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  • A WATCH OWNED BY THE FOUNDER OF AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE

    A Breguet watch once owned by Charles-Louis Havas, founder of Agence France Presse, comes up at Christie’s in Geneva on May 16. The self-winding quarter repeating watch with equation of time, day, month and power reserve was acquired on December 311817 by Charles-Louis Havas (1783-1858), founder of AFP. The former international merchant who became banker, then journalist and translator, came up with the concept of an international and universal news agency in 1835, at the age of 52. This man of great taste, from a wealthy family, acquired this 18k golden watch which reunites the whole savoir faire of the Maison Breguet. It is today considered amongst the most complicated watch ever realized by Breguet following the example of the watch N°144, sold at Christie’s in 2012 at the record price of 3.6 million euros.  This one is estimated at 600,000-1.2 million Swiss francs.  UPDATE: IT WAS SOLD TO A PRIVATE SWISS MUSEUM FOR CHF3,245,000

    Breguet et Fils, Paris No. 217. Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2016.

    Breguet et Fils, Paris No. 217. Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2016.

    Brequet et Fils, Paris No. 217

    Brequet et Fils, Paris No. 217

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