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On the subject of pocke watches, heres a pic of the new Breguet 1160,

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On the subject of pocke watches, heres a pic of the new Breguet 1160,

Post  HAC on Sat Oct 04, 2008 8:37 pm

new wacth, produced this year by Breguet, its a reproduction of the original Breguet 160. The modern one had to be re-created to the origianl specs, but problematically, no movement digrams or drawings existed. The watch was redone, working from photographs, and the design Breguet came up with varies only slightly from the original.
This work of art features a 46mm 18K yellow gold case housing a movement comprised of over 800 hand-finished pieces. Functions include minute repeater, equation of time, a perpetual calendar, power reserve, jumping hours, and a thermometer.
The Breguet Grand Complication Ref. 1160 watch is a faithful replica of the legendary 'Marie Antoinette' watch, which was commissioned from Abraham-Louis Breguet for Queen Marie Antoinette of France, by a secret admirer of the Queen. The watch, completed four years after Breguet's death, was at the time the most complicated timepiece in existence. Once owned by famed Breguet collector Sir David Salomons the 'Marie Antoinette' was later gifted to the L.A. Mayer Museum of Islamic Art in Jerusalem. It was stolen from this museum in 1982 during a famous burglary. The whereabouts of the historical timepiece were a mystery until 2007, when it suddenly resurfaced and was recovered by Breguet.






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Re: On the subject of pocke watches, heres a pic of the new Breguet 1160,

Post  VonHart on Sat Oct 04, 2008 9:13 pm

<speechless>

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Post  Cyril Fotheringay-Phipps on Sun Oct 05, 2008 2:54 am

Top THAT, Cassio!!

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Re: On the subject of pocke watches, heres a pic of the new Breguet 1160,

Post  The V.A.P. on Sun Oct 05, 2008 3:09 am

Shocked

If ever there was a need for the word "Geariffic" it is now.
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Re: On the subject of pocke watches, heres a pic of the new Breguet 1160,

Post  Jemima Annabelle Clough on Sun Oct 05, 2008 4:04 am

That is a gorgeous watch.

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Re: On the subject of pocke watches, heres a pic of the new Breguet 1160,

Post  Prof Eumides Blakehurst on Tue Oct 07, 2008 2:13 am

I would truly love to own one, but the Aussie dollar has dropped by 30% in the last couple of weeks, and I dare not even think of the cost...

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Post  CaptZaphod on Tue Oct 07, 2008 3:58 am

Wow...just wow.
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Re: On the subject of pocke watches, heres a pic of the new Breguet 1160,

Post  HAC on Tue Oct 07, 2008 4:43 am

Prof Eumides Blakehurst wrote:I would truly love to own one, but the Aussie dollar has dropped by 30% in the last couple of weeks, and I dare not even think of the cost...

<back to unrequited clockwork lust...>

Don;t worry about the cost... they only made one, and they aren't selling it... Sad

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Re: On the subject of pocke watches, heres a pic of the new Breguet 1160,

Post  Prof Eumides Blakehurst on Tue Oct 07, 2008 5:49 am

In which case that is one enormous corporate tease and they should be soundly punished.

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Re: On the subject of pocke watches, heres a pic of the new Breguet 1160,

Post  von Corax on Tue Oct 07, 2008 6:31 am

Prof Eumides Blakehurst wrote:In which case that is one enormous corporate tease and they should be soundly punished.

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Bloody clocktease...

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Re: On the subject of pocke watches, heres a pic of the new Breguet 1160,

Post  Prof. George of Chaos on Thu Oct 23, 2008 9:39 am

Ohhhh...What's the point of mass production if we can't have many, many of such beautiful things?

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Re: On the subject of pocke watches, heres a pic of the new Breguet 1160,

Post  Keith_Beef on Mon Oct 27, 2008 6:34 am

It should be quite a nice watch, once it has a face...


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Re: On the subject of pocke watches, heres a pic of the new Breguet 1160,

Post  HAC on Mon Oct 27, 2008 7:02 am

Keith_Beef wrote:It should be quite a nice watch, once it has a face...


K.

The dial is there, its actually the sapphire crystal. The markings are on the underside of the crystal The original had was the same, save for not having sapphire as the crystal materil..

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Post  von Corax on Mon Oct 27, 2008 7:55 am

I've just now noticed it appears to have rather an inordinate number of hands...

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Post  Zwack on Mon Oct 27, 2008 4:35 pm

von Corax wrote:I've just now noticed it appears to have rather an inordinate number of hands...

At least 8 by my count. But I can't work out how the day/month function is marked (none of the hands are for that). I can see that it has a day/month wheel but I just don't know how you tell which day/month it is.

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Re: On the subject of pocke watches, heres a pic of the new Breguet 1160,

Post  HAC on Mon Oct 27, 2008 6:20 pm

From the Breguet website:

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Reproducing and designing such a large number of complications on the sole basis of documents is against the odds and reveals the talent of the watchmakers at Montres Breguet. Each function and every decorative feature was minutely analysed. In the coachwork of the watch for example, the yellow gold of the 63mm-diameter case was cast in a special, more coppery alloy in order to match the period hue. The glasses for the dial and the case, made of rock crystal, allow the movement to display its finery and the marvels of its finish. The research has moreover brought to light a complication of the original watch: jumping hours.

As a self-winding watch with a minute-repeater striking the hours, quarters and minutes on demand, the new «Marie-Antoinette» has all the makings of a work of art. A full perpetual calendar displays the dates, the day and the months respectively at 2 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 8 o’clock. The equation of time at 10 o’clock proclaims the daily difference between solar time and the mean time told by watches. In the centre, the jumping hours – invented by Breguet – and the minutes are joined by a long independent seconds hand, while the small seconds are shown at 6 o'clock. The 48-hour power-reserve indicator 10:30 balances a bimetallic thermometer at 01:30.

The self-winding, «perpétuel» movement comprises 823 outstandingly finished components. The baseplates and bridges, the smallest gear-wheels in the trains for the underdial work, the dates and the repeater are fashioned in pink gold polished with wood. The screws are in polished blued steel; the points of friction, holes and bearings, set with sapphires. The smallest details demonstrate perfect execution and have been finished by hand. This masterly and unprecedented mechanism is furthermore fitted with a particular type of natural-lift escapement, a helical balance-spring in gold and a bimetallic balance-wheel. The anti-shock device – a double «pare chute», another Breguet invention – gives protection against blows and shocks to the balance staff and to the shafts of the winding weights."

This one's not really about telling time per se, (although apparently it is a very accurate timepiece) it's more art and a celebration of the watchmakers craft..
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