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Haas Neveux & Cie. A very fine and heavy 18K gold hunter case minute repeating perpetual calendar keyless lever chronograph watch with moon phases, poinçon de Genève quality movement and original fitted box
Haas Neveux & Cie. A very fine and heavy 18K gold hunter case minute repeating perpetual calendar keyless lever chronograph watch with moon phases, poinçon de Genève quality movement and original fitted box
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Haas Neveux & Cie. A very fine and heavy 18K gold hunter case minute repeating perpetual calendar keyless lever chronograph watch with moon phases, poinçon de Genève quality movement and original fitted box

SIGNED HAAS NEVEUX & CO., GENÈVE, A-NE M-SON B. HAAS JNE., HAAS NEVEUX & CIE SUCC.S, GENÈVE-PARIS, NO. 18'861, CIRCA 1905

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Haas Neveux & Cie. A very fine and heavy 18K gold hunter case minute repeating perpetual calendar keyless lever chronograph watch with moon phases, poinçon de Genève quality movement and original fitted box
Signed Haas Neveux & Co., Genève, A-ne M-son B. Haas Jne., Haas Neveux & Cie Succ.s, Genève-Paris, no. 18'861, circa 1905
Movement: cal. 18’’’, manual, jewelled to the centre, stamped with the seal of Geneva quality mark, wolf’s tooth winding, swan neck micrometer regulator, repeating with two polished steel hammers on two gongs
Dial: tinted white enamel dial with Arabic numerals, outer scale calibrated for 300 units, gilt five-minute numerals, gold Louis XV hands, signed
Case: four-piece, front cover with a fine translucent red and blue champlevé enamel monogram, repeating slide and chronograph button in the band, hinged gold cuvette, 54 mm. diam., signed
With: original Haas Neveux & Cie fitted box and spare mainspring
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Lot Essay

Extremely well preserved and fresh to the market, even at first glance this complicated watch simply exudes quality in every aspect. The large 54 mm. heavy-gauge gold case, exquisitely detailed tinted white enamel dial with gold highlights and poinçon de Genève standard movement combine to exemplify the very best of Swiss watchmaking.

As expected from the prestigious firm of Haas Neveux, one of the foremost Swiss manufacturers, this watch is of very high grade throughout. The dial is particularly beautifully made with gilt five-minute numerals and gilt dot highlighting of the subsidiary dials being a notably attractive feature. The 3 and 9 numerals have been skilfully painted so that although cut off by the placing of the subsidiary dials, the dial maker has painted just enough of the figures to be discernible by extending the painting on the inside sloping edge of the subsidiary dials.

It is unusual for a complicated watch to achieve the timekeeping standard required to qualify for the poinçon de Genève. This is because added complications can have an adverse effect on timekeeping and thus this watch is a rarity, being both high precision and complicated. Introduced by the Republic and Canton of Geneva in 1886 as the ultimate standard of excellence and an emblem of Geneva’s fine watchmaking expertise, the Poinçon de Genève is synonymous with provenance, quality craftsmanship and reliability.

The 8 Complications
Minute repeating
Chronograph
30-minute register
Perpetual calendar
Days of the week
Date
Months
Moonphase & lunar calendar

Haas & Cie. was founded by Leopold and Benjamin Haas in 1848 and manufactured from the beginning small series of gold or platinum watches featuring the classical complications such as perpetual calendars, quarter repeaters, chronographs and split-second chronographs. Over the years, new family members joined the company and consequently it was renamed to Haas Neveux & Cie. in 1884. In the same year, Haas launched a highly innovative pocket watch with a movement that was wound by opening and closing of the cover (English patent No. 3945 of Dec. 2, 1873). This mechanism was further developed and presented at the 1893 Chicago World Exhibition.

Haas Neveux & Cie. were one of the companies at the forefront of the making of high-precision watches and chronometers, obtaining prizes at the Geneva Observatory competitions and winning the highest prizes at international exhibitions.

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