Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces.

Geneva, Mar 21, 2020



CHF 10,000 - 15,000

USD 10,400 - 15,500 / HKD 80,000 - 120,000

Fine and very rare 18K yellow gold, hunting-case, keyless-winding, round- shaped, pocket watch, with subsidiary seconds at 6 and Minute-repeater with carillon on three steel gongs by three hammers. Counter-enamel with the painted mention "Email gris" (grey enamel).

Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original

Brand unsigned, Swiss

Year circa 1900

Numbers 2973

Caliber 20''', gilded brass, straight-line lever escapement,compensated balance with gold and platinum poising screws and blued steel hairspring with terminal curve no. 2973

Dimensions 53 mm.


It’s difficult to say who is the author of this watch. It can be attributed to César Racine (1851-1931) in Le Locle (Neuchâtel Mountains). This company is famous for its simplified and patented Grande Sonnerie watches which it produced with minute-repeater on two or three gongs, then known as carillon or chimes (1893, 1898-1899). The watch can also be attributed to Constant Piguet, from Le Sentier (Vallée de Joux) and Le Locle, a watchmaker who patented a repeater-watch with four-hammer chime (1896). In the 1890’s, the latter collaborated with Paul-David Nardin (1855-1920), of Ulysse Nardin, Le Locle, on experimental studies before to sold the company circa 1907 to his workshop manager, Charles-Emile Jeanneret-dit-Grosjean (1861-1953). The serial number of this watch may correspond to the production numbers of both of them.
The ebauche movement may have been produced by LeCoultre & Cie, Le Sentier (Vallée de Joux). Note that both gongs are signed under their feet “A. Piguet”, from the name of the manufacturer, potentially established in the Vallée de Joux.