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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 119

    Juvet. A fine silver openface keywound lever watch with centre seconds, made for the Chinese Market

    SIGNED EDOUARD JUVET, CIRCA 1840

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    Juvet. A fine silver openface keywound lever watch with centre seconds, made for the Chinese Market
    Signed Edouard Juvet, circa 1840
    With finely chased and engraved floral and scroll decorated gilt-finished lever movement, glazed dust cover, the white enamel dial with Roman numerals, outer Arabic five minute divisions, sweep centre seconds, in plain circular case, case, dial and movement stamped with Juvet's Chinese hallmark
    55 mm. diam.


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    Edouard Juvet (1820-1883) was one of the most eminent watchmakers specialized in watches for the Chinese Market. He opened his workshop in Buttes in 1842 before moving to Fleurier in 1844.

    Edouard's sons Ami-Louis and Léo worked in the family's firm in Shanghai where they were only rivalled by the Bovets. The firm opened branches in Tien-tsin and Saigon and prospered to such an extent that Léo wrote "Our watches sell like salt".

    In 1873, Edouard Juvet registered a trademark in Chinese characters which was used for all their products. After his death in 1883, Léo took over the management of the company.

    "Simple" watches in plain silver cases but still fitted with the lavishly decorated movement and centre seconds, typical features of the "Chinese Market" watches, were offered at affordable prices to the Chinese general public.

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