J. D. Piguet et P. Meylan à Genève, Case No. 1789, 43 mm, 60 g, circa 1820
A gentleman's exquisite half pearl-studded gold enamel quarter repeating pocket watch with pin-wheel escapement and musical movement, for the Chinese market - with original watch key with enamel decoration Case: 18k rose gold, on/off lever for the musical movement "S/M". Dial: gilt, engine-turned and florally engraved, white enamel cartouches. Movm.: bridge movement, keywind, 2 hammers, 2 gongs, cylinder escapement, three-arm ring balance, musical movement with pinned disc and tuned vibrating blades.
The case back is decorated with wavy and floral engine-turned pattern and translucent cobalt blue enamelling; both sides are set with half pearls. The striking condition of the engine-turning and the exquisite dial attest to the outstanding quality of this watch and the appreciation which it was shown by its previous owners.
J.D. Piguet et S. Meylan à Genève Piguet was an expert craftsman who produced his watches in partnership with Henry Capt and Philippe Samuel Meylan, and later also with his sons. Philippe Samuel Meylan came to Geneva at the age of 20 to work for Louis Audemars & Cie. He opened his own workshop near Le Brassus in 1811, but returned to Geneva later. He met Piguet and formed the partnership with him; they worked in Geneva under the name "Piguet & Meylan" from 1811 to 1828. The company was well known for the production of early ”China-watches” and became famous for its pocket watches with special functions; they created automatons with man and animal shapes and intricate musical mechanisms as well as skeleton watches.
Estimate 18,000 - 25,000 €
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