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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 196

    Bichler & Hartmann. A fine and rare 18K gold, enamel and diamond-set lorgnette and concealed watch

    SIGNED BICHLER & HARTMANN, GENEVE, CIRCA 1850

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    Bichler & Hartmann. A fine and rare 18K gold, enamel and diamond-set lorgnette and concealed watch
    Signed Bichler & Hartmann, Geneve, circa 1850
    With gilt-finished cylinder movement, 8 jewels, the white enamel dial with Roman numerals, concealed under a spring-loaded cover with diamond-set floral decoration on translucent blue guilloché enamel, opened by sliding a button in the handle, the lorgnette-form case with finely chased and engraved floral and foliage decoration to both sides, the folded lorgnette released by sliding a spring catch in the band, together with a short length of chain and amethyst-set upper part of a key, case signed
    80 mm. wide


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    A.-J. Bichler & Hartmann, watchmakers and retailers, were active in Geneva in the second half of the 19th Century. The firm specialized in the manufacture of form watches, lorgnettes and spy glasses with watches, using bridge calibres with cylinder escapements.