift, a cylindrical balance spring in gold and a bimetallic balance. A double pare-chute shock-protection device protects the balance-wheel staff and the oscillating weight arbors against blows and jarring.

In April 2008, after four long years of research and reconstruction, the new Marie-Antoinette timepiece was proud­ly placed in its impressive presentation case, carved from the wood of the very Versailles oak tree under which the Queen once used to rest.

Following a long dry spell and a violent storm, the Domaine de Versailles had to have the once-mighty oak cut down, pre­senting its wood to Nicolas G. Hayek as a birthday gift.

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