610 lots

LOT 81

Important Watches, Wristwatches and C... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 18, 1998

Patek Philippe & Cie, Geneve, "Pagoda", No. 3066706, case No 4018086, Ref. 4900G-001, made in 1997. Very fine and rare, rectangular "bombe", "Pagoda" shaped, 18K white gold lady's wristwatch, with fitted box and certificate.

C. flared, massive, polished, satined, concave sides. D. pink with 24 diamondset indexes. "Baton" white gold hands. M. 16-250, 7 1/4"' Geneva Quality Hall Mark, rhodium plated, "fausses cotes" decoration, 18 jewels, lever escapement, Giromax balance adjusted for heat, cold isochronism and 5 positions, antishock system, self-compensating flat balancespring. Dial, case and movement signed. Dim. 25 x 32 mm.

Grading System: AAA

CHF 15,000 - 18000

Sold: CHF 20,700

This watch was specially produced in 1997 to mark the inauguration of Patek Philippe's new watchmaking centre in Geneva. It is one of a series of ladies wristwatches of which 500 are in 18I. yellow gold, 150 in 18K rose gold and 100 in 18K white gold.

LOT 82

Important Watches, Wristwatches and C... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 18, 1998

Patek Philippe & Cie, Geneve, "Pagoda", No. 1858392, case No 4013325, Ref. 5500J-001, made in 1997. Very fine and rare, rectangular "bombe", "Pagoda" shaped, 18K yellow gold gentleman's wristwatch, with fitted box and certificate.

C. flared, massive, polished, satined, concave sides. D. Champagne with applied gold Roman numerals + auxiliary seconds dial. "Feuille " burnished steel hands. M. 215 Geneva Quality Hall Mark, rhodium plated, "fausses cotes" decoration, 18 jewels, lever escapement, Giromax balance adjusted for heat, cold isochronism and 5 positions, antishock system, selfcompensating flat balance-spring. Dial, case and movement signed. Dim. 29 x 41 mm.

Grading System: AAA

CHF 18,000 - 22000

This watch was specially produced in 1997 to mark the inauguration of Patek Philippe's new watchmaking centre in Geneva. It is one of a chronometer wristwatches of which 1100 are in 18K yellow gold, 500 in I8K pink gold, 250 in 18K white gold and 150 in platinum.

LOT 83

Important Watches, Wristwatches and C... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 18, 1998

Toghah, made for the Persian Market, circa 1680. Very fine oval gilt-bronze pre-balance spring watch with damascened back plate.

C. Cast, two body, oval "bassine" with split bezel, the band engraved with panels of arabesques, the back pierced and chased with flowers and foliage. D. Giltbrass eccentric chapter ring with Turkish numerals with outer chased arabesque decoration and similarly decorated centre. Blued-steel single hand. M. Hinged oval gilt-brass full plate with pierced quatrefoil pillars, the back plate overlaid with a damascened and nielloed silver plate. Fusee with chain, three wheel train with verge escapement, plain two-arm steel balance without spring, florally pierced silver cock with triangular foot. Inlaid set-up disc. Signed on the movement Dim. 62 x 48 mm.

Grading System: AA

CHF 10,000 - 12000

Sold: CHF 10,350

Although watches of this type have traditionally been attributed to Turkish makers, the style of this example is more traditionally Arabic in taste. The case is in fact cast and then chased, and although not striking, the pierced decoration is typical of that region.

LOT 84

Important Watches, Wristwatches and C... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 18, 1998

George Clarke, London, No. 1135, made for the Islamic Market, circa 1770. Very fine and unusual 22K gold, diamond set paircased quarter repeating watch.

C. Double body outer paved with large rose-cut diamonds. Double body inner, "bassine", finely pierced and engraved with scrolling foliage, a rose-cut diamond set in the pendant. D. Gold champleve with Turkish numerals. Blued-steel "poker and beetle " hands. M. Hinged gilt-brass full plate with turned pillars, fusee with chain, verge escapement, plain brass three-arm balance, flat balance spring, gilt-brass cock pierced and engraved with scrolling foliage. Quarter repeating on a bell by depressing the pendant. Gilt-brass dust-cap. Signed on the dial, dust-cap and back plate. Diam. 42 mm.

Grading System: AAA

CHF 18,000 - 22000

George Clarke is recorded working in Leadenhall Street from about 1725 to 1787.

