Bridgerton is a series by Netflix where the royal life is presented in a luxury style. Here everyone wears expensive accessoires, especially the women. But what is very outstanding from this movie is the Breguet watch that was George the 3rds accessoire, which was sold by an auction held at Sotheby for 1.6 million pounds.
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It is called pocket watch number 1297. This is a tourbillon of 4 minutes. As the nation enjoys the popularity of the Bridgerton series , it is the perfect time to understand what is the Georgian era all about, through some artisanal accessoires, such as this extravagant timepiece.
Bridgerton Netflix is based on Julia Quinn’s Literature Work
Source: RM Sotheby’s
It is not allowed to take this timepiece outside of the borders of the UK, as it is of great importance and deserves to be on display in famous museums that show historical or cultural wealth of the British royal life. There are a lot of regulations that disallow the carriage of the million pound price watch, but once there is no one interested in buying it inside the country, it will, one day, be exported to the highest bidder overseas. The final decision may be made on 28th of April, or prolonged for additional six months. The concern of the government can be understandable. Pocket watch of the caliber like Breguet number 1297 is of historical value.
Before a customer appears the Worshipful company of Clockmakers will preserve this beautiful watch in their collection. The company was established in 1631. It was the time when the ruler was King Charles the First. London Science Museum is where the watch currently belongs to.
Regency era in all its beauty is reflected through this lavish piece. Surely, this watch will be the right wearable for the head of a country. A lot of stories are connected with this watch, including faces like Napoleon of France as well as some smugglers who were lucky enough to touch this piece.
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George the third had a special bond to science and he was interested in horology too. That’s why this watch from bridger-teton is so well preserved. He trusted the professional watchmakers of his day to take care of the chronographs particles.
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What Breguet Brings into the World of Watchmaking
The new approach in watchmaking by Breguet, that left little margin of error for gravity issues, was a highly valued mechanism through which the piece worked a bit slowly. There were 35 of such watches but now only 10 survive. These were created by the brand between 1805 to 1823. This gold Case watch is not short of functionality and includes options such as a thermometer, stopping seconds etc.
The cost of this pocket watch appearing in the Bridgerton movie back in time was 4800 francs. It makes in today’s calculations a timepiece worth to be the rival of Vacheron Constantin and Patek Philippe models with contemporary functions and design.
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This watch was acquired by the King from a Swiss watchmaker based in France. At that time, trading was banned between Britain and the French land, but sometimes Napoleon had to revise the rules to avoid full blockade. That is how through the semi-official protection the watch appeared in George’s collection.
The watch from Bridgerton Netflix is sealed with “Recordon”-the London based agent of Breguet.