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Louis Audemars, made for Charles Oudin. A very fine and heavy 18K gold hunter case quarter repeating full calendar keyless lever watch with moon phases
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Louis Audemars, made for Charles Oudin. A very fine and heavy 18K gold hunter case quarter repeating full calendar keyless lever watch with moon phases

SIGNED CH. OUDIN, HER DE LA MARINE, PALAIS ROYAL 52, PARIS, MÉDAILLES DE 1806 À 1864, NO. 21'663, CASE STAMPED WITH LOUIS AUDEMARS HALLMARKS AND NUMBERED 9'873, CIRCA 1865

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Louis Audemars, made for Charles Oudin. A very fine and heavy 18K gold hunter case quarter repeating full calendar keyless lever watch with moon phases
Signed Ch. Oudin, Her de la Marine, Palais Royal 52, Paris, Médailles de 1806 à 1864, No. 21'663, case stamped with Louis Audemars hallmarks and numbered 9'873, circa 1865
Cal. 19''' gilt-finished movement, 33 jewels, Audemars counterpoised lever or "Bishop's crook pallet", bimetallic compensation balance, wolf's tooth winding, quarter repeating on two hammers onto two gongs, gold cuvette, white enamel dial, Roman numerals, aperture for moon phases and lunar calendar, three subsidiary dials for date, day and month combined with constant seconds and 1/5ths calibration, large engine-turned circular case, applied coat-of-arms of the Ponce de León family to the front, those of the Da La Cerda family to the back, repeating slide in the band, case stamped with Louis Audemars hallmark and casemaker's initials A.M., cuvette and movement signed and numbered by Charles Oudin, dial signed Charles Oudin
53 mm. diam.
Literature
Prominently illustrated and described in Louis-Benjamin Audemars - His Life and Work by Hartmut Zantke, pp. 340 & 341.

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Lot Essay

The present watch is a very fine example of a complicated timepiece made by Louis Audemars for his faithful client, the renowned Horloger de la Marine Charles Oudin in Paris, one of his main clients since around 1860. It features Louis Audemars' early pendant winding and hand-setting mechanism, developed by Hector Audemars in 1838 (see Louis-Benjamin Audemars - His Life and Work by Hartmut Zantke, p. 131), and his counterpoised lever, also called "Bishop's crook lever" (p. 192, pl.T92, op. Cit).

The coat-of-arms on the present watch are those of two important Spanish noble families: the De La Cerda family, Dukes of Medinaceli, Spain, featuring an ermine lined peer's mantle, and the Ponce De León family represented by a rampant lion and vertical