Etienne Tavernier 巴黎，50 mm，約 1815
Etienne Tavernier, 50 mm, circa 1815
An important watch key of museum quality with calendar and moon phase
Case: 18k gold, glazed on both sides, reeded band. Dial: Front: enamel, outer red Arabic date numerals, inner blue weekdays in French, blued steel hands. Back: gold, polished, arched aperture for the blue enamelled moon phase disc with golden stars and moon.
Etienne Tavernier (1756-1839)
Etienne Tavernier worked in Paris as a respected timepiece maker for over fifty yeras. Although the "golden age" of his solo work was circa 1800-1830, he produced his fiines examples during his partnership with Philippe Gros form 1830. Gros went to continue to succeed in business following Tavernier's death in 1839.
Timepieces featuring advanced calendar movements but signed Abraham-Louis Breguet (also often containing musical movements), had parts supplied by Tavernier when operating from his workshop at Rue des Fossés.
Illustrated and described in: "The Keys of Time" by Yves Droz, France 2012, p. 286-287.