Lot No. 139 (95th Auction)
Paul Buhré, St. Petersburg, "Hoflieferant seiner Majestät", Case No. 1790, 57 mm, 181 g, circa 1890

An extremely rare and magnificent heavy gold and enamel hunting case pocket watch with minute repeater and studded with half pearls - a bouquet of summer flowers
Case: 18k gold/polychrome enamel/split pearls, glazed movement. Dial: enamel. Movm.: bridge movement, 2 hammers, 2 gongs, gold screw compensation balance.

The exquisitely painted enamel medallions on the covers are of supreme quality and show delicate flower compositions on translucent cobalt blue ground with engine-turned pattern; the paintings are framed by rows of beautiful half pearls. The case band and the pendant are decorated with a gold border on blue "taille d'épargne" enamel - a striking watch in outstanding condition.

Paul Buhré took over the watch business from his father - also Paul Buhré - who had established it in 1815 in St Petersburg. He was purveyor to the court of the Russian Tsar and had branches in Moscow. The Buhré family was one of the most important retailers of watches in Russia, importing most of their timepieces from Switzerland. Around 1880 Paul Buhré founded a watch factory in Le Locle under his name, with Swiss watchmaker Paul Othenin-Girard as director of the company. When the company founder retired, Othenin-Girard continued the business together with his brother-in-law, watchmaker Georges Pfund in St Petersburg. During the revolution in 1917 the market in Russia collapsed and Buhré began specialising in deck watches, marine chronometers, chronographs and small pendulum table clocks. In 1963 Buhré was taken over by the DIXI group.
Source:,_Pawel_(Paul), as of 03/10/2017
Estimate  80,000 - 100,000 €
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