Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Hong Kong, Mar 03, 2021

LOT 4

André Brunet
Slim pocket watch, visible balance, unusual calibre; 18K yellow gold

HKD 9,400 - 18,800

CHF 1,100 - 2,200 / EUR 1,000 - 2,000 / USD 1,250 - 2,500

Sold: HKD 22,500

18K yellow gold, open-face, key-winding, round-shaped, slim pocket watch, with visible balance.

Case-back engraved in taille-douce (fine cut) with vermicelli motif and flowers.

Movement 18’’’, gilded brass, going barrel, duplex escapement, monometallic balance (gilded brass) and blued steel flat hairspring.


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Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3

Good

Movement: 3 *
Dial: 3-70-01-04

Good

ENAMEL AND VARIOUS TYPES OF DECORATION Hairline

HANDS Original

HANDS Later

Brand André Brunet, Geneva

Year circa 1840

Movement No. unnumbered

Case No. 1 658 (by “P R”, Geneva)

Material 18K yellow gold

Diameter 45 mm.

Caliber 18’’’, duplex escapement

Signature cuvette (dome)

Notes

Brunet, André
Watchmaker active in Geneva in the years 1830-1850. He specialised in the production of flat and extra-flat watches (~ 1.5 mm thick), with special bridge calibres or inverted calibres, known as “Bagnolet”; some with a visible balance. His watches are often decorated with enamel or intaglio engraving, reflecting the production of the time.
An Alexandre Brunet, a watchmaker, is mentioned in Geneva in 1844; perhaps his son.
Museums
· Geneva, Musée de l’horlogerie et de l’émaillerie (watch with secret window).
· La Chaux-de-Fonds, Musée international d’horlogerie (watch with an inverted calibre, known as “Bagnolet”).