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GOLD SKELETONIZED OPENFACE QUARTER REPEATING JAQUEMARTS KEYWOUND POCKET WATCH, SWISS, CIRCA 1820

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SWISS
GOLD SKELETONIZED OPENFACE QUARTER REPEATING JAQUEMARTS KEYWOUND POCKET WATCH, SWISS, CIRCA 1820
Full plate gilt-finished movement, engraved and pierced balance cock, plain three arm balance, quarter repeating on three gongs, gilt cuvette, skeletonized dial centred by a small enamel chapter ring with Arabic numerals, skeletonized surround surmounted by a vari-coloured gilt scene depicting two standing and one sitting figures, realistically striking bells in time with the quarter repeating mechanism, gold circular engine-turned case, twisted band, eccentric small oval blank cartouche to the back, repeating through the pendant, cuvette engraved Breguet & Fils, No. 22423
Diameter : 59 mm

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Lot Essay

US$15,000-25,000

This lot is fitted with so-called "jaquemarts" automaton.
Jaquemarts have a long tradition and figure already in the first edition of the French National Academy's dictionary, which appeared in 1694, with the following definition:
"Figure made of solid or cast iron representing a man in arms, which is usually put up on top of a (clock) tower to strike the hours with a hammer onto the bell of the clock."
Watches decorated with the miniature versions of these clock tower "men in arms" were very popular in the 19th century.

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