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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 194

    Swiss. A fine, rare and very unusual 18K gold openface quarter repeating verge watch with vari-coloured gold four-action climbing monkey jaquemarts automaton

    UNSIGNED, CASE NO. 5360, CIRCA 1815

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    Swiss. A fine, rare and very unusual 18K gold openface quarter repeating verge watch with vari-coloured gold four-action climbing monkey jaquemarts automaton
    Unsigned, case no. 5360, circa 1815
    MOVEMENT: manual, verge escapement, quarter repeating with two hammers on two gongs
    DIAL: white enamel, Arabic numerals, blued steel centre with vari-coloured gold scene with two monkeys climbing palm trees and striking bells in unison with the repeating, moving down again once the repeating finished, dog and basket of flowers between
    CASE: 18K gold, engine-turned back, ribbed band, repeating through the pendant, hinged gilt-metal cuvette, 55 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: unsigned, case numbered 5360


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    Only one or two examples are known of this very rare type of “singerie” or monkey automaton watch. When the repeating is activated the monkeys rise upwards climbing the palm trees then once at the top they strike the bells in unison with the repeating. When the repeating is finished the monkeys slide down to their original positions.

    The present watch is furthermore preserved in very good, original overall condition, a fascinating and beautiful work of mechanical art.