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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 72

    Thuret. A fine, large and rare silver pair case two-train "oignon" verge watch with single hand, alarm and travelling case

    SIGNED THVRET À PARIS, CIRCA 1700

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    Thuret. A fine, large and rare silver pair case two-train "oignon" verge watch with single hand, alarm and travelling case
    Signed Thvret à Paris, circa 1700
    MOVEMENT : manual, chain fusée, verge escapement, large balance with short spring, finely pierced and chased foliate strapwork cock, separate alarm train with foliate engraved fixed barrel, striking with one hammer on a bell in the back of the case
    DIAL: annular white enamel, blue Roman numerals, inner quarter hour ring, fixed steel tulip hand, gilt brass alarm disc in the centre with steel hand
    CASE: silver, finely pierced and engraved foliate band, split bezel, loose ring pendant, polished outer case, 65 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: movement signed , outer case with maker’s mark “JL”
    ACCOMPANIED BY: period tooled leather fitted travelling case embossed with floral and foliage decoration and steel articulated crank key


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    This rare and large late 17th or early 18th century “oignon” alarm watch is preserved in unusually fine condition for its age, probably carefully kept in the leather covered case which is quite possibly original and certainly of the same period.

    Made by the great Isaac Thuret, the present watch naturally has a highly crafted and beautiful verge movement and very attractive blue Roman dial. It would have been used as a travelling alarm clock by a person of high status.

    Isaac Thuret II (c.1630 -1706) is regarded as one of the greatest clockmaker of his time and his activity was intense: the King, the Royal Family, the ministers, the great financiers and members of the nobility were all his clients.

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    FROM AN IMPORTANT EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION