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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces.

Hong Kong, October 27, 2018

LOT 408

UNSIGNED, ATTRIBUTABLE TO PIGUET & MEYLAN WATCH WITH REPEATER AND MUSIC PLAYING ON THE HOUR OR AT WILL, 18K YELLOW GOLD

18K yellow gold, open-face, key-winding, round-shaped, pocket watch, gold guilloché engine-turned dial, with one horological complication and music: Quarter-repeater on two steel gongs (activated by depressing the pendant), "sur plateau" musical movement, with 26 blued steel tuned vibrating blades acting on both sides of the pinned disc (No. 128) (music / silence lever at the edge of the cuvette beneath the case-back)

Brand Unsigned

Model retailed by Lépine, Paris, No. 7 133

Year circa 1815

Caliber 22''' gilded brass, with going barrel, cylinder escapement, monometallic balance and blued steel flat hairspring

Dimensions Ø 57.5 mm.

Signed casing-ring; cuvette signed by the retailer

HKD 40,000 - 56,000

CHF 5,000 - 7,000 / USD 5,100 - 7,200

Sold: HKD 56,250


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3

Good

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-75-01

Good

ENAMEL AND VARIOUS TYPES OF DECORATION Slightly restored soft enamel

HANDS Original


Notes

Piguet & Meylan (active between 1811 and 1828) Both originally from the village of Le Chenit in the Vallée de Joux, Isaac-Daniel Piguet (1775-1841) and Philippe-Samuel Meylan (1772-1845) came to Geneva as young men, and formed a partnership, which lasted from 1811 to 1828. The company specialised in elaborate and beautifully decorated musical watches, including skeleton and automaton watches, and mechanical animals. The firm was established rue Jean Jacques Rousseau 45 in Geneva. After their association came to an end, both Piguet and Meylan continued for some time to work with their sons. Isaac-Daniel Piguet (1775-1841) Born in 1775 in Le Chenit in the Vallée de Joux. Isaac-Daniel Piguet was the son of Pierre-Moïse Piguet and Elisabeth Nicole. He married Jeanne-Françoise Capt around 1795, and around 1800 settled in Geneva with his family. Isaac-Daniel Piguet went into business with Henry-Daniel Capt (1773-1841), his brother-in-law, on February 10, 1802. The association between Piguet & Meylan came to an end in 1828. Piguet and his son David-Auguste Piguet established a new company, Piguet Père & Fils, located rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau 69. Isaac-Daniel Piguet died in Geneva, on January 20, 1841, at the age of 66. Philippe-Samuel Meylan (1772-1845) Born on February 15, 1772, in Bas-du-Chenit in the Vallée de Joux. At 20 years of age, Philippe-Samuel Meylan came to Geneva where he was a master worker for the Godemar brothers. He met another watchmaker from his native region, Isaac-Daniel Piguet (1775-1841), and they entered into partnership, founding the Piguet & Meylan firm, which was to last from 1811 to 1828. It specialized in minute cadratures, musical watches, skeleton and automaton watches. Meylan is also credited with the invention of the Bagnolet calibre. After Piguet & Meylan was dissolved, he continued to work with his sons François and Auguste. Philippe-Samuel Meylan died in Geneva in 1845.