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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces.

Hong Kong, October 27, 2018

LOT 384

UNSIGNED, NEUCHÂTEL MOUNTAINS DOUBLE-FACE WATCH WITH VISIBLE BALANCE; "LA NEUCHÂTELOISE", SILVER

Silver, double-faced open-face, key-winding, round-shaped, pocket watch, hinged case-back; the second dial with a visible mock pendulum visible inside an aperture in the base of a traditional "Neuchâteloise" clock; the back-plate of the movement engraved in taille-douce with foliage.

Brand Unsigned

Year circa 1800-1820

Caliber 19'' gilded brass, with fusee and chain, verge escapement, monometallic balance and blued steel hairspring

Dimensions Ø 53 mm.

HKD 24,000 - 32,000

CHF 3,000 - 4,000 / USD 3,100 - 4,150

Sold: HKD 35,000


Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3

Good

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01

Good

HANDS Original


Notes

Watches with mock pendulum insert a "Neuchâteloise" clock decoration For another interesting watch, also unsigned but made in the same spirit circa 1870, see Antiquorum, Geneva, April 24, 1999, lot 569. This type of watches seems to have inspired two manufacturers, W. Zumstein, and Ch. Rengger, both at Fleurier (Val-de-Travers), who produced "novelty" watches with mock pendulum, especially made for the Chinese Market between 1903 and 1909; watches now so-called "La petite pendule" (for two examples of them, see: Antiquorum, Geneva, May 13, 2012, lot 216; Antiquorum, Geneva, May 15, 2015, lot 26). Bibliography Chapuis, Alfred, La Montre Chinoise, Neuchâtel, 1919, pp. 214-215, fig. 183-184.