I think every Breguet watch that is 100% attributed to him is accounted for. I seem to Remember Philip Poniz saying he has had in his hand every Breguet Piece.Breguet was 'The Man'!!
Imagine pulling a Breguet movement from an Ebay junkbox after some clever
person scraps the gold case...it could happen, not every Breguet is accounted for.
Well I am not saying he 'did' say it I said that i 'seemed' to remember, but I am not certain.Yes, I agree that every genuine Breguet is serialised and probably recorded in the
I meant that there are Breguets of unknown whereabouts, either destroyed or yet to surface.
I don't know of Philip Poniz or his claims, but it's a far stretch to claim that he has handled every Breguet
in existance and so they are all known, one surfaced on the UK Antiques Roadshow comparatively recently...
BBC One - Antiques Roadshow - Richard Price
That link is a massive long P.D.F advert for modern high frequency watches?Well I am not saying he 'did' say it I said that i 'seemed' to remember, but I am not certain.
He was the man who brought the Breguet Manuscripts to Hayek (snr). He has seen, and studied Breguets actual diaries.
They are now owned privately by Swatch Group
If you want to learn a bit about his knowledge see here:
IN DEPTH Philip Poniz, horological historian, Expert-in-Chief at WatchInvest, Inc.,
where he advises high-end watch collectors and investors,
Head Expert at Antiquorum during its glory years, Court Expert and Master
Restorer reveals for us all the little and big secrets of high frequencies in watchmaking.
actual article here:
No. I do not own one. I wish. Winston Churchill wore a BreguetThat link is a massive long P.D.F advert for modern high frequency watches?
Have you ever had the pleasure to examine a Breguet watch Adam?
Perhaps you even own one, that would be something.
I've never even seen one in the flesh so to speak.
I'll keep looking in junk boxes on Ebay, one will turn up eventually.;-)
That is excellent Adam.No. I do not own one. I wish. Winston Churchill wore a Breguet
I have had the honor of holding two at the NAWCC Museum
The Museum has some 40 Breguets vintage Breguet pocketbwatches.
I had the privilege of working with Philip to decide which were genuine which were fakes
Out of about 40 pcs ONLY 2 were genuine the other 38 were fake
I wrote an article. I do remember Philip saying to me - "in his whole life he never saw so many fake Breguet watches"
I will search, find and post it
Philip is the 'expert' in Horology
He stripped down Breguet timepieces with no worries, and rebuilt them
Photographing EVERY piece
I bow to his unbelievable knowledge
Sure will do it. I have copies here.That is excellent Adam.
Perhaps you could post a link to a Breguet strip down, I'd be interested in that. Look forward to reading your
article where you were helping to authenticate genuine Breguets.
One interesting sidebar to the story that was not mentioned was the fact that before the stolen watch reappeared, Breguet president Nicolas Hayek had his modern Breguet craftsmen make a reproduction of the watch, based solely on photos, at a reported cost of over $100,000. It was unveiled at Baselworld in 2008. It was ironic that the original resurfaced around the same tune as the reproduction was completed. As far as I know, they have yet to be compared side-by-side. It sure would be interesting to know how accurately today's craftsmen managed to get it without access to the original as a model. http://www.breguet.com/Marie-Antoinette-watch