The present watch is a fine example of a repeating chronograph watch made by Charles-Ami Barbezat-Baillot (1847 - 1938), renowned watchmaker, inventor and founder of the watch company Le Phare. It is fitted with one of his most important inventions, Swiss Patent no. 334 of 8 January 1889 (US Patent No. 433225), for the use of centrifugal force in repeating mechanisms, on which he published also an article in the Journal Suisse d'Horlogerie, December 1896 edition.
Charles Barbezat specialized in the manufacture of complicated watches and is perhaps best known for the outstanding quality of his repeating timepieces with our without chronographs, among others fitted with his patented "silent regulator" which eliminated the humming sound of the repeating mechanism.