Lot No. 372 (89th Auction)
Auguste Leschot du Commun La Chaux de Fonds, Case No. 8318, 36 mm, 37 g, circa 1850

A lady’s decorative gold enamel pocket watch with picture of Our Lady of La Salette - with original box
Case: 18k gold and polychrome enamel; on the front the Virgin Mary wearing the distinctive crucifix of La Salette (cross, hammer and pincers), the back cover with a fine polychrome enamel painting depicting a bouquet of flowers, reeded band, gold dome with engraving, case punch mark "Favre & Cie". Ziffbl.: silver, engine-turned, applied, floral gold decoration, radial Roman hours, blued Breguet hands. Movm.: bridge movement, keywind, frosted, gilt, signed, wolfteeth winding wheels, cylinder escapement, ring balance.

On September 19, 1846 the Virgin Mary appeared in La Salette, a small and hitherto unknown village in the French Alps. The Lady wore a cross decorated with a small hammer and pincers.

Georges Auguste Leschot (1800 - 1884)
Son of Jean Frederic Leschot. An eminent maker and designer of machines for Vacheron & Constantin. Developed the lever escapement and its manufacture by machine. Invented diamond drills for tunnelling.
Source: Brian Loomes, "Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World, London 2006, p. 479.
Estimate  1,200 - 1,800 €
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