The Sandberg Watch Collection

Hotel Richemond, Geneva, Mar 31, 2001

LOT 373

Bovet, Fleurier, No. 477 Lot 477. , circa 1830.Very fine and extremely rare symmetrical pair of 18 ct. gold and enamel watches with centre seconds, steel movements, and special escapements, made for the Chinese market, with their original fitted Morocco box.

CHF 30,000 - 40,000

USD 18,000 - 24,000

Sold: CHF 75,900

C. Two-body, entirely champlevé and 'remoulaillé' and painted in enamel with polychrome flowers and leaves against a black enamel background under flux. D. White enamel, Roman chapters, outer minute divisions and Arabic 15-minute numerals. Hinged, spring-loaded and glazed cuvette mounted on the movement ring. Blued-steel 'spade' hands. M. 47 mm o, steel blued plate mirror-polished 'Chinese' calibre, 11 jewels, standing barrel, ruby duplex escapement, plain steel five-arm balance, flat balance sping.Signed on the movement, cases numbered 477 and 477 with dot.Diam. 55 mm. Published in the Sandberg book, pages 330-331.

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Grading System
Case: 3 - 18
Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3 - 01


This is an interesting and sophisticated enamelling technique combining champlevé, enamel over 'remoulaillé', and painting on enamel, all covered by a layer of transparent glaze, called flux. It is very rarely used.