Lot No. 359 (92nd Auction)
Le Roy & Fils, Horlogers de la Marine, Palais Royal, Paris, 296 Regent Street, London, No. 40340, Case No. 6586, 50 mm, 114 g, circa 1890

A gentleman's very fine, rare quarter repeating pocket watch with jumping and stoppable centre second
Case: 18k gold, polished, engraved noble family crest, à goutte, numbered and signed gold dome, slide to stop the centre seconds. Dial: enamel, radial Roman numerals, spade hands. Movm.: bridge movement, rhodium-plated, "fausses côtes" decoration, 2 hammers / 2 gongs, two barrels, pink gold train, gold screw compensation balance, counterpoised lever.

Le Roy
Charles Le Roy founded the oldest watch manufacture in France at 1764 in Paris. Greatly appreciated by the King, the Queen, and the Court, Charles Le Roy was often invited to the Louvre. He was noted for the perfection of his watches and his beautiful clocks that decorated the walls of princely palaces and mansions throughout Europe. During the period of the French Revolution from September 1793 - July 1794, he used an anagram of his name, EYLOR, rather than his real name, which had been too closely associated with the aristocracy. This name can still be found today on the clock dials and on the plates of watches produced during the era. Charles Le Roy's son had learned the watchmaking trade with his father, and in 1827, father and son became associates, the company name changing to Le Roy & Fils, Horlogers du Roi. At this point, the archives began to be conserved.
Estimate  5,500 - 7,000 €

Price Realised  3,100 €
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