LOT 85

Important Watches, Wristwatches and C... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 18, 1998

Daniel de St. Leu, Watchmaker to Her Majesty, London, No. 3110, made for the Islamic Market, circa 1815. Very fine and rare 18K gold pair-cased, diamond and gem-set, quarter striking clock watch.

C. Outer double body, the diamond-set bezels chased with varicoloured gold floral decoration, the back applied with a diamond set pattern of flowers and foliage, an emerald-set crescent and a diamond-set star centred with an emerald over a matted ground. Inner double body, "bassine", the back pierced and engraved with scrolling foliage and flowers, a ruby cabochon set on the pendant_ D. White enamel with Turkish numerals. Diamond-set fancy hands. M. giltbrass full plate with cylindrical pillars, fusee and chain, verge escapement, plain gold three-arm balance, gilt-brass cock pierced and engraved with scrolling foliage. Striking on a hell, with strike-silent selection lever on the bezel. Gilt-brass dust-cap. Signed on the dial, the dust-cap and the back plate. Diam. 60mm.

CHF 70,000 - 90000

This watch in remarkable by the size and the quality of the gems. DE SAINT LED, Daniel He made watches both Inc the English and the Eastern export markets. Watchmaker to George III and Queen Charlotte from 1765 onwards; in 1753 he was established in Cloak Lane at `The Golden i-lead'. Later he was at 38 Cornhill and was succeeded about 1790 by Rivers & Son.

LOT 86

Important Watches, Wristwatches and C... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 18, 1998

Daniel de St. Leu, Watchmaker to Her Majesty, London, No. 15717, made for the Islamic Market, circa 1800. Very fine and rare 18K gold diamond-set pair-cased, quarter striking clock watch with double face matching chatelaine, in a later fitted box.

C. Outer double body, the diamond-set bezel chased with a wreath of flowers, the back chased with diamond-set musical trophies trophies against a matted ground, the border decoration matching that of the bezel. Inner double body, "bassine", the back pierced and engraved with flowers and foliage. Gold matching chatelaine chased with a diamond-set croissant, a star, a bow and a quiver on one side, chased with flowers and foliage on the reverse. D. White enamel with Turkish numerals. Diamond-set hands. M. Gilt-brass full plate double train, with turned pillars, fusee with chain, verge escapement, plain brass three-arm balance, gilt-brass cock pierced and engraved with scrolling foliage. Striking train with fixed gilt-brass barrels and revolving arbor. Striking on a bell with strike-silent selection lever on the bezel. Gilt-brass dust-cap. Signed on the dial, dust-cap and back plate. Diam. 64 mm.

Grading System:

CHF 80,000 - 100000

Sold: CHF 102,500

This watch is not only remarkable by its size and the quality of the rose-cut diamonds but also by its extremely fine matching chatelaine. Watches by Daniel de Saint Leu, still retaining their original matching chatelaine are very rare.

LOT 87

Important Watches, Wristwatches and C... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 18, 1998

Daniel de Saint Let, Watchmaker to Her Majesty, London, made for the Islamic Market, circa 1800. Very fine and rare 18K varicoloured gold diamond-set pair-cased, quarter striking clock watch with double face matching chatelaine, in later fitted box.

C. Outer double body, the diamond-set bezel chased with a wreath of flowers, the back chased in high relief with military trophies, the border decoration matching that of the bezel. Inner double body, "bassine ", the back pierced and engraved with flowers and foliage, the pendant set with a large rose-cut diamond. Gold matching chatelaine chased with diamond-set military trophies on one side, chased with flowers and foliage on the reverse. D. White enamel with Turkish numerals. Diamond-set hands. M. Gilt-brass full plate double train, with turned pillars, fusee with chain, verge escapement, plain brass three-arm balance, gilt-brass cock pierced and engraved with scrolling foliage. Striking train with fixed gilt-brass barrels and revolving arbor. Striking on a bell with strike-silent selection lever on the bezel. Gilt-brass dust-cap. Signed on the dial, dust-cap and back plate. Diam. 63 mm.

Grading System:

CHF 80,000 - 100000

This watch is not only remarkable by its size and the quality of the rose-cut diamonds but also by its extremely fine matching chatelaine. Watches by Daniel de Saint Lett, still retaining their original matching chatelaine are very rare.

