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Lot No. 26
Lot No. 26
Estimate  5,000 - 10,000 €
Price Realised  6,900 €
This is a lot of the last auction!

Courvoisier Frères "Mobilis", La Chaux-de-Fonds

, Movement No. 102882, Case No. 2502, 53 mm, 102 g, circa 1900

A "poor man's tourbillon" in almost mint condition, based on Paul Loichot’s Swiss patent no. 30754; with club-tooth lever escapement and a rare, lavishly decorated niello-silver case with matching niello-silver chatelaine and pill box - with original box

Case: niello-silver. Dial: gilt, engine-turned and florally engraved. Movm.: full plate movement, U.S. Pat. appl. for D.R.P. ang. Pat. N. 7888/1905, Brevettato R.A.208.N.232, Btè S.G.D.G. 30754, screw compensation balance.

The delicately wrought case of this pocket watch is decorated with a filigree pattern of stars and tendrils as well as an eye-catching rose gold signature cartouche. The watch comes with a matching chatelaine made of niello-silver links with stripe pattern and a small box with floral ornamentation.

Brothers Henri-Louis and Philippe Auguste Courvoisier traded from 1842 on under the name "Courvoisier Frères" . When more brothers joined the partnership in 1882, they changed the company name to "Courvoisier Fils". Specialising in high quality watches, they were commissioned by the city of La Chaux-de-Fonds to create a watch for the Prussian King William IV; at the time this ultra-flat watch was supposedly the thinnest in the world. The tourbillon movement invented by the Swiss Paul Loichot (which he turned in the case so it would be visible face-sided) was patented for the Courvoisier brothers on July 4th, 1905 under the number 19062 and the name "Mobilis".
Case: very good
Dial: very good
Movm.: very good, capable of running

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