157 lots

LOT 41

The Private Collection of Theodor Beyer Hotel Baur Au Lac, Zurich, Nov 16, 2003

Blondeau, horloger Bte du Roi, No. 2360, Rue de la Paix No. 19 à Paris, circa 1820. Fine and rare 20K gold double-train Grande et Petite Sonnerie quarter-repeating clockwatch with visible works.

C. Four-body, "Empire", engine-turned, gold hinged cuvette with winding and setting apertures as well as with grande/petite sonnerie and striking/silent levers. D. Silver, champlevé radial Roman numerals, outer minute dot divisions, engine turned center. Gold Breguet hands. M. 51.9 mm (23'''), frosted gilt, fixed barrels, 8 jewels, cylinder escapement, three-arm gold balance with flat balance spring, striking and repeating works set on the back plate, repeating on gongs by tripping small pushbutton at the pendant.Signed on the cuvette, case punched with French guarantee marks.Diam. 60 mm.

Grading System: AAA

CHF 30,000 - 40000

EUR 20,000 - 26000

USD 22,000 - 30000

Sold: CHF 27,600

LOT 42

The Private Collection of Theodor Beyer Hotel Baur Au Lac, Zurich, Nov 16, 2003

Boubon, Palais Royal, Paris, No. 123, circa 1815. Fine and rare 18K gold dead center seconds quarter-repeating watch with date and ruby du- plex escapement.

C. Four-body, "Empire", polished with reeded band, gilt hinged cuvette. D. Gold, small Roman chapter set at the lower part with outer minute divisions, subsidiary date dial at the top, outermost dead-seconds track, engine-turned center with motto "NOCTE AC DIE". Blued steel Breguet and "spade" hands. M. 53 mm, frosted gilt full plate, fusee and chain, Harrison's maintaining power, double-wheel ruby duplex escapement with steel escape wheels, large three-arm gold balance wheel with ruby locking and impulse pallets, blued steel flat balance spring with compensation curb, escapement jeweled in rubies, repeating on square gongs by depressing the pendant.Signed on the cuvette.Diam. 60 mm.

Grading System: AAA

CHF 25,000 - 30000

EUR 16,000 - 20000

USD 18,500 - 22000

LOT 43

The Private Collection of Theodor Beyer Hotel Baur Au Lac, Zurich, Nov 16, 2003

Unsigned, French, No. 3791, circa 1835. Fine and very rare 18K gold dress watch with retrograde fly-back seconds hand.

C. Four-body, "forme quatre baguettes", engine-turned, gold hinged engraved cuvette. D. Silver, eccentric champlevé radial Roman chapter on brushed ring with outer minute divisions, set in the lower part of an engine-turned and whitened plate, the top with brushed seconds sector. Gold Breguet hands.M. 45.1 mm (20'''), frosted gilt, jeweled cylinder escapement, three-arm gilt balance with flat balance spring.Case punched with the French guarantee marks used between 1819 and 1838.Diam. 51 mm.

Grading System: AA

CHF 6,000 - 8000

EUR 3,900 - 5200

USD 4,400 - 6000

Sold: CHF 13,800

LOT 44

The Private Collection of Theodor Beyer Hotel Baur Au Lac, Zurich, Nov 16, 2003

"Breguet A Paris", Swiss, No. 4349, circa 1830. Fine and very rare 18K gold watch with seconds indication.

C. Four-body, "forme quatre baguettes", engine-turned, gold hinged cuvette. D. Silver, eccentric, champlevé radial Roman numeral chapter on brushed ring, outer minute divisions, sector aperture at the top for seconds, engine-turned and whitened reserve. Blued steel Breguet hands. M. 49.6 mm (22'''), frosted gilt, early bridge caliber, standing barrel, cylinder escapement, three-arm jeweled gold balance with flat balance spring, unusual cock with skeletonized end for the regulator pins.Signed on dial and cuvette.Diam. 52 mm.