LOT 88

Important Watches, Wristwatches and C... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 18, 1998

Daniel de Saint Leu, Watchmaker to Her Majesty, London, No. 1143/2524, made for the Islamic Market, case stampted with maker's mark of John Penny, circa 1815. Very fine and rare 18K gold pair-cased, diamond-set, quarter striking clock watch.

C. Outer double body, the diamond-set bezel chased with a wreath of flowers, the back chased with laurel branches and flags against a matted ground and applied with a crescent and a star set with large rosecut diamonds, the border decoration matching that of the bezel. Inner double body, "bassine" with diamond-set bow, a large rose-cut diamond set on the pendant, the back pierced and engraved with scrolling foliage and centred with flowers. D. White enamel with Turkish numerals (very slightly restored on the border). Diamond-set hands. M. Gilt-brass full plate double train, with turned pillars, fixed gilt-brass barrels with revolving arbours on both trains, cylinder escapement, plain brass three-arm balance, gilt-brass cock pierced and engraved with scrolling foliage. Striking on a bell with strike-silent selection lever on the bezel. Signed on the dial, dust-cap and back plate. Diam. 62 mm.

Grading System: AAA

CHF 70,000 - 90000

This watch is remarkable by the size and the quality of the rosecut diamonds.

LOT 89

Important Watches, Wristwatches and C... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 18, 1998

Daniel de Saint Leu, Watchmaker to Her Majesty, London, made for the Islamic Market, circa 1810. Very fine 18K varicoloured gold pair-cased, quarter repeating watch.

C. Outer, double body Louis XVI, the bezels with applied varicoloured floral and foliage decoration, the back chased with an urn of flowers and military trophies. Inner double body "bassine", with pierced and engraved foliage decoration. D. White enamel with Turkish numerals. Gold "poker and beetle " hands. M. Hinged gilt-brass fill plate with cylindrical pillars, fusee with chain, verge escapement, plain brass three-aim balance, flat balance spring and English gilt-brass pierced and engraved cock with polished steel end-piece. Quarter repeating on a bell by depressing the pendant_ Gilt-brass dust-cap. Signed on the dial, back plate and dust-cap. Diam. 59 nun.

Grading System: A

CHF 30,000 - 35000

LOT 90

Important Watches, Wristwatches and C... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 18, 1998

Daniel de Saint Leu, Watchmaker to Her Majesty, London No. 17429, made for the Islamic Marketm circa 1810. Very fine 18K varicoloured gold pair-cased, quarter repeating watch.

C. Outer, double body Louis XVI, the bezels with applied varicoloured floral and foliage decoration, the back centred with an elaborate urn of flowers. Inner double body "bassine", with pierced and brightcut engraved foliage decoration. D. White enamel with Turkish numerals. Gold "poker and beetle" hands. M. Hinged gilt-brass full plate with cylindrical pillars, fusee with chain, verge escapement, plain brass three arm balance, flat balance spring and English gilt-brass pierced and engraved cock with ruby end-stone. Quarter repeating on a bell by depressing the pendant. Gilt-brass dust-cap. Signed on the dial, back plate and dust-cap. Diann 59 mm.

Grading System: AAA

CHF 30,000 - 35000

LOT 91

Important Watches, Wristwatches and C... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 18, 1998

Daniel de Saint Leu, London, made for the Islamic Market, circa 1780. Fine and very unusual 18K varicoloured gold paircased quarter repeating and striking clock watch.

C. Double body outer, the bezel chased with a foliage decoration, the back chased in high relief with military trophies and outer foliage decoration matching that of' the bezel. Inner double body "bassine " , pierced and engraved with scrolling foliage, the pendant set with a large rose-cut diamond. D. White enamel with Turkish numerals. Gold "Louis XV" hands. M. Hinged gilt-brass full plate with cylindrical pillars, fusee with chain, verge escapement, plain brass three-arm balance, flat balance spring and English gilt-brass pierced and engraved cock with diamond end-stone. Striking train with fixed barrel and revolving arbor. Quarter striking and repeating on a bell by depressing the pendant. Signed on the dial. Dian. 59 nun.

CHF 30,000 - 35000

Sold: CHF 32,200

The prestigious watches made by Daniel de Saint Leu for the Islamic Market are either quarter repeating or quarter striking. A quarter so il:iug clock watch train, combined with an independent quarter repeating train is it most unusual feature in the work of Daniel de Saint Leu.

