Pocket Watches

Mechanical pocket watch with quarter chimes

    Mechanical pocket watch with quarter chimes

    Britain, London

    сirca 1785

    Droz, Jaquet

    Gold, enamel, glass, metal alloys, pearls, rubies; painted enamel, guilloche enamel, champlevé, carving

    5.6 in diameter
    1.2 cm thick

    On the movement: "Jaquet Droz London".


    Mechanical pocket watch in an artistically executed round gold case with a decorative hub with a ring. The case lid is edged with a sash of pearls and rubies is decorated in the centre with a painted miniature on a blue guilloche field depicting a screen with Venus and two cupids.

    The dial is of white enamel; the hour  numerals are black, and the hands are pierced gold. The dial with two scales: minutes', divided into 60 graduations, and hours', divided into 12 units with Roman numerals. The bezel is edged with a sash of pearls and rubies.

    The movement with a balance wheel, cylinder escapement, twin barrels, a quarter repeater and the chimes stopper. The watch is winded with a key, which is also used to set the hands.


    Intended for the Chinese market

    The screen is a name for a flat or curved flap of a rigid frame with opaque filling (e.g., water colours or embroidery) used in "miracles" table lamps. With a source of light behind the screen, it created an effect of a moving cartoon. On the side of the light the picture was covered by mica or thin glass.