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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Hong Kong, April 28, 2019

LOT 156

BAUME & MERCIER ART DECO DRESS-WATCH WITH MULTIPLE ENAMELLING TECHNIQUES; 18K YELLOW GOLD AND ENAMEL

18K yellow gold, enamel, open-face, keyless-winding, round-shaped, Art Deco dress-watch. Black champlevé enamel case-back, with a decor of arabesques in ramolayé-technique (pounced ornament), and a decor of flowers in polychrome champlevé enamel imitating the cloisonné-work, and green flinqué enamel (translucent enamel over guilloché engineturning), all recovered under fondant (flux), probably by L. Mayland, Geneva.

Brand Baume & Mercier

Year circa 1930

Calibre  17''', rhodium-plated, with going barrel, straight-line lever escapement, cut compensated balance and blued steel hairspring with terminal curve

Case No. 70 655

Material 18K yellow gold and enamel

Caliber 17''', rhodium-plated, with going barrel, straight-line lever escapement, cut compensated balance and blued steel hairspring with terminal curve

Dimensions Ø 45.5 mm.

Signature dial, case and movement

Accessories fitted box

HKD 39,000 - 54,000

CHF 4,950 - 6,950 / USD 5,000 - 7,000

Sold: HKD 62,500


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3-75

Good

ENAMEL AND VARIOUS TYPES OF DECORATION Slightly restored soft enamel

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01

Good

HANDS Original


Notes

Multiple enamelling techniques It is extremely rare to find a watch of this era with a case decorated with multiple enamelling techniques (champlevé, ramolayé, cloisonné-work imitation, flinqué, painting on enamel and fondant). At the time, in Geneva, a named L. Mayland has made a specialty of this type of decor as evidenced by the Archives of the house Patek Philippe regarding the few watches created in this genre for the Genevan manufacture.