• Lot 252

    Jules Jürgensen. A fine and rare 18K pink gold hunter case minute repeating keyless lever split seconds chronograph watch with wooden box


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    Jules Jürgensen. A fine and rare 18K pink gold hunter case minute repeating keyless lever split seconds chronograph watch with wooden box
    Signed Jules Jürgensen, Copenhagen, No. 14'831, manufactured in 1891
    Cal. 18''' nickel-finished fully jewelled lever movement, bimetallic compensation balance, repeating on two hammers onto a gong, patented bow setting, gold cuvette with engine-turned border, white enamel dial, Roman numerals, outer black and red fifths of a second divisions, two subsidiary dials for 60 minutes register and constant seconds, circular plain case, repeating slide in the band, split seconds chronograph mechanism operated through two round buttons in the band, case, cuvette, dial and movement signed
    55 mm. diam.; box 177 x 104 x 42 mm.

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    With Jules Jürgensen copy of the worksheet confirming total cost of CHF 1,362.30 and original fitted wooden presentation box.

    According to the records of the Musée de l'Horlogerie du Locle, this watch is one of only two examples of this model made between 1890 and 1891.

    Pre-Lot Text

    The Jürgensen dynasty
    Lots 252 - 259

    The following eight lots, 252 to 259, manufactured between the 19th and 21st centuries, pay tribute to the genius and inventive spirit of the celebrated Jürgensen dynasty.

    Among the world's greatest watchmakers of the 18th and 19th centuries, members of the Jürgensen family, notably Urban and Jules, worked alongside other horological geniuses such as Houriet, Breguet and Arnold, and have greatly contributed to the development of watchmaking.
    The watchmaking family's roots stretch back to eighteenth century Denmark and Jörgen Jürgensen (1745-1811), founder of the dynasty. The most eminent watchmakers amongst his descendants are undisputedly his son Urban (1776-1830) and Urban's sons Louis Urban (1806-1867) and Jules-Frederik Jürgensen (1808-1877). The latter two continued their father's business by founding Urban Jürgensen & Sønner in Switzerland. Jules moved to Switzerland while his brother Louis was in charge of the factory in Copenhagen. After Louis Urban's and Jules-Frederik's deaths, the company went through several more changes of ownership but continued the tradition of this famous house, the production of highest quality timepieces. In 1981, Peter Baumberger, a trained watchmaker and passionate collector, acquired Urban Jürgensen & Sønner and is the congenial successor of Urban Jürgensen's spirit. Baumberger and his small team of skilled master watchmakers produce small series of traditionally made, complicated timepieces, ranging from 50 to 300 examples, at the privately-owned firm in Bienne, Switzerland.