LOT 92

Important Watches, Wristwatches and C... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 18, 1998

Breguet No. 248, sold to Monsieur 1'Ambassadeur Turc, on An 6 (1797-1798) for 1200 Francs. Fine silver pair-cased pull quarter repeating coach watch with alarm.

C. Double body otter, tortoiseshell covered with pinwork decoration. Double body inner by Tavernier No. 1313, polished, the back pierced with roundels on the border. D. White enamel by Coteau, with Turkish numerals. Blued-steel Breguet hands and concentric alarm pointer. Gilt-brass dial plate engraved: Breguet a Paris No. 248. M. Hinged gilt-brass full plate with tapered pillars, fusee with chain, verge escapement, plain brass three-arm balance, gilt-brass continental cock pierced and engraved with scroll work, polishedsteel end-piece. Pull wind quarter repeating on a large bell. Alarm train with fixed barrel. Diam. 110 mm.

Grading System: AAA

CHF 20,000 - 24000

This watch is illustrated and described by George Daniels in 77u' ~I rl of Brogue', p. 128, fig. 124 a-c. Esseici Ali Effendi (? - 1809) Born in Mot-ea, he began his career in Istanbul in the (:hancellery of the "Sublime Porte". hi response to the arrival of Marshal Sebastiani as French Ambassador in Istanbul, the Sultan of Turkey sent Ali Effendi to Paris in a similar capacity in 1796. After a stay of three years, he return to Turkey and was put in charge of the Naval Shipyards, eventually becoming Minister for the Navy, and making a substantial contribution towards the reform of the armed forces. Ali Effendi held several positions of importance during the reigns of both Selim IV and Mustafa IV, particularly during the negotiations of the Treaty with Napoleon. However, his arrogant nature eventually led to his being ordered away from Istanbul, and he was assassinated in 1809. During his stay in Paris, he became a very good friend of Tallcyrand who introduced him to Breguet. Together with his interpreter Malotalcy, he became one of Bregnet's hest clients from 1798, buying a minute repeating Grande Sonuerie clock watch in 1799 and a long-case regulator in 1801. Back to Turkey in 1802, he wrote several letters to his friend Breguet and ordered 10 repeating watches between 1804 and 1808, several less expensive watches and pocket thermometers. He was the first, with his friend Stephanaki, an important watch dealer in Istanbul, to show Breguet all the potential that the Islamic Market could offer if special watches were to be produced for it: they had to be pair cased, made of gold and enamel and to be fitted with white enamel Turkish dials. As Minister of the Turkish Marine in 1804 he ordered for the Emperor Selim I1, a repeating watch as good as possible. Information drawn from: Bregttel - Walcln other since 1775, by Emmanuel Breguet, Gourcuff Edition, Paris 1997.

LOT 93

Important Watches, Wristwatches and C... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 18, 1998

Swiss, in the style of John Rich, made for the Islamic Market, circa 1790. Rare 18K gold and enamel scent bottle with built-in watch and carillon musical movement.

C. Three body, designed as a scent bottle entirely decorated in pink flinque enamel with painted ribbons and garlands of flowers, the hinged front lid with dial and balance apertures, the back centred with a painted landscape within rose-cut set frame of leaves enamelled en pate, the band and borders decorated en suite. Gold cap with built-in screwed key and diamond-set bow. D. Small white enamel with Turkish numerals. Rose-cut diamond set Louis XV hands. M. Inverted gilt brass, unusual calibre designed as an urn the plate finely engraved with foliage, going barrel, cylinder escapement, silver three-arm rose-cut diamond set balance, flat balance spring. Musical pindrum carillon movement, striking on four bells with five hammers. Height 103 mm. including the bow.

Grading System: AAA

CHF 30,000 - 40000

Sold: CHF 71,300

An similar scent bottle was sold by Antiquorum in Geneva on October 1990, lot No. 393.

LOT 94

Important Watches, Wristwatches and C... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 18, 1998

Breguet & Fits a Paris, No. 13684, Swiss, made for the Islamic Market, circa 1830. Very fine 18K gold and enamel hunting cased, quarter repeating diamond-set watch with alarm, in a latter mahogany fitted box.

