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Geneva, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Du Rhône, May 13, 2007

LOT 238

?Oignon Alarm? Morin Marchinuille (Geneva). Made circa 1690. Very fine and rare, silver, pair-cased single-hand, two-train oignon watch with alarm.

CHF 16,000 - 19,000

EUR 10,000 - 12,000 / USD 13,000 - 15,000

C. Outer: two-body, the back and bezel pierced with ringed sound holes, square hinge. Inner: two-body, "bassine" with deep back, the band pierced and engraved with inhabited foliage and an engraved portrait of a gentleman supported by two herms, polished split bezel. D. White enamel chapter ring with bold radial Roman numerals, inner half and quarter-hour ring, central white enamel alarm disc with Arabic numerals and steel fleur-de-lys pointer indicating the hours, blued steel alarm setting hand. M. 41 mm, hinged, gilt full plate with divided Egyptian pillars, fusee and chain, verge escapement with brass balance and short balance spring, continental type cock pierced and engraved with scrolling foliage, index regulator with engraved scale on the edge of the cock, alarm with foliate chased fixed barrel and steel train, striking on a bell with a double-ended hammer. Movement signed. Diam. 57 mm.

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-45-01


HANDS Original


Luc Morin-Marchinville The son of Isaac, he was a Master horologist who was made a ?habitant? of Geneva 1688 and ?bourgeois? in 1710. His signature is found on several alarm watches. Among his apprentices were: Barthelemy Lesage in 1679, Jean-Pierre Bouet in 1708, and Gédéon Audéoud in 1726. See: ?Dictionnaire des horlogers genevois? by Osvaldo Patrizzi, Antiquorum Editions, 1998.