Pocket Watches

Hunter case minute-repeating pocket watch with automaton scene

    Hunter case minute-repeating pocket watch with automaton scene

    Switzerland, La Chaux-de-Fonds


    Girard Perregaux

    Gold, steel, steel, glass, rhodium; guilloche, engraving, polishing, painted enamel, guilloche enamel

    Diameter 5.7 cm, 152 rg

    Swiss marks for gold in the form of a woman's head on a shield; “18 K”, “10052”. On the cuvette: “REPETITION A MINUTES”, “Automates”, “Girard Perredoux”, “CHAUX-DE-FONDS”, “MEDALLE D’OR”, “PARIS, 1889”. On the regulator scale: “Avance”, “Retard”


    Hunter case, keyless, gold minute-repeating pocket watch with unusual polychrome enamel automaton scene. Four-body case, “bassine et filet”, entirely engraved with leaves, scrolls and geometric patterns, the front cover with central monogram, the back cantered with a lion mask. Hinged gold cuvette engraved with the technical details within a foliate border, glazed gold-rimmed cover over the movement. White enamel dial, annular, Arabic numerals, outer minute track and red painted five-minute numerals, subsidiary seconds, the center with an enamel automaton scene of a torero and bull, the torero’s arm and the bull’s head moving when the repeating is activated, royal blue translucent guilloche enamel background. Gold “pear” hands. Movement: 20’’’, rhodium-plated, wavy-line decoration, 29 jewels, counterpoised straight-line lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensation balance with peripheral gold adjustment screws, blued steel Breguet balance spring, index regulator, repeating on gongs activated by a slide on the band.