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Hong Kong, Hotel Furama Kempinski, Jun 09, 1997

LOT 408

Unsigned, Swiss, circa 1800. Very fine and rare, 18K gold watch, the enamelled skeleton movement designed as an urn.

HKD 100,000 - 116,000

USD 13,000 - 15,000

Sold: HKD 126,500

C. Three body Empire with glazed back and reeded band. D. Small, white enamel with Breguet numerals. Blued steel Breguet hands. M. Urn shaped, the plates overlaid with gilt engine-turned plaques, an enamel panel applied on the back, painted with children at play with a dog (slightly restored on the winding hole border). Cylindrical pillars, fusee and chain, verge escapement, with plain brass three armed balance, flat balance spring. In very good condition. Diam. 43 mm.

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Skeleton watches with enamelled movements shaped as an urn are among the most attractive of the period and much sought after by collectors.