Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Mar 11, 2012

LOT 359

SORET ? QUARTER REPEATING & CENTER SECONDS WATCH WITH DUAL CALENDAR & REGULATOR DIAL Jean Robert Soret, (Geneva), No. 28815. Made circa 1790. Extremely fine and very rare, center-seconds, quarterrepeating, 18K gold and painted on enamel pocket watch with dual calendar, regulator dial and git-metal outer protecting case.

CHF 35,000 - 45,000

USD 38,000 - 50,000 / EUR 30,000 - 37,000

Sold: CHF 58,750

C. Two-body, the bezel inset with a fi ne gold rope-twist bordered by white enamel lines, the band chased with a repeated leaf pattern, the back cover very fi nely painted with a scene of a young couple by a gold and varicolored paillon perfume burner beneath a canopy, outer border chased with leaves inset with green translucent champlevé enamel and intersected by pastes. D. White enamel, regulator-type, small meantime dial with radial Roman numerals, outer dot minute divisions and Arabic 15-minute numerals, outermost seconds divisions, subsidiary dials for the date and days of the week with their celestial symbols. Gold Breguet hour and minute hands, gold days of the week hand, blued steel seconds and date hands. M. 41 mm., matte gilt, full plate, turned pillars, fuse and chain, verge escapement, brass balance with fl at balance spring, continental cock with polished steel endplate, silvered regulation dial, repeating on a bell in the back of the case activated by depressing the pendant. Dial and movement signed. Diam. 54 mm.

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 2-75-78

Very good

ENAMEL AND VARIOUS TYPES OF DECORATION Slightly restored soft enamel


Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


Jean Robert Soret (1731-1799) Master watchmaker from a horological family of at least three generations. One member of the family, Frédéric, worked in London; he may have represented the family in the English market.