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The Art of Horology in Geneva

Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, November 13, 1999

LOT 1

George de la Courtine à Genève, circa 1650.Fine early gilt brass and rock crystal watch.

C. Double body, bassine with rock crystal back (later) and loose-ring pendant, gilt brass mounting. D. Plain polished silver with Roman numerals, half and quarter hour divisions, a small rosette engraved at the centre. Unusual single thin blued steel hand, the pierced elaborate centre following the shape of the dial central rosette. M. Gilt brass full plate with unusual gilt brass pillars, pierced and engraved with dolphins. Three wheel train with fusee and gut line, worm-and-wheel set-up with bued steel finely pierced brackets, verge escapement with plain balance without spring, florally pierced oval gilt brass cock, secured by a screw.Signed on the back plate.Diam. 40 mm.

C. Double body, bassine with rock crystal back (later) and loose-ring pendant, gilt brass mounting.
D. Plain polished silver with Roman numerals, half and quarter hour divisions, a small rosette engraved at the centre. Unusual single thin blued steel hand, the pierced elaborate centre following the shape of the dial central rosette.
M. Gilt brass full plate with unusual gilt brass pillars, pierced and engraved with dolphins. Three wheel train with fusee and gut line, worm-and-wheel set-up with bued steel finely pierced brackets, verge escapement with plain balance without spring, florally pierced oval gilt brass cock, secured by a screw.Signed on the back plate.Diam. 40 mm.

CHF 18,000 - 22,000


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3

Good

Movement: * 3
Dial: 4 - 6 - 01

Notes

George de la CourtineWatchmaker, circa 1650, who produced small pendant watches and form watches, he also made watches with rock crystal cases, the movement with fusee and gut-line, in a time when several other watchmakers were already using fusee and chain.