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Hong Kong, Hotel Furama Kempinski, Jun 09, 1997

LOT 407

Fred. Houriet, (Lode), Swiss, circa 1800. Fine and early silver pocket chronometer.

HKD 23,000 - 27,000

USD 3,000 - 3,500

Sold: HKD 23,000

C. Double body, Empire, polished. D. White enamel with graduations for Reaumur degrees. M. Gilt brass with bimetallic curb, rack-and-pinion. Signed on the dial. In very good condition. Diam. 62 mm.

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First made by Frederic Houriet, this type of pocket thermometer was later produced by Urban Jorgensen and by Breguet. It was first described by Houriet himself in an advertising leaflet, of which each copy was hand-signed by him. This type of bimetallic thermometer is illustrated by Urban Jilrgensen in Principes Generaux de lEvade Mesure du Temps par les Horloges, 1805, pl. XIX.