Lot #14710 – Rare and Unusual Breguet Letter Opener

Estimate: $600.00 – $1,000.00

Start Price : $200.00

Description: Breguet letter opener.  Gold tone colored handle with the characteristic letter B of the Breguet logo.  The blade is stamped Breguet.  Accompanied by a Breguet box.  The dimensions are approximately 235mm length x 20mm width without the B x 54mm width with the B x 132mm blade only.
Condition: The holder inside the box is absent.  The letter opener has superficial scratches due to normal usage and age.  The handle has some areas of spotting throughout due to storage and age.  The tip has some wear.  The overall condition of the letter opener is good.

Abraham-Louis Breguet founded Breguet in 1775.  He made the world’s first reliable self-winding watch, the Breguet Perpétuelle.  One of the first buyers was Queen Marie Antoinette who became one of his best patrons.  Over the years, the house of Breguet invented several horological innovations, the gong spring for minute repeaters, Breguet hands, the world’s first shock protection system known as the Para-chute, the Breguet spiral, the Breguet tourbillon, the world’s first wristwatch, the world’s first perpetual calendar movement, a patented magnetic pivot, and the magnetic strike governor.  Some iconic Breguet models include the Breguet Type XX, Breguet Type XXI, Breguet Type XXII, Breguet Reine de Naples, Breguet La Marine, Breguet Classique complications, Breguet Classique, Breguet Tradition, Breguet Heritage, and several high jewelry watch models.

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