Charles Reuge, Ste. Croix, Switzerland / retailed by H.L. Hall & Co., London, Case No. 1271, 57 mm, 155 g, circa 1884
A gentleman's very fine and extremely rare pocket watch with automaton and musical movement playing two tunes and calendar, made for the Chinese market "The Conductor" Case: 18k gold, polished, gold dome, case maker's punch mark "LW", pusher for starting the musical movement at "9", slide for choosing the melody at "1" (1st melody "La fille de Madame Angot" from the opera by Charles Lecocq / 2nd melody "Rega nob Rang"). Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, centre seconds, two subsidiary dials for indications of the day and the date, aperture for the polychrome enamelled automaton scene depicting a conductor, blued spade hands. Movm.: 1/2 plate movement, frosted, gilt, tandem winding with mirror polished click on the top for 2 barrels, screw compensation balance. Musical movement: brass barrel with steel pins and 34 vibrating blades, governor.
The Reuge company informs us that only fifty of this type of musical automaton watch, with various scenes, were ever made, most of them for the Oriental market. A watch with an identical movement and similar automaton scene, by Reuge, is described and illustrated "La Montre Chinoise" by Alfred Chapuis, Geneva 1983, p. 221.
Estimate 32,000 - 40,000 €
Price Realised 41,800 €
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