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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces.

Geneva, November 12, 2017

LOT 590

RING WATCH WITH MINIATURE WATCH MOVEMENT, ONE OF THE SMALLEST MOVEMENTS KNOWN MADE IN THE 18 CENTURY. Very fine and extremely rare, 18K gold ring watch with diamonds set.

Brand Pierre Morand

Year Circa 1785

Caliber 6''' (14 mm)

Dimensions 16,6 mm.,ring size 53

Signature movement. P. MORAND,under the dial LUCARD

Accessories original box in shagreen,silver hinges

CHF 20,000 - 30,000

HKD 160,000 - 240,000 / USD 20,000 - 30,000
Grading System
Grade:

Exceptional

Case: 3-6

Good

Slightly oxidized

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-03

Good

HANDS Period


Notes

Total WEIGHT of the movement 2,82 gramme. Very little information is known on Pierre Morand. He is often presented as a Geneva watchmaker that worked between 1770 and 1790. Little is known on his Geneva location but in 1783 his name is mentioned in Paris, as most likely his creations were being produced in Geneva but sold in Paris. A few pieces of his are exposed in the Patek Philippe museum including a similar ring watch (Antiquorum, April 18th 1998, lot 61 sold for CHF 168'500). Made in 1785, this movement size is an absolute masterpiece for the time, when creating movements of this refinement and quality was only possible by the very best watchmakers of the time.