Pocket Watches

Сenter seconds, quarter-repeating and musical automaton watch

    Сenter seconds, quarter-repeating and musical automaton 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, its glass lid 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 lid with repeater lever in the shape of a hub with ring ornamented with enamel and small pearls. The case glass lid is framed with small pearls. A plate with the painted image of an idealized landscape featuring a lake, mountains, antique architecture and bunches of trees amplified with embossed onlay varicoloured gold figures of two musicians playing a mandolin and a harp is between the lid and movement. When the tune sounds, the musicians’ arms are set in motion.

    The dial is gold with guilloche ornament in the centre. The hours' scale numerals are golden, 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 framed with small pearls.

    The movement with balance wheel, spring-powered cylinder escapement with quarter repeater on two gongs, a separate cylinder for the music movement and a comb with 20 steel teeth (reeds), the 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 sliding lever on the case between the numerals VI and VII.


    Intended for the Chinese market