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Lot No. 402* (89th Auction)
Louis-Elisée Piguet, retailed by Touchon & Co., Switzerland, Case No. 139695, 47 mm, 56 g, circa 1920

A gentleman's thin minute repeating pocket watch
Case: 18k gold, polished, gold dome, slide for repeating mechanism. Dial: silver, gilt, made by Steiger, radial Roman hours, auxiliary seconds, blued Breguet hands. Movm.: bridge movement, rhodium-plated, "fausses côtes" decoration, 5 adj., 27 jewels, 2 hammers, 2 gongs, gold-chatoned centre wheel, gold screw compensation balance.

Louis-Elisée Piguet
The ebauche is typical “straight bridge” layout of Louis-Elisée Piguet which he supplied to others, among them to Jules Juergensen at the end of his production. It is similar to the ebauches made by Victorin Piguet yet with subtle differences.
class=Normal (Web)> Louis-Elisée Piguet was the founder of still existing company, Frédéric Piguet SA. Louis-Elisée was apprenticed to Henri Golay of Geneva, the inventor of the modern self-striking watch with minute repeating. Later he worked for Louis Audemars and finally set up his own workshop specializing in complicated mechanism destined mostly for large retailes such as Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, Jules Juergensen, and others. The company specialized in designing complicated mechanisms. The creation of la Merveilleuse, at the time the most complicated watch in the world, brought him fame lasting till the end of his life and extending beyond on his sons who continued the tradition in the same tradition and success.
Estimate  3,800 - 4,800 €
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