Grading System: A

CHF 6,000 - 9000

EUR 3,900 - 6000

USD 4,400 - 6700

Sold: CHF 9,200

LOT 45

The Private Collection of Theodor Beyer Hotel Baur Au Lac, Zurich, Nov 16, 2003

Le Roy, Horologer du Roi, a Paris, No 3501, circa 1815. Very fine 20K gold quarter-repeating watch

C. four-body "Empire", No. 3167, barley corn engine-turned back, band reeded in unusual double pattern, hinged gold cuvette with winding aperture. D. Gold, champlevé radial Roman numerals, outer minute dot divisions, engine-turned sunk seconds between 4 and 5 o'clock, secured by a screw. Blued steel Breguet hands. M. 51 mm (22 1/2'''), gilt brass, bar caliber, hanging barrel with continuous stop-work, ruby cylinder escapement, plain three-arm gilt balance, flat balance spring, train jeweled to the second wheel, compensation curb, diamond endstone, repeating on blades by two hammers via the pendant acting as a pull piston.Dial and cuvette signed.Diam. 51 mm.

Grading System: AA

CHF 8,000 - 12000

EUR 5,200 - 7800

USD 6,000 - 9000

Sold: CHF 7,475

LOT 46

The Private Collection of Theodor Beyer Hotel Baur Au Lac, Zurich, Nov 16, 2003

Perrin Freres, Swiss, circa 1820. Fine and very rare silver skeletonized early minute-repeating watch with visible works.

C. Double-body, "Directoire", polished, hinged glazed gilt brass cuvette. D. White enamel chapter ring with Breguet numerals. Blued steel "Breguet" hands. M. 45 mm., gilt brass, engraved and skeletonized with gold wheel train, the barrel with gilt brass cap pierced and engraved with foliage, pin lever escapement, plain three-arm steel balance, flat balance-spring with regulator, polished steel balance cock with ruby endstone. Repeating on blued steel and polished serpent-shaped gongs by plunge in the pendant, visible repeating work set on back and pillar plates.Cuvette signed.Diam. 63 mm.

Grading System: AA

CHF 10,000 - 15000

EUR 6,500 - 9800

USD 7,400 - 11000

Sold: CHF 26,450

LOT 47

The Private Collection of Theodor Beyer Hotel Baur Au Lac, Zurich, Nov 16, 2003

The Theater Henry Capt a Genève, No. 309, circa 1815. Highly important and exceptionally rare 18K gold and enamel double-face, triple-train, musical double automaton quarter-repeating watch with provision for à tact repeating and concealed erotic automaton scene.

C. Three-body, glazed on both sides, reeded center of the band, pushbutton at 8 o'clock for à tact repeating, symmetrically at 4 o'clock gold pushbutton for activating the automaton, lever at 2 o'clock on the automaton side for revealing the erotic automaton. D. White enamel, Breguet numerals, outer minute divisions, winding apertures for going and musical/automaton trains. Gold "arrowhead" hands. M. 52.4 mm (23'''), gilt brass, full plate, cylindrical pillars, fixed barrel, cylinder escapement, brass escape wheel, 3-arm gilded brass balance, flat balance spring, pinned-drum type musical movement, six blued steel tuned vibrating blades mounted inside of both plates (three on pillar, two on back) driven by 7-wheel train terminated with pinion governor set in eccentric bushing for tempo adjustment, repeating on tapered blued steel gongs by depressing the pendant. The automaton controlled by a cam set on the going barrel which is also the pinned drum.Signed on the movement ring in Henry Capt's typical manner.Diam. 59 mm.

Grading System:

CHF 100,000 - 150000

EUR 65,000 - 98000

USD 74,000 - 111000

Sold: CHF 168,500

LOT 48

The Private Collection of Theodor Beyer Hotel Baur Au Lac, Zurich, Nov 16, 2003

The Forge of Love. Geneva, circa 1800. Fine and rare 18K gold double-train watch with independent automaton.

C. Two-body, polished with band pierced and engraved with foliate pattern, gilt cuvette hinged to the movement adapter ring. D. Small white enamel with Breguet numerals and outer gold minute divisions set at the top of the automaton scene. Blued steel Breguet hands. Automaton scene depicting three multicolored gold Cupids forging their love arrows; one hammering, the other sharpening the arrowheads, and the third maintaining the fire, the background painted on enamel with a rural landscape.M. 45 mm (20'''), hinged, engraved Lepine caliber with standing barrels, cylinder escapement, brass escape wheel, three-arm brass balance with flat balance spring. Automaton driven from its own train, adjustable eccentrically mounted pinion as governor.Diam. 55 mm.

Grading System: AA

CHF 15,000 - 20000

EUR 9,800 - 20000

USD 11,000 - 15000

LOT 49

The Private Collection of Theodor Beyer Hotel Baur Au Lac, Zurich, Nov 16, 2003

The Forge of Love Robert & Courvoisier, (Chaux de Fonds), No. 79905, circa 1800. Very fine and rare 18K gold three-train quarter-repeating virgule escapement watch with independent automaton.

