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Auctioneers Dr. Crott 90th Auction

314 313 312 Gentil Auguste, Swiss, Case No. 8353, 57 mm, 182 g, circa 1900 A fine, heavy hunting case minute repeating watch with chrono- graph, calendar and moon phase Case: 14k rose gold, tiered, polished, pusher for repetition at “12”, slide for repeating mechanism, glazed movement. Dial: enamel, Arabic numerals, auxiliary seconds, window for month, cobalt blue enamelled moon phase disc with inlaid golden moon and stars, two subsidiary dials for indications of the day and the date, Louis XV hands. Movm.: bridge movement, frosted, gilt, finely ground and bevelled chronograph steel parts, ratchet wheel, 2 hammers / 2 gongs, “Patent Swiss 14358” (“Volant régulateur amortisseur pour mécanismes d’horlogerie modérateurs”), screw compensation balance. Gentil Auguste 瑞士 — 精緻,厚實的三問獵式懷錶,附碼錶,月曆 及月相顯示 39183 C: 2, 10 D: 2, 31 M: 2, 41, 51 3.600 - 4.600 EUR 4.500 - 5.800 USD 36.000 - 46.000 HKD Louis Audemars à Brassus (Suisse), Case No. 11409, 59 mm, 261 g, circa 1905 A very heavy and very fine, astronomical minute repeating hunting case pocket watch with perpetual calendar and moon phase Case: 18k gold, tiered, polished, gold dome, glazed movement, slide for repeating mechanism, case maker punch mark “PA” (Andersen & Perret, Geneva). Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, auxiliary seconds, subsidiary dials for indications of the weekday, the month and the date under consideration of the leap year, cobalt blue enamelled moon phase disc with inlaid golden moon and stars, blued spade hands. Movm.: bridge movement, frosted, gilt, 2 hammers / 2 gongs, pink gold wheel train, gold screw compensation balance, counterpoised lever. Louis-Benjamin Audemars Born in 1782 in the Vallée de Joux, he was apprenticed at the age of 16 to the already famous Philippe Meylan, who had specialized in making watch movements. Audemars’ manual skills, keen perception and intel- ligence impressed Meylan so much, that a partnership was offered to him. In 1811 Meylan went to Geneva and made Audemars his successor. He left Audemars the workshop which produced movements for other companies. The new company Meylan formed with Piguet became beside Le Roy, Breguet, Jürgensen, Charles Oudin, LeCoultre, Piguet Frères, Bautte, Piguet & Meylan, Patek, Frodsham, Dent, and Benson important customers for Audemars. In 1832 Audemars decided to produce complete watches to sell under his own name. Louis died a year later leaving this challenge to his eight sons, who continued running and developing the Audemars company. Between 1832 and 1837 the company invented the keyless winding/setting system, which is known today as the Audemars system. Audemars catalogues list “Breguet” caliber watches, “Breguet style” repeaters with independent centre seconds, “demi Breguet” calibers and Breguet anti-shock devices (pare-chutes). The Audemars company was soon recognized as one of the best. At the London Exhibition of 1851 it showed 10 watches with different escapements and complications. The company became famous for its ultra-complicated watches. Among the honors Audemars received were: London 1851 First Class Medal, New York 1853 Bronze Medal, Paris 1855 First Class Medal, London 1862 First Class Medal, Academie Nationale de France 1856-1863 First Class Honor Medal, Vienne 1873 Medal of Progress, Philadelphia 1876, Paris 1878 1ère Medaille d’or, Croix de la Légion d’Honneur, Diplôme d’Honneur, Sidney 1879 First Class Medal, London 1880. Audemars was named Watchmaker to the Queen of England, which was a very rare honour to be bestowed upon a foreigner. Louis Audemars à Brassus (瑞士) — 極厚實,極精緻的天文獵式懷 錶,附三問,萬年曆及月相顯示 39092 C: 2, 10, 22 D: 2 M: 2, 41, 51 16.000 - 25.000 EUR 20.000 - 31.300 USD 160.000 - 250.000 HKD Barbezat-Baillot / Invicta, Swiss, Case No. 22320, 53 mm, 133 g, circa 1890 A minute repeating hunting case pocket watch with chronograph Case: 14k pink gold, engraved monogram, gold dome, case maker’s punch mark “JN”, pusher for chronograph at “2”, pusher for repetition at “12”. Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, auxiliary seconds, spade hands. Movm.: bridge movement, frosted, gilt, finely ground and bevelled chronograph steel parts, ratchet wheel, 2 hammers / 2 gongs, governor for repetition, gold screw compensation balance. Barbezat-Baillot / Invicta 瑞士 — 三問獵式懷錶,附碼錶 39095 C: 2, 10 D: 2 M: 2, 41, 51 2.500 - 3.500 EUR 3.200 - 4.400 USD 25.000 - 35.000 HKD

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