I. & E. Duchéne à Genève, Case No. 91283, 48 mm, 90 g, circa 1850
An exquisite, thin Swiss gold enamel pocket watch with turnable case - so called "Cabriolet" - wearable as a lepine or as hunting cased watch Case: 18k gold, polychrome enamel. Dial: enamel. Movm.: bridge movement, side lever escapement, ring balance.
This pocket watch stands out because of the exceptional quality of the case and the polychrome enamelled alpine landscape scenes. The gilded dial with its delicately engraved South Tyrolean landscape showing a castle, a castle ruin and a vineyard completes the pleasant picture. The case manufactory was also used by Patek Philippe during their early years.
Duchéne & Fils produced generations of watchmakers in the 18th and 19th century and the company Duchéne was renowned for its high quality pocket watches. Louis Duchéne was a specialist for repeating pocket watches with automatons; pocket watches were produced with enamel paintings, with petite and grande sonnerie, date indication, minute repeating, or jumping hour.
Estimate 6,500 - 8,500 €
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