C. Two-body, polished with band pierced and engraved with foliate pattern. D. Small, white enamel with Breguet numerals and outer gold minute divisions set at the bottom of the automaton scene. Blued steel Breguet hands. Automaton scene depicting two multicolored gold Cupids forging their love arrows; one hammering, and the other tending to the fire, the background painted on enamel on a gold plate, depicting an Alpine landscape.M. 49 mm (22'''), hinged, frosted gilt full plate with cylindrical pillars, fusee and chain, virgule escapement three-arm brass balance with flat balance spring, continental cock, adjustable eccentrically mounted pinion as governor, repeating on bell by depressing the pendant, hinged gilt brass dust cap, automaton activated by a slide on the bezel.Signed on the movement, dust cap and maker's initials on the dial.Diam. 56 mm.

Grading System: AA

CHF 20,000 - 30000

EUR 13,000 - 20000

USD 15,000 - 22000

Sold: CHF 43,700

LOT 50

The Private Collection of Theodor Beyer Hotel Baur Au Lac, Zurich, Nov 16, 2003

The Seesaw. Attributed to Piguet et Capt, Geneva, No. 103, circa 1810, mounted in a box from circa 1850. Very fine and interesting gold-mounted brown agate and silver gilt musical snuffbox fitted with quarter- repeating center seconds watch and independent automaton.

C. Cartouche-shaped, curved in an asymmetrical pattern from a single piece of brown agate, molded sides, hinged lid applied with gold leaf garlands, stylized foliage and scrolling, the top with circular aperture for the clock,below aperture for the automaton depicting an animated painted on enamel lady and gentleman on a seesaw while another lady plays the harp, painted on enamel background depicting a country house and garden, gold mesh cord terminated with a pearl for activating the repeater at the right side, pushpiece at the left activating the music and automaton. D. White enamel, Roman numerals, outer minute/seconds divisions, blue champlevé enamel border. Blued steel "spear" hands. M. Trapezoidal, 63 x 16 x 13, full plate, gilt brass, fixed barrel, cylinder escapement with brass escape wheel, three-arm gold balance with flat balance spring, Le Roy type repeating system with all-or-nothing with unusual double quarter rack, repeating on two straight gongs, by pulling gold cord at the right side in the lid.Music and automaton movement: Trapezoidal, 63 x 17 x 10 mm, mainspring in fixed barrel, six vibrating tuned blades with different heights of feet, pinned barrel, 7-wheel train, pinion governor in eccentric adjustable bushing for tempo adjustment.Serial number scratched in Piguet and Capt's typical manner on each movement.Dim. 95 x 62 x 43 mm..

Grading System: AAA

CHF 25,000 - 30000

EUR 16,000 - 20000

USD 19,000 - 22000

Sold: CHF 43,700

LOT 51

The Private Collection of Theodor Beyer Hotel Baur Au Lac, Zurich, Nov 16, 2003

The Spinning Wheel. Francois L'hardy, Geneva, circa 1820. Very fine, 18K gold automaton watch with quarter-repeater and striking Jacks.

C. Four-body, "Empire", back cover (later), band and bezel engine-turned, bolt on the band at 2 o'clock to block the repeating, spring-loaded, gilt brass cuvette. D. White enamel ring with Breguet numerals, outer minute divisions, center with automaton depicting a lady working at a spinning wheel in front of open curtains, while above two Cupids strike bells when repeating, all on a blued steel plate. Blued steel Breguet hands. M. 50 mm (22'''), gilt brass full plate, fusee and chain, verge escapement, plain three-arm brass balance, blued steel flat balance spring, continental cock, the automaton driven from the repeating train, repeating on gongs by depressing the pendant.Signed on the cuvette.Diam. 56 mm.

Grading System: AA

CHF 15,000 - 20000

EUR 9,000 - 13000

USD 11,000 - 15000

Sold: CHF 12,650

LOT 52

The Private Collection of Theodor Beyer Hotel Baur Au Lac, Zurich, Nov 16, 2003

Virel à Genève, circa 1810. Fine gilt brass and enamel watch with concealed erotic scene.

C. Three-body, polished back, fluted band, fixed cuvette painted on enamel depicting a young officer greeting his ladyafter a long absence. D. White enamel, Breguet numerals, outer minute divisions, winding aperture at 2 o'clock. Brass "sunray" hands. M. 45.1 mm (20'''), hinged, frosted gilt fullplate with cylindrical pillars, fusee and chain, verge escapement brass balance with flat balance spring,continental cock.Signed on dial and movement.Diam. 52 mm.

