Only Online Auction

Geneva, Jan 03, 2022

LOT 174

Decorative pocket watch, quarter-repeater; yellow gold and vari-colour gold

CHF 1,500 - 3,000

EUR 1,450 - 2,900 / USD 1,650 - 3,300 / HKD 12,700 - 25,300

Sold: CHF 1,875

Yellow gold and vari-colour gold, open-face, key-winding, round-shaped, “Louis XVI” pocket watch, with one horological complication:
· Quarter-repeater à toc by one hammer on one bell

Case-back with, in the centre, a medallion with a young woman making an offering on the altar of Love.

White enamel dial with radial Roman numerals; yellow gold “Louis XV” hands.

Movement 14’’’, full plate, gilded brass, fusee and chain, verge escapement, monometallic balance (probably gilded brass) and blued steel flat hairspring, pierced and engraved gilded continental cock; repeater work on the main plate, under the dial.

Grading System
Grade: A


Case: 3-8-12


Slightly scratched


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original

Brand L'Epine, probably Switzerland

Model apocryphal signature (not Jean-Antoine Lépine)

Year circa 1780

Movement No. unnumbered

Case No. unnumbered

Material yellow gold and vari-colour gold

Caliber 14’’’, fusee and chain, verge escapement

Dimensions 41.5 mm.

Weight 60.3 gr. (approx.)

Signature movement

Accessories horsehair and gilded metal chain


The purchase price payable by a buyer will be the sum of the final bid price plus the buyer’s premium, together with any applicable sales or compensating use tax. In addition to the hammer price, the buyer’s premium is payable as follows: 25% of the hammer price on each lot.

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