Items with Musical Movement

Signet ring with watch insert and repeater

    Signet ring with watch insert and repeater

    Switzerland, Geneve

    circa 1810

    Piguet & Capt.

    Gold, diamonds, pearls, steel, enamel, glass; engraving, polishing, gem stones setting

    3.3 х 9.6 х 6.3 cm

    On the lid "Remontez â Gauche Tournez le Éguilles"; below is the scale of the regulator with letters "R" (faster) and "A" (slower)

    Watch inserted in a signet ring of rose gold with glass, in the form of a rectangular with bevelled corners, framed by half-pearls. A dial is made of steel with overlaid Jacquemarts of two-coloured gold with a garland and hammers striking a stylized bell, marking hours and hour quarters. White enamel dial with Roman numbers for hours' indication and steel Breguet hands, with the cylinder stroke. Below is a golden ornament in the form of mascaron and acanthus leaves. A regulator indicator in the form of a disk with four curved blades decorated with diamonds, imitating visible balance is above the dial. Three semi-pearls of different size are on the expanding part of the rim of variable cross-section (bunch). An engraved ornament, four fixing screws' heads and a sliding lever, including a repeater are is on the lateral surface. The watch and automaton movements are covered with a polished gold cap with an inscription, two apertures and a cavity for the lid shift.

    A winding key on a braid with a shaped head and a cylindrical rod with a square cross-section.

    This rare signet ring-watch with an automaton and a repeater is one of three variants of the famous watch made by Piguet & Capt, and one of two items with an automaton and repeater manufactured in 1810. Five watch-rings with repeater, two watch-rings with automaton are only known ("The Seesaw" in the collection of Sandberg and "The Swing" - in the Patek Philippe Museum).