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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, May 11, 2014

LOT 53

BRAS EN L'AIR Swiss, case No. 3829. Made circa 1790. Fine and very rare, 18K gold "bras en l'air" pocket watch.

Two-body, Directoire, polished. White enamel with sector for the hours on the right and the minutes on the left, a golden sun between, gilt foliate decoration, black and white checkerboard floor design in the lower half, applied gilt-brass figure in the center, his arms raising to indicate the time activated by depressing the pendant. 50 mm., matte gilt full-plate, cylindrical pillars, fusee and chain, verge escapement, three-arm balance, flat balance spring, pierced and chased continental balance clock with polished steel endplate, silver regulation dial.

CHF 7,000 - 9,000

HKD 58,000 - 74,000 / USD 8,000 - 10,300

Sold: CHF 12,500


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3

Good

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-71-72

Good

ENAMEL AND VARIOUS TYPES OF DECORATION Hairlines

ENAMEL AND VARIOUS TYPES OF DECORATION Chipped winding aperture


Notes

DIAM. 57 mm. The current lot is a very fine example of the so-called 'Bras en l'air' watches, featuring one of the most original ways to display time. Few watches of this type were made towards the end of the eighteenth century.