watches : Some Jaquet-Droz watches, pre SWATCH : Venus & Cupid Clockwatch Jaquet Droz, London. 1

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Eight-Tune Triple-Mechanism Musical Clock Pierre Jaquet Droz, a la Chaux-de-Fonds. Made circa 1770.1

"Gold Pair-Cased" Jaquet Droz, London, No. 11785. Made in Switzerland for the English market, circa 1785, probably retailed by Maillardet. Very fine and rare, heavy, 18K gold pair-cased pocket watch.1


Made for the Chinese market, circa 1785. Very fine and extremely rare, two-train, quarter-striking, gold, painted on enamel, pearl and ruby-set clockwatch with shuttered winding and cylinder escapement.
C. Two-body, sprung and hinged bezel set with half-pearls alternating with rubies, band decorated with dark blue, turquoise and white enamel panels with gold paillons, the reverse decorated with a painted on enamel scene of Venus and Cupid in a gold paillon border, outer border of dark blue translucent guilloché enamel, half-pearl surround and ruby-set outer border, shuttered winding holes opened and closed by a button in the back of the case. Gilt metal dust cap. D. White enamel with radial Roman numerals, outer minutes/seconds divisions. Pierced gold Jaquet Droz hands. M. 39 mm., matte gilt, full plate, cylindrical pillars, two-train with going barrels, cylinder escapement, three-arm brass balance, pierced and chased continental balance, diamond endstone, silvered regulation dial, strike/not strike selection lever in the dial plate. Dust cap signed. Diam. 53 mm
27-06-2009 Sold including buyer's premium: 300,000 HKD

Eight-Tune Triple-Mechanism Musical Clock Pierre Jaquet Droz, a la Chaux-de-Fonds. Made circa 1770.1

"Gold Pair-Cased" Jaquet Droz, London, No. 11785. Made in Switzerland for the English market, circa 1785, probably retailed by Maillardet. Very fine and rare, heavy, 18K gold pair-cased pocket watch.1


Sources:

  1. Antiquorum, via search engine http://www.antiquorum.com
  2. eBay #8932147486 sold on 05-08-06 for £41, http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=8932147486
  3. For Sale add on thePurists on 05-12-2006, sold for $975. http://www.thepurists.com
  4. Personal collection of cme2c (Jeff Geisert), offered for sale on http://www.timezone.com for $2900 on 06-17-2006
  5. Personal collection of Larry Seiden
  6. The European Watch Company in Boston

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