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Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Oct 15, 1994

LOT 93

Not signed, made by Palis, clockmaker in Bordeaux (France), made for the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1900. Unique and extraordinary large centre second skeleton clock, simulating the perpetual motion.

C. Supported by four brass columns on a rectangular moulded mahogany and cast iron base. D. Silver chapter ring with Roman numerals. Blued steel Breguet hands. M. Fully skeletonised brass full plate with turned pillars, going barrel, pin wheel escapement, half second beating pendulum with mercury compensation and spring suspension. A very large wheel with articulated hammers on the circumference, is apparently rotating by the different weights between the extended and the folded hammers whilst rewinding the the mainspring of the clock. In very good condition. Dim. 100 x 90 x 65 cm.

CHF 55,000 - 65,000


According to the explanations given by the constructor and published in La Nature, in 1902, the hammers were supposedly swung by the repulsion of two of a strong magnets and once set into motion the large wheel would turn indefinitely. In fact this is an illusion for the large wheel is driven by an electric motor.