• Important Watches Including A  auction at Christies

    Sale 1372

    Important Watches Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION PART II

    10 May 2010, Geneva

  • Lot 43

    Bernard. A rare and early gilt brass and silver octagonal pre-balance spring verge watch

    SIGNED M. BERNARD À PARIS, CIRCA 1630

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    Bernard. A rare and early gilt brass and silver octagonal pre-balance spring verge watch
    Signed M. Bernard à Paris, circa 1630
    Octagonal gilt-brass verge movement, gut fusée, urn-shaped pillars, finely pierced and engraved elongated balance cock and foot, steel two-armed pre-hairspring balance wheel, decorative gilt brass cock secured by a pin with matching click for the ratchet and wheel regulation, engraved scroll and foliage decorated silver dial, Roman numerals on blank chapter ring, single silver hand, scroll and foliage decorated gilt brass dial plate, octagonal case, brass band covered by silver panels engraved with floral and foliage decoration and cherub heads, octagonal-shaped silver covers, front engraved with a scene depicting Perseus and Andromeda, outer graduated band engraved with scroll, foliage and floral decoration and cherub heads, back similarly decorated and centred by Venus and Cupid, gilt brass pendant, movement signed
    30 mm. wide & 47 mm. overall length


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    Maurice Bernard, watchmaker to the Palais, was active from the end of the 16th century until the first half of the 17th century.