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EDOUARD JUVET. A VERY FINE 18K GOLD AND ENAMEL OPENFACE CENTRE SECONDS DUPLEX WATCH, MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET
EDOUARD JUVET. A VERY FINE 18K GOLD AND ENAMEL OPENFACE CENTRE SECONDS DUPLEX WATCH, MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET
EDOUARD JUVET. A VERY FINE 18K GOLD AND ENAMEL OPENFACE CENTRE SECONDS DUPLEX WATCH, MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET
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EDOUARD JUVET'TITUS & BERENICE' GOLD AND ENAMEL DUPLEX WATCH FOR THE CHINESE MARKET
EDOUARD JUVET. A VERY FINE 18K GOLD AND ENAMEL OPENFACE CENTRE SECONDS DUPLEX WATCH, MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET

SIGNED EDOUARD JUVET, FLEURIER, CASE NO. 36677, CIRCA 1860

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EDOUARD JUVET. A VERY FINE 18K GOLD AND ENAMEL OPENFACE CENTRE SECONDS DUPLEX WATCH, MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET
SIGNED EDOUARD JUVET, FLEURIER, CASE NO. 36677, CIRCA 1860
Movement: ‘Chinese’ caliber, engraved and chased, duplex escapement, five-three arm steel balance, diamond endstone
Dial: White enamel
Case: Translucent polychrome guilloché and champlevé enamel floral decorated bezel, rim, pendant and bow, the reverse centred by a painted polychrome enamel scene depicting Titus and Berenice on translucent scarlet guilloché enamel background, Approx. 55 mm. diam.

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Lot Essay

This very attractive watch preserved in excellent condition combines a lavishly decorated case and a high quality movement, presenting a superb example of a timepiece made for the Chinese market in the early 19th century.

Edouard Juvet (1820-1883) was one of the most eminent makers working for the Chinese Market. He opened his workshop in Buttes in 1842 and moved to Fleurier in 1844. Edouard's sons Ami-Louis and Léo worked in the family's firm in Shanghai where they were only rivalled by the Bovets. The firm opened branches in Tien-tsin and Saigon and prospered to such an extent that Léo wrote "Our watches sell like salt". In 1873, Edouard Juvet registered a trademark in Chinese characters which was used for all their products. After his death in 1883, Léo took over the management of the company.

An almost identical mirror-image watch, probably the pair to the present watch, was sold at Christie’s Geneva, 16 May 2001, lot 199.

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