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Lot No. 493 (92nd Auction)
A collection of an alarm apparatus for pocket watches and two pocket watch movements

Inv.t. J(acques) Laresche, Paris, Galerie de Valois Palais Royal No. 164, Movement No. 1073, circa 1820

An early French alarm apparatus for pocket watches with original wooden box
Case: brass plates, steel cylinder, claw feet, silver signature plaque, rear bell, 1 hammer. Dial: bronze and silver, Arabic hours, central brass gear-wheel with fixed release lever. Movm.: keywind.

J(acques) Laresche
J(acques) Laresche worked as a watchmaker in Paris around 1800. He had a workshop in the Rue de Valois, Au Palais-Royal no. 13 and moved to no. 164 later. In 1804 Laresche restored the first pocket chronometer which Pierre Le Roy had created for the collection of Louis Jean Marie de Bourbon, the Duke of Penthièvre. Laresche invented an alarm mechanism which he obtained a patent for in 1820. He also dedicated himself to improving the quality of watch oils; in 1827 he published a paper on the use of olive oils on watches and was awarded a gold medal for it. Amongst other things Laresche designed a new mechanism for equation clocks with pendulum; he did not only sell his own pieces but was also supplied by Jacques-Frédéric Houriet.
Source: http://watch-wiki.org/index.php?title=Laresche,_Henri, as of 02/29/2013
Estimate  8,500 - 9,500 €
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