Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Mar 11, 2012

LOT 428

CLEMENCE - CARILLON MINUTE REPEATING THREE HAMMERS & PERPETUAL CALENDAR & CHRONOGRAPH WATCH WITH 8 COMPLICATIONS Clemence Freres, La Chaux de Fonds, No. 42880. Made circa 1895. Very fine and extremely rare, large, carillon minute-repeating with three hammers, 18K gold, hunting-cased keyless pocket watch with perpetual calendar, moon phases, lunar calendar, chronograph and instantaneous 60-minute register.

CHF 35,000 - 55,000

USD 38,000 - 60,000 / EUR 30,000 - 45,000

Sold: CHF 43,750

C. Four-body, "bassine", polished, the front cover with engraved crest and coronet, the back cover with engraved monogram. Hinged gold cuvette. D. White enamel with radial Roman numerals, outer minute track, outermost chronograph seconds, four subsidiary dials for days of the week, date, months concentric with leapyear cycle and 60-minute register, seconds with aperture for phases of the moon with scale for the moon?s age on the edge. Gold fl eur-de-lis hands. M. 47 mm., matte gilt, 35 jewels, straight line counterpoised and calibrated lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensation balance, blued steel Breguet balance-spring, index regulator, carillon repeating with three hammers on three gongs activated by a slide in the band. Movement signed Clemence Freres on the dial plate, case punched C Fres. Diam. 56 mm.

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 2

Very good

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


This watch is not only in extremely good condition but is also a great rarity. The combination of minute repeating, perpetual calendar and chronograph is well known, however, a watch of this type with carillon minute repeating with three hammers is exceptionally rare with very few examples known.
Clemence Freres The company was founded in 1860 in La Chaux-de-Fonds. They exhibited at the World?s Colombian Exhibition in Chicago in 1893. The Complications: - Minute-repeating - Perpetual calendar - Date - Days of the week - Months - Moon phases & age - Chronograph - 60-minute register