Geneva, May 14, 2023

LOT 83


CHF 5,000 - 15,000

EUR 5,100 - 15,300 / USD 5,700 - 16,900 / HKD 44,200 - 134,000


Sold: CHF 15,000

Fine and extremely rare silver Louis XIV " oignon" clockwatch with 'Gloria's' regulator and without fusee.
the case with back overlaid and probably originally leather covered with a pin-work decoration, the flange pierced and engraved with scrolled decoration.

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3-19



Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original

Brand Pascal Huber a Rouen, France

Year Circa 1690

Material Silver

Diameter 59 mm.

Caliber 20''', Hinged gilt brass full plate with urn pillars, the going-train with fixed barrel, 30 hour power reserve indicator verge escapement, plain steel three-arm balance, short flat balance spring with straight line worm-screw regulator, fine giit brass Louis XIV cock pierced and engraved with inhabited foliage. Hour-striking train with gilt brass fixed barrel pierced and engraved with scrolled foliage, the silver count-wheel set on the back plate, striking on a bell.

Signature Movement


Pascal Hubert of Rouen, is another of the same family of clock and watchmakers tracing their origins back to Estienne ler. and Noel Hubert. Recent information would indicate that they were brothers, and both makers of some repute, as Etienne made a watch that belonged to Mary, Queen of Scots, and Noel was the founder of the Rouen Corporation. Pascal, the maker of this watch was the son of Estienne Ier. and therefor a cousin of Estienne II). He became master as Fils de Maître in November 1649, Garde in 1697, and died before 1701. 'Oignons' without fusee are extremely rare, and Jacques Gloria is reputed to have been the first to produce them in France at Dieppe, circa 1680-85. It vas thought that with the increased precision that could be achieved by fitting the newly invented balance spring, the fusee was no longer needed - a saving of both time and effort in the construction of the movement. However, it was quickly found that the advantage of the balance spring vas cancelled by the vagaries of the somewhat crude mainsprings available. Rare as such watches are, they are virtually unknown when fitted with a striking train as in the case of this lot.