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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Nov 08, 2020

LOT 265

‘’WOLF’S TOOTH’’

Fine and extremely rare, large 18K gold, dumb quarter repeating watch with wolf’s tooth train and Lépine’s special opening mechanism. Cased by Mermillod (GM).

Brand Lepine

Year Hallmarks for 1789

Movement No. 5229

Case No. 702

Caliber 19’’’

Dimensions 54 mm

Signature Dial, case and movement

CHF 4,000 - 6,000

HKD 32,000 - 48,000 / USD 4,000 - 6,000

Sold: CHF 8,125


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3-8

Good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-77-01

Good

ENAMEL AND VARIOUS TYPES OF DECORATION Restored soft enamel

HANDS Original


Notes

The present watch is a very good example of Jean-Antoine Lépine’s work. The case with
fixed bezel, the back opening by twisting the pendant, the distinctive form of Arabic numerals (which were to become fashionable until the Empire, and were used during the same period by Breguet), and the gold fleur-de-lys hands are typical of Lépine’s style. The movement illustrates all the characteristics associated with Lépine’s work and is identical to that chosen by Moinet to illustrate his book Nouveau Traité d’Horlogerie, plate 10. According to A. Chapiro, Jean-Antoine Lepine, Horloger, Editions de L’Amateur, Lépine made his first watches with wolf’s tooth trains in 1771, but it is mainly between 1787 and 1789 that Lépine used the wolf’s tooth train for watches numbered between 5200 and 5711. The present lot was previously sold by Antiquorum Hong Kong, on June 10, 1997, lot 404. For a biography of Lépine, see lot 34.