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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Hong Kong, Apr 28, 2019

LOT 558

UNSIGNED, ATTRIBUTABLE TO HENRY CAPT OR PIGUET & CAPT PENDANT FORM-WATCH WITH VISIBLE BALANCE; 18K YELLOW GOLD, ENAMEL, PEARLS AND DIAMONDS

18K yellow gold, enamel and pearl-set, open-face, key-winding, navette-shaped, pendant form-watch, with visible diamond-set balance and subsidiary dial for the seconds (at 12 o'clock).

Brand Unsigned

Year circa 1800-1810

Calibre  navette-shaped (32 x 18 mm.), full plate, gilded brass, with going barrel, cylinder escapement, monometallic balance (gilded brass) and blued steel flat hairspring

Material 18K yellow gold, enamel, pearls and diamonds.

Caliber navette-shaped (32 x 18 mm.), full plate, gilded brass, with going barrel, cylinder escapement, monometallic balance (gilded brass) and blued steel flat hairspring

Dimensions 36 x 20 mm

HKD 45,000 - 60,000

CHF 5,650 - 7,900 / USD 5,750 - 8,000

Sold: HKD 56,250


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3

Good

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01

Good

HANDS Original


Notes

Genevan pendant form-watches with visible balance Genevan pendant form-watches with visible balance, dating from the early 19th century, are extremely rare. They can be attributed to watchmakers such as Henry-Daniel Capt (1773-1841) and Isaac-Daniel Piguet (1775-1841) ?? associated between 1802 and 1811 ?? specialised in the manufacture of this type of luxury goods, sometimes fitted with automata and / or music mechanisms, in the form of pendants or rings, regardless of their watches and their snuff-boxes. The rare examples referenced are often enriched with half-pearls, while the model set with rose-cut diamonds which show only very rare inclusions. The Patek Philippe Museum, Geneva, kept in its collections few objects of this type, including one signed by Piguet & Capt (Inv. S-99).