Lot No. 364* (91st Auction)
Haas Neveux & Co., Genève / Eterna Watch Co., Case No. 59093, Height 135 mm, circa 1930

A very fine and rare agate and rose quartz "Pendule de Bureau" with original presentation box
Case: smoky agate and gilt silver, stepped base of smoky agate and rose quartz, silver bezel with opaque white enamelled border and a diamond-set triangular grille applied above the dial, triangular gable. The back side with hinged silver plate with ribbon decor, punch mark "H.N.C." for Haas Neveux. Dial: translucent pink enamel over engine-turned ground, florally engraved centre, stylized radial Arabic numerals studded with diamonds, diamond-set hands. Movm.: bridge movement, frosted, gilt, signed, 15 jewels, screw compensation balance, 8 day power reserve.

Haas & Cie.
In 1848 the brothers Leopold (1827-1915) and Benjamin (1828-1925) Haas, both knights of the Légion d'honneur, founded the ANCIENNE MANUFACTURE DES MONTRES HAAS & CIE in Geneva. The company excelled in unique and exceptional pieces and achieved its reputation with exquisite watches that pass for modern even today. Rare treasures such as the split second chronograph and beautifully wrought pocket and wristwatches were created in accordance with the manufacturer's fundamental motto of simplicity, technique and elegance. Benjamin Haas invented a form of winding where the mainspring was wound by opening the front cover of a hunting case watch. Patents, 1873, p. 48 illustrated and outlined British patent No. 3945, issued Dec. 2, 1873 to B. Haas. This patent was licensed to other makers. 1884 Haas changed their name to Haas Neveux & Cie, to communicate that new family members had taken positions in the company. At the same time the original logo of B.H. & Co. (for Benjamin Haas & Co) was changed to a small running hare and the letters HNC in an oval shape - representing the dynamic attitude of the company. In 1896 Haas Neveux & Cie establishes a record with an ultraflat 2mm movement for a ladies' watch and wins a first price for precision in the 1902 competition of the famous "Observatoire de Genève".
Estimate  39,000 - 45,000 €
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