Grading System: A

CHF 4,000 - 6000

EUR 2,600 - 3900

USD 3,000 - 4400

Sold: CHF 5,980

LOT 53

The Private Collection of Theodor Beyer Hotel Baur Au Lac, Zurich, Nov 16, 2003

Bruguier a Genève, No. 191, circa 1860. Fine tortoiseshell and enamel singing bird box.

C. Rectangular, entirely covered with tortoiseshell, the bird's medallion finely painted on enamel with an Alpine lake scene, florally chased gilt frame, front with gold activation lever. M. Rectangular, 90 x 46 mm, brass, turned pillars, fusee and chain, rectangular bellows, bird moving head and tail, flapping wings, opening beak, eight cams controlling the piston and the bird's beak and tail, two additional ones for the other movements, another one for lifting the cams via a C-shaped lever lifted by a cam set on an additional arbor fitted with a lifting cam, long duration of singing, precision cam-controlled lifting mechanism, gold grill pierced and engraved with floral pattern.Signed on the movement.Diam. 95 x 65 mm.

Grading System: A

CHF 8,000 - 10000

EUR 5,200 - 6500

USD 6,000 - 7400

Sold: CHF 10,925

LOT 54

The Private Collection of Theodor Beyer Hotel Baur Au Lac, Zurich, Nov 16, 2003

Beauty Taming the Beast. James Watts, London, No. 552, made for the Chinese market, circa 1775. Fine gilt brass and glass, painted on enamel, ruby paste-set scent bottle fitted with a watch and a compartment.

C. Concave faceted glass, gilt brass beaded edges, ruby paste-set bezel, back with hinged enamel medallion depicting a lady sitting on a stone bench and resting her arm on a small stone pedestal, a lion at her feet, molded gilt base with beaded edges, gilt brass stopper with beaded edges and spherical finial. D. White enamel, radial Arabic numerals, outer minute dot divisions. Diamond-set hands. M. 32 mm, hinged, frosted gilt full plate with cylindrical pillars, fusee and chain, verge escapement, steel balance with flat balance spring, single-footed cock.Signed on the movement.Dim. height 165 mm.

Grading System: AA

CHF 12,000 - 14000

EUR 7,800 - 9000

USD 9,000 - 10500

Sold: CHF 14,950

LOT 55

The Private Collection of Theodor Beyer Hotel Baur Au Lac, Zurich, Nov 16, 2003

Courvoisier & Compagnie, No. 8278, circa 1830. Very fine and rare early bimetallic pocket thermometer.

C. Three-body, "Empire", engine-turned. D. White enamel with graduations in Fahrenheit and Réaumur scales with indications for "Degrés du froid a Paris" and "degrés du chaud" and recorded temperatures in Syria and Senegal. M. Gilt brass with bimetallic curb, rack-and-pinion transmission with coiled return spring, micrometrically adjustable lever mounted at the end of the rack acted upon by the curb.Signed on the dial.Diam. 60 mm.

Grading System: AA

CHF 3,000 - 5000

EUR 2,000 - 3300

USD 2,200 - 3700

Sold: CHF 12,650

LOT 56

The Private Collection of Theodor Beyer Hotel Baur Au Lac, Zurich, Nov 16, 2003

Bovet, Fleurier, No. 672, made for the Chinese market circa 1840. Very fine and rare 18K gold and painted on enamel, split pearl-set center seconds watch with special escapement.

C. Three-body, "Chinese" type, back panel finely painted on enamel with bouquet of flowers on a lavender background, bezels with translucent enamels over flinqué set with graduated split-pearls, pendant and bow en suite, hinged cuvette. D. White enamel, radial Roman numerals, outer minute/seconds track with fifteen-minute/seconds Arabic markers. Gold "spoon" hands. M. 49.6 mm (22""), gilt brass, fully engraved "Chinese" calibre with standing barrel, ruby duplex escapement, three-arm steel balance, flat balance spring.Signed on the movement.Diam. 57 mm.

Grading System: AAA

CHF 20,000 - 30000

EUR 13,000 - 20000

USD 15,000 - 22000

Sold: CHF 39,100

LOT 57

The Private Collection of Theodor Beyer Hotel Baur Au Lac, Zurich, Nov 16, 2003

Bovet, Fleurier, No. 698, made for the Chinese market circa 1845. Fine 18K gold and painted on enamel, split pearl-set center seconds watch with special steel caliber.

