Pocket Watches

Music mechanical pocket watch

    Music mechanical pocket watch

    Switzerland, Geneva

    circa 1820

    Piguet & Meylan

    Gold, enamel, glass, metal alloys, pearls; guilloche, embossing, painted enamel, enamel over engraving, champlevé

    5.9 in diamter
    0.9 cm thick

    The bezel, the glass lid over it and the case lid welt are marked: "2128". The movement is marked: "РМ"

    Music mechanical pocket watch in round gold case decorated with sashes of blue enamel and small pearls, with a lid with repeater lever in the shape of a hub with a ring decorated with enamel and pearls. The case’s lid edged with small pearls is made of glass. Between the lid and the movement beneath there is a plate with a painted image of an idealized landscape featuring a lake, mountains, antique architecture and bunches of trees amplified with raised onlay varicoloured gold figures of two musicians playing a mandolin and a harp. When the tune is triggered, the musicians’ arms are set in motion.

    The dial is gold with guilloche ornamentation in the centre. The hours' scale numerals are in gold, and the Breguet hands are of blued steel. The dial has two scales: minutes' - divided into 60 graduations, and hours' - divided into 12 units with Roman numerals. The bezel is edged with small pearls.

    The movement with a balance wheel, spring-powered cylinder escapement with a quarter repeater on two gongs, a separate cylinder for the music movement and a comb with 20 steel teeth (reeds), and hands indicating hours, minutes and seconds. The watch is winded with a key, which is also used to set the hands. The tune is played every hour or at the choice of the owner by triggering the slide lever on the case between the numerals VI and VII.

    Intended for the Chinese market