C. Three body, Empire, the red flinque enamelled band with azure champleve enamel decoration, cover and back with champleve floral decoration over a pink ground, the cover centred with a painted vase of flowers within a white champleve enamel and red flinque frame with scalloped edge, the back centred with a view of the Bosphorus and Hagia Sophia in the foreground. Inner gold fixed dome chased with varicoloured floral decoration against a matted ground and enhanced by a diamond-set bunch of flowers. Hinged gold inner bezel and gilt-brass dustcap. D. White enamel with Turkish numerals. Gold Breguet hands. M. Hinged gilt-brass full plate with cylindrical pillars, going barrel, cylinder escapement, plain steel three-arm balance, flat balance spring with regulator, small English style gilt-brass cock with diamond end-stone. Alarm train with fixed barrel and revolving arbor, striking and repeating on a bell by depressing the pendant. Signed on the dial and dust-cap. Diam. 60 mm.

Grading System: AA

CHF 40,000 - 45000

Sold: CHF 46,000

Very line example of a good quality watch, produced in Switzerland for the Islamic Market and bearing the apocryphal signattu e of Breguet.

LOT 95

Important Watches, Wristwatches and C... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 18, 1998

Blondel & Melly a Geneve, No. 13655, made for the Islamic Market, circa 1830. Very fine 18K varicoloured gold and enamel watch.

C. Four body with scalloped edge, the bezel decorated with alternated panels enamelled with painted trophies over a powder blue ground, the back with alternated sectors of enamel, painted with flowers over a powder blue ground and varicoloured gold sectors chased with trophies. Hinged gold cuvette engraved with technical details. D. White enamel with Turkish numerals and subsidiary seconds, the centre decorated with gold painted trophies. Blued-steel Breguet hands. M. 16''', gilt brass, bar calibre with going barrel, Swiss swan-neck lateral lever escapement, monometallic balance, flat balance spring with regulator. Signed on the cuvette. Diam. 50 mnt.

Grading System: A

CHF 10,000 - 12000

Sold: CHF 12,650

LOT 96

Important Watches, Wristwatches and C... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 18, 1998

Geneva, made for the Islamic Market, circa 1820. Very fine 18K gold and enamel oval snuff box.

Oval with scalloped edge, the band with alternate flowers, painted over a green ground and trophies on a pink ground, the lid and the back of the box decorated en suite and centred with a fine landscape of the Bosphorus on the cover, a composition of flowers and musical trophies on the back. Dim. 75 x 52 mm.

Grading System: AA

CHF 10,000 - 12000

Sold: CHF 17,825

LOT 97

Important Watches, Wristwatches and C... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 18, 1998

Swiss, made for the Islamic Market, circa 1830. Very fine and unusual 18K gold and enamel, quarter repeating watch with digital jumping hours.

C. Four body, "forme collier", entirely enamelled with white champleve flowers and foliage over a purple flinque ground, the cover with the digital hour aperture above the eccentric minutes dial aperture, the back with a finely painted view of a harbour within a scalloped edged frame. Hinged gold cuvette engraved with technical details. D. Silver engineturned, the digital jumping Turkish hour aperture above the eccentric minutes ring with inner sunk subsidiary seconds. Gold Breguet hand. M. 20"', gilt brass, bar calibre, 10 jewels, ruby cylinder escapement, plain gilt-brass three arm balance, flat balance spring, Breguet pare-chute suspension and bimetallic compensation curb on the index. Repeating on gongs with pull-twist piston through the pendant. Diam. 52 mm.

Grading System: AAA

CHF 40,000 - 45000

Very good example of a rare digital jumping hour, quarter repeating watch, made for the Islamic Market.

LOT 98

Important Watches, Wristwatches and C... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 18, 1998

Piguet & Cie. A Geneve, circa 1830. Fine and rare 18K gold, minute repeating watch.

C. Three body with engine-turned band, the bezels chased with floral decoration, the back engraved in the Renaissance style with a medieval anchivalry scene with outer floral and foliage decoration. Hinged gold engine-turned cuvette with inscription "en reserve " . D. Silver, engraved with foliage, the Roman numerals on cartouches "en reserve " . Gold Breguet hands. M. 21"', gilt brass, bar calibre with free standing barrel, 8 jewels, ruby cylinder escapement, plain giltbrass three-arm balance with Breguet pare-chute suspension, flat balance spring with bimetallic Breguet compensation curb. Repeating on three gongs with pull-twist piston through the pendant. Signed on the cuvette. Diam. 53 mm.

Grading System: AA

CHF 12,000 - 14000

LOT 99

Important Watches, Wristwatches and C... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 18, 1998

Swiss, No. 1222, made for the Islamic Market, circa 1880. Very fine and rare 18K gold and enamel, diamond-set hunting cased keyless watch with concealed enamel portrait, the case in the mariner of J. Ferrero.

