The Sandberg Watch Collection

Hotel Richemond, Geneva, Mar 31, 2001

LOT 126

Unsigned, Geneva, circa 1800.Fine and unusual large 18K gold and enamel flat oval watch.

CHF 10,000 - 13,000

USD 6,000 - 8,000

Sold: CHF 11,500

C. Three-body, oval, back cover with an unusual combination of techniques. The royal blue translucent enamel ground is on guilloché radiating from a central oval reserve. Over this is laid coloured gold paillons consisting of symbols of Love, Music, and polychrome enamelled flowers. The floral border is acheived in the same way and both have a clear overglaze. There is a simple moulding to the edge of the case, and the front bezel has a translucent royal blue enamel band over guilloché, gold hined cuvette. D. White enamel, oval, the eccentric chapter ring with Roman chapters, outer minute dot divisions situated at the top, at the bottom subsidiary sunk seconds. Gold 'arrow' hands. M. Oval, 42 x 52 mm, gilt brass bridge calibre entirely pierced and engraved with serpents and foliage, free-standing barrel, cylinder escapement, plain three-arm balance, flat balance spring, double-footed symmetrically pierced and engraved cock.Dim. 64 x 54 mm. Published in the Sandberg book, page 166-167.

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Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 4 - 22
Movement: 4 - 5 - 6 - 13*
Dial: 3 - 01


Isaac-Daniel Piguetborn in Chenit in 1775, died in Geneva in 1841. A very skillful watchmaker, associated with Henry Capt, from 1802 to 1811, then with Samuel Philippe Meylan, another watchmaker from the same village, until 1828. After 1828, he continued his activities with his son, under the name of Piguet Lot Fils. Their creations were for a large part made for the Chinese Market. It is said that an important collector from Sydney bought a large quantity of watches and other musical and automaton objects of vertfrom him, but the boat which was carrying the pieces was shipwrecked in the middle of the Indian Ocean.'Dictionnaire des Horlogers Genevois' by Osvaldo Patrizzi, Antiquorum Editions, Geneva, 1998.