• IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A  auction at Christies

    Sale 1369

    IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION

    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 299

    Le Roy & Fils. A fine and rare 18K gold half hunter case two train minute repeating grande sonnerie clock watch with date

    SIGNED LE ROY & FILS, LONDON & PARIS, TO THE QUEEN, 211 REGENT STREET, LONDON, 13 & 15 PALAIS ROYAL, PARIS, NO. 35992 (PARTLY ILLEGIBLE), CASE NO. 16'442, CIRCA 1880

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    Le Roy & Fils. A fine and rare 18K gold half hunter case two train minute repeating grande sonnerie clock watch with date
    Signed Le Roy & Fils, London & Paris, To the Queen, 211 Regent Street, London, 13 & 15 Palais Royal, Paris, No. 35992 (partly illegible), case no. 16'442, circa 1880
    Gilt-finished fully jewelled two train lever movement wound separately, bimetallic compensation balance, minute repeating and en passant hour and quarter hour striking on two hammers onto two gongs, gold cuvette, white enamel dial, Roman numerals, two subsidiary dials for date and constant seconds, large circular plain case, repeating button in the band, hours/quarter and silence levers underneath the bezel, case stamped with casemaker's initials JSo. and numbered 16442, cuvette signed and numbered, dial signed
    55 mm. diam.


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    Of very high quality, the ébauche of the present watch is very similar to those manufactured by Louis Audemars who supplied an important number of movements to Le Roy between 1830 and 1885 (see Louis-Benjamin Audemars - His Life and Work by Hartmut Zantke, p. 65).