Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces.

Geneva, May 13, 2018

LOT 314

ZENITH/ HOPE BROTHERS, CARILLON GRANDE SONNERIE An extremely fine and rare, grande sonnerie two-train clockwatch made for the Chinese market.

CHF 40,000 - 60,000

HKD 320,000 - 480,000 / USD 40,000 - 60,000

Sold: CHF 37,500

Grading System
Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Hope Brothers & Co.

Year Circa 1890

Numbers Case N. 2409

Caliber 16'''

Dimensions 47 mm.

Signature Dial, Case and Movement.

Accessories Fitted box


The watch is in mint condition and the grande sonnerie is functionning perfectly. It remains the earliest and the finest quality complicated watch by Racine, with this feature, known so far and the premises of what Zenith ordered in the early 1900s from Racine and what was manufactured by themselves later. In complicated watches, César Racine can be compared to Louis Audemars (who was earlier) or to Victorin Piguet (who was later). Note the small size of the movement (16''') usually seen in 19''' or larger sizes.