Pocket Watches

Mechanical pocket watch with a windmill automaton

    Mechanical pocket watch with a windmill automaton

    Switzerland, Geneve

    Circa 1880

    Louis Duchène & Fils

    Gold, enamel, glass, metal alloys, pearls; champlevé, painted enamel, engraving

    4.7 cm in diameter
    1.0 cm thick

    Inscription on the movement: "Louis Duchène & Fils", "54112".


    Mechanical pocket watch in round gold case decorated with cloisonné, with lid and decorated hub with ring. The case bears an inscription in rectangular frame on turquoise field “GAGE.D'AMITIE" ("A gift of friendship"). On the right and left of the inscription, in the frames on black surface are ornaments of interweaving floral shoots and ribbons. The case’s lid, rimmed with small pearls, is decorated with the painted enamel miniature featuring Alpine landscape with village houses and a windmill chiseled in gold. Winding the watch sets the windmill’s sails in motion.

    White enamel dial; the numerals on the dial are black (hours) and gold-coloured (minutes); and the Breguet hands are from gold. The dial has two scales: minutes' - divided into 60 intervals, and hours' - divided into 12 units with the Breguet Arabic numerals. The dial has a winding hole. The bezel is edged with small pearls.

    The movement with balance wheel and verge escapement, powered by a spring with fusee.