Lot No. 602 (91st Auction)
Bovet, Fleurier, Case No. 30462, 59 mm, 127 g, circa 1835

A gentleman's as new gold enamel pocket watch for the Chinese market
Case: 18k rose gold, a polychrome painted enamel medallion on the back side, probably depicting the Chinese emperor K'ang Hsi, Qing Dynasty; the bezels decorated with Champlevé enamel flower heads; polychrome enamelled pendant; glazed gold dome. Dial: enamel, radial Roman numerals, centre seconds, blued spade hands. Movm.: bridge movement, keywind, lavishly hand-engraved, frosted, gilt, signed, standing barrel, monometallic screw balance with screwed blued weights, finely florally engraved balance cock, set diamond endstone on balance.

Bovet at Fleurier
Edouard Bovet born in Fleurier, Switzerland in 1797, son of a local master-watchmaker, Jean-Frédéric Bovet. Edouard had four brothers, Frédéric, Alphonse, Gustave, Charles-Henri, and a sister, Caroline. In1814 Edouard Bovet is against Neuchâtel's return to Prussian rule after the fall of Napoleon. After his apprenticeship, he leaves Fleurier with Alphonse and Frédéric to work as a watchmaker in London -then the centre of Europe's watch trade and manufacture. 1818 Edouard Bovet's employer, the Magniac company, sends him to Canton, the only Chinese port open to Western trade. He leaves England on the East India merchantman, Orwell, on April 20, arriving in Canton via the Cape of Good Hope on August 16. Delighted, he wrote to his brother in Switzerland, enthusing about the market potential and asking him to send more watches, but only of the very best quality, since this was where the demand lay and there was no difficulty about payment. Since 1822 Bovet, now living in Canton, founds a partnership company for the China watch trade with his two brothers in London, Alphonse and Frédéric, and his third brother Gustave, watchmaker in Fleurier. The charter of the company is drawn up in London on May 1. Business booms, and the company quickly transfers production to Fleurier.

K'ang Hsi (1654-1722)
Chinese Emperor of the Qing dynasty.
K'ang Hsi (or Kangxi) was the fourth emperor of the Qing (Manchu) dynasty and he is considered one of the most important monarchs in China's history because of his triple role as military commander, statesman and scholar.
The 17th century Ching Dynasty Emperor K'ang-Hsi was a great admirer of the European sciences, especially that of horology, and he established several imperial workshops in which Chinese craftsmen made clocks and watches under the direction of imported European watchmakers, amongst whom were several masters. At K'ang-Hsi's invitation, the Zougeese master watchmaker François-Louis Stadlin became director of the imperial workshops, and the Emperor's favourite.
Source:, as of 02/02/2015.

A similar pocket watch, signed Ilbery is in the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva.
Estimate  45,000 - 60,000 €

Price Realised  101,700 €
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