Lot No. 113 (89th Auction)
Le Roy au Palais Royal No 68, Paris, Movement No. 1664, Case No. 2545, 54 mm, 95 g, circa 1810

A very fine, rare gold enamel quarter repeating "à toc" verge pocket watch
Case: gold enamel, the back lid engine-turned and translucent cobalt blue enamelled, central polychrome enamel medallion: a putto at the altar of love, with a dog at his feet. Bezels with engine-turned and translucid cobalt blue enamel decoration with gold foliate decor, pusher for repetition via pendant. Dial: enamel, Arabic "Empire" numerals, signed, pierced, filigree gold hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, firegilt, signed, 2 hammers, chain/fusee, solid round movement pillars, three-arm brass balance, florally engraved and pierced balance bridge.

Julien Le Roy
He was one of the most outstanding clock- and watchmakers of his time and certainly played a decisive part in establishing the leading role French clockmaking had in the 18th century. He became a master in 1713, presented an equation clock to the Académie Royale des Sciences in 1717, and was appointed clockmaker to the king in 1739 (with his own rooms at the Louvre). Le Roy invented the adjustable bracket for the verge escapement wheel ("potence"), the repetition strike on springs instead of bells for pocket watches, and the "all-or-nothing" piece for repeating watches. His inventions and improvements were of such extreme importance that most watchmakers adopted them promptly for their own pieces. Later Le Roy was director of the Société des Arts; he and his son supplied the entries on watches and clocks in the encyclopaedia compiled by Diderot and d'Alembert.
Estimate  9,500 - 12,000 €
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