Pocket Watches

Openface quarter repeating Jaquemarts watch with automaton

    Openface quarter repeating Jaquemarts watch with automaton

    Switzerland, Geneva

    Circa 1820

    François L'hardy

    Gold, gold, enamel, glass, steel; guilloche, engraving

    Diameter 5.8 cm, 140 gr

    Master's mark: “Francs L'hardy”, on the rear lid inner side: “IF 7697 K18”


    Unusual 18K gold open face quarter repeating jaquemarts watch. With full plate gilt-finished movement, pierced and engraved balance cock, gold cuvette, the dial with Arabic numerals on outer white enamel chapter ring, steel moon-style hands, cantered by an applied multicoloured gold neoclassical landscape and automaton scene depicting punch fighting chronos appearing to the upper part in unison with the hour repeating, two cherubs below apparently striking the quarter hours in unison with the repeating, in circular engine-turned case with ribbed band, repeating through the pendant, pending locking lever in the band, cuvette and movement signed. François L'hardy, also known as Lardy or L’hardy, was Geneva watchmaker, active at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centurIies. He specialized in automata, repeating and skeletonized watches.