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Pierre Rigaud
 
Lot No. 57*
Lot No. 57*
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A fine Geneva minute repeating pocket watch
Estimate  9,000 - 12,000 €
a lot of the last auction!
Product Details
CASE
18k gold, reeded band, glazed movement.
very good.
DIAL
Enamel.
very good, hairline.
MOVEMENT
Full plate movement, keywind, applied strike mechanism, verge escapement, three-arm ring balance.
very good, capable of running.
DIMENSIONS
56 mm
CIRCA
1815
WEIGHT
124 g
ORIGIN
Swiss
Product Description

This is a particularly rare and attractive pocket watch features a minute repeater – which, due to its highly complex design, is very unusual to appear in a watch dating from the 1820s.
Swiss maker Jean-Pierre Rigaud was born in Geneva in July 1750; he was the son of watchmaker Lazare Rigaud (1716-1785) and his wife Elisabeth Aubert (circa 1729-1789). In 1775 Rigaud married Marie de Choudens (1751-1828), the daughter of maker Jacques de Choudens (1728-1801). Rigaud was appointed maker to the Russian court and henceforth signed his timepieces Pierre Rigaud. He was also mayor of Dardagny from circa 1818 to 1820; Dardagny was a small town 11 kilometres to the west of Geneva near the French border. Jean-Pierre Rigaud died at the age of 69 on Saturday, January 11, 1820 in Dardagny.
A pocket watch by Rigaud resides in the Château de Versailles.
Source: watch-wiki.org/index.php?title=Rigaud,_Jean-Pierre, as of 04/06/2021

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