C. Five body, massive, "bassine ct filets " , bezels and band chased with formal decoration, diamond-set bow and winding-crown designed as a crown, cover and back with blue enamel panel with red flinque foliage decoration on the border and with large rosecut diamonds inlaid in a rosette pattern. The enamel portrait of Abdel Aziz, 32nd Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, grisaille painted, concealed within the back. Hinged gold cuvette. D. White enamel with blue and red Turkish numerals, the centre decorated with a red rosette. Gold "spade" hands. M. 16"', gilt brass, 15 jewels, counterpoised straight line lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, Breguet balance spring. Numbered on the cuvette. Diam. 48 mm

Grading System: AAA

CHF 50,000 - 60000

Sold: CHF 57,500

J. Ferrero Case maker jeweller, able engraver and enameller, he was successor to j. 1.. Simonet & Cie. He settled in Geneva, 19, rue du Rhone in 1854, and specialised in very expensive gold and enamelled watch cases, richly inlaid with diamonds and gems, made for the Chinese, Indian and Islamic markets. He also used to work with Graft, the celebrated portrait painter. J. Ferrero received the highest award at the Chicago Universal Exhibition in 1893 and a gold medal at the Exposition Nationale de Geneve in 1896. He was appointed member of the Jury at the Exposition Universelle de Paris in 1900. Abdul Aziz, born on November 9, 1830, was the 32nd Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, reigning from 1861 to 1876, and died in Constantinople on June 4, 1876. He succeeded to his brother Abdul-Medjid in June 1861 and at first seemed to be continuing the liberal politics of the "Tanzimat" (popular reforms): to reduce public debt, he withdrew his civil list and sold the crown jewels. However, it would have been an illusion to believe in such spectacular measures, and soon enough came to light a total lack of order in the finances, general administrative chaos, insubordination of several government officials, and Turkey, more than ever, was seen as "the sick man of Europe". At the same time, there were growing threats from other countries: after the insurrection of Crete (1866), which Turkey only managed to contain thanks to the intervention of western powers, there were uprisings in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1875) while horrible massacres against Christians were taking place in Bulgaria. In the meantime, the Turkish government was in sheer bankruptcy and had stopped paying interests on its European loans. Public opinion reached its worse when Abdul Aziz was placed under supervision by the Russian Ambassador Ignatiev. At this point, reformers led by Midhat Pacha forced the Sultan to dismiss the Grand Vizier Mahmoud Nedim, and then to abdicate in favour of his nephew Mourad (May 30, 1876). Five clays later, Abdul Aziz was found (lead, probably murdered, although the official version concluded that he had committed suicide by cutting his veins with scissors.

LOT 100

Important Watches, Wristwatches and C... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 18, 1998

Swiss, No. 1082, made for the Islamic Market, circa 1880. Very fine and rare 18K gold and enamel, diamond-set hunting cased keyless watch, the case in the manner of J. Ferrero.

C. Four body, massive, the band entirely pave-set with rose-cut diamonds, the cover with 12 chapter apertures and centred with a Royal crown, the back decorated en suite with black champleve enamelled decoration, the band chased with "fleurs de lys", diamond-set bow and winding-crown designed as a crown. Hinged gold cuvette. D. Black enamel with gilt Turkish numerals. Gold "spade" hands. M. 16"', nickel plated with gold wheel train, "fausses cotes" decoration, 15 jewels, counterpoised straight line lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, Breguet balance spring. Numbered on the cuvette. Dian. 46 mm.

CHF 55,000 - 65000

The style of the case and of the winding-crown of this watch, compared to that of lot 99 which also carries the serial number engraved in the same way on the cuvette, indicates that they were produced by the same workshop. J. Ferrero Case maker jeweller, able engraver and enameller, he was successor to J. L. Simonet & Cie. He settled in Geneva, 19, rue du Rhone in 1854, and specialised in very expensive gold and enamelled watch cases, richly inlaid with diamonds and gems, made for the Chinese, Indian and Islamic markets. He also used to work with Graff, the celebrated portrait painter. J. Ferrero received the highest award at the Chicago Universal Exhibition in 1893 and a gold medal at the Exposition Nationale de Geneve in 1896. He was appointed member of the Jul . ) at the Exposition Universelle de Paris in 1900.