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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 125

    La Esmeralda (Hauser Zivy & Cie.). An extremely fine and rare 18K gold and enamel hunter case two train minute repeating grande and petite sonnerie perpetual calendar clock watch with phases of the moon

    SIGNED ESMERALDA, MEXICO, PARIS, NO. 1894, CIRCA 1894

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    La Esmeralda (Hauser Zivy & Cie.). An extremely fine and rare 18K gold and enamel hunter case two train minute repeating grande and petite sonnerie perpetual calendar clock watch with phases of the moon
    Signed Esmeralda, Mexico, Paris, No. 1894, circa 1894
    With nickel-finished highly jewelled two train keyless lever movement, bimetallic compensation balance, screwed gold chatons, minute repeating and en passant grande and petite sonnerie striking on two hammers onto two gongs, gold cuvette engraved No. 1894 Répétition à Minutes, Grande Sonnerie, Sonnant en passant & à volonté, Quantièmes Perpetuels, Phases Lunaires & Chronograph, Fabricato especialemente para el Snr. Dr. Fernando de Teresa, Mexico, the white enamel dial with Arabic numerals, outer chapter ring calibrated for 300 units, four subsidiary dials indicating month combined with leap year indicator, day, date and phases of the moon combined with constant seconds, the massive circular case with finely chased and engraved scroll decoration, the front centred by blue and red enamel initials FT, the back with entwined blue and red date 1894, "Sonnerie/Silence" and "Petite Sonnerie/Grande Sonnerie" levers underneath the bezel, repeating slide and chronograph button in the band, case and cuvette numbered, dial signed
    58 mm. diam.


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    La Esmeralda - Hauser Zivy & Cie.
    Hauser Zivy & Cie. was founded by Mr. Hauser and Mr. Zivy, owners of "La Esmeralda", the most important jewellers in Mexico City during the second half of the 19th century. Besides fine watches the firm was also selling jewellery, musical boxes and works of art. In addition they were the agents of the silversmith Christofle and the glass manufacturer Baccarat. The building housing "La Esmeralda" at Calle de Francisco I. Madero is still today a historical landmark and considered one of Mexico City's finest examples for illustrating the influence of European architects at the turn of the 19th century.

    An extremely fine and rare 18K gold and enamel hunter case two train minute repeating grande and petite sonnerie perpetual calendar clock watch with phases of the moon signed Hauser Zivy & Cie., presented to Sebastian Lerdo de Tejada y Corral, President of Mexico with enamel portrait by C. Glardon, was sold in this saleroom on 14 May 2007 (lot 271).