The present watch and its combination of a lavishly decorated case and a high quality movement is the perfect example for a timepiece made for a Chinese dignitary.
The superb quality of the enamel decoration illustrates the celebrated art of enamel miniatures originating from Geneva in the 19th century. It was unusual during that period that an artist would sign his work. The enamel on the present watch however can be attributed to Jean-François-Victor Dupont. Dupont (1785-1863), a renowned enamel painter working in Geneva, was famous for his portraits of eminent personalities (King George IV, Henry VI among others), as well as boxes and watches for the Chinese market. He cooperated frequently with Ilbery and Piguet & Meylan.