Pocket Watches

Music mechanical pocket watch

    Music mechanical pocket watch

    Switzerland, Geneva

    circa 1820

    Movement by Piguet & Meylan (?)
    Case by Frères Oltramare

    Gold, enamel, metal alloys, pearls, turquoise; champlevé, painted enamel, engraving, guilloche

    5.9 cm in diameter
    0.8 cm thick

    The bezel, case and movement lids are marked: "2421".
    The cuvette is marked: "FO" in lozenge

    Music mechanical pocket watch in round gold case excoriated with pearls and turquoise, with two lids, a repeater lever in the shape of a hub with a ring with onlays of pears and turquoise. The case lid, edged with a sash of turquoise and pearls, is decorated with a painted enamel miniature depicting a farewell scene between a father and his daughter. The cuvette is decorated with a chiseled floral pattern tinged with blue enamel.

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

    The movement with a balance wheel, spring-powered cylinder escapement, a quarter repeater on two gongs, a separate barrel drum for the music movement and a comb with 23 teeth (reeds). The tune is played on the hour or at the will of the owner by triggering the slide lever located on the case opposite numeral VII. The watch is winded with a key, which is also used to set the hands.

    Intended for the Chinese market