C. Four-body, "Empire", spring-loaded back cover finely painted on enamel with courting doves among flowers on green background, split-pearl bezels, champlevé enamel band, pendant and bow decorated with foliate pattern, pendant and bow set with graduated split-pearls. D. White enamel, radial Roman numerals, outer minute/seconds divisions. Blued steel "spoon" hands. M. 47.4 mm (21'''), steel "Chinese" caliber with standing barrel, steel train, ruby duplex escapement with unusual bimetallic three-arm balance with three wedged weights secured from the top with blued steel plates, entire escapement and train to the third wheel jeweled.Signed on the dial and movement, numbered on the case.Diam. 57 mm.

Grading System: AA

CHF 8,000 - 12000

EUR 5,200 - 7800

USD 6,000 - 9000

Sold: CHF 13,800

LOT 58

The Private Collection of Theodor Beyer Hotel Baur Au Lac, Zurich, Nov 16, 2003

Swiss, Fleurier, No. 502, circa 1860. Fine, small silver gilt and painted on enamel split pearl-set center seconds watch, made for the Chinese market.

C. Four-body, "Empire", spring-loaded back cover finely painted on enamel, depicting two ladies presenting a bouquet of roses to a young man, split pearl-set bezels, pendant and bow, glazed gilt silver cuvette. D. White enamel, radial Roman numerals, outer minute/seconds divisions with fifteen-minute/seconds Arabic markers. Blued steel "spade" hands. M. 40.6 mm (18'''), gilt brass, fully engraved "Chinese" caliber with standing barrel, lateral lever escapement, three-arm steel balance with flat balance spring.Punched "J.B" inside back cover.Diam. 45 mm.

Grading System: AA

CHF 5,000 - 7000

EUR 3,300 - 4600

USD 3,700 - 5200

Sold: CHF 12,650

LOT 59

The Private Collection of Theodor Beyer Hotel Baur Au Lac, Zurich, Nov 16, 2003

Attributed to Jaquet Droz, circa 1785. Very fine 18K gold and painted on enamel, split pearl-set watch, made for the Chinese market.

C. Two-body, spring-loaded bezel, back finely painted on enamel with a portrait of a seated lady, her hand resting on an urn, azure background, split pearl-set bezels, pendant decorated in champlevé white and blue enamel. D. White enamel, radial Arabic numerals, outer minute divisions, winding aperture at 2 o'clock. Gold pierced "cathedral" hands. M. 42 mm, hinged, frosted gilt full-plate with cylindrical pillars, fusee and chain, verge escapement brass balance with flat balance spring, continental cock.Diam. 51 mm.

Grading System: AA

CHF 8,000 - 12000

EUR 5,200 - 7800

USD 6,000 - 9000

Sold: CHF 12,075

LOT 60

The Private Collection of Theodor Beyer Hotel Baur Au Lac, Zurich, Nov 16, 2003

Recordon, London, No. 2977, circa 1820, made for the Islamic market. Very fine, rare and interesting 18K gold and painted on enamel "cabriolet" quarter-repeating watch in the Breguet style, with ruby cylinder escapement.

C. No. 1260, both with a punch of master casemaker Joly. Outer: Two-body, back painted on enamel depicting a harbor scene with a ship in the foreground, a castle on the shore, large rock formation in the background,border with translucent scarlet enamel with gold scrolling, bezels en suite with gold and blue enamel foliate pattern. Inner: Four-body, center with painted on enamel bouquet of flowers against translucent scarlet enamel over flinqué, border in light pink enamel with stylized gold foliage, bezels en suite to the outer case bezel.D. White enamel, by master dial-maker Lucard, Islamic numerals, outer minute divisions with fifteen-minute Islamic markers, gilt rosette in the center, secured by a single screw. M. 39 mm (18'''), frosted gilt, standing barrel, continuous stop work, ruby cylinder escapement with a ruby insert in the middle of the staff, brass escape wheel, three-arm gold balance with compensation curb and pare-chute, repeating on square gongs through pull-and-turn piston in the pendant.Signed on the dial and cuvette, case punched with French "prestige" marks.Diam. 54 mm.

Grading System: AAA

CHF 30,000 - 40000

EUR 20,000 - 26000

USD 22,000 - 30000

Sold: CHF 41,400