Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces
Hong Kong, Nov 27, 2016
FOR THE HOUSE OF HABSBURG-LORRAINE EXCEPTIONAL CHATELAINE & WATCH Retailed by Otterbourg, Paris, Made for a member of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine, circa 1850. Exceptionally fine and rare, varicolored gold, silver and painted on enamel, keyless pendant watch with a matching chatelaine, key and fob with lapis-lazuli matrix.
Four-body, bezel with engraved repeated laurel leaf decoration, engine- turned back applied with high-relief chased varicolored gold scrolls and flowers, the center with painted on enamel shield of the Hbsburg-Lorraine arms flanked by silver putti. Hinged gold cuvette. CHATELAINE extremely finely chased with varicolored scrolls and articulated flower swags, the watch support with two silver billing doves, lapis-lazuli seal fob with a silver cherub holding a flower garland, matching key, three silver winged putti above holding the painted on enamel Habsburg-Lorraine arms, surmounted by a jeweled ducal coronet. White enamel with radial Roman numerals, outer minute track and outermost large red Arabic five-minute numerals. Pierced gold hands. 13''', matte gilt, wolf's tooth winding, 8 jewels, cylinder escapement, three-arm gilt balance, flat balance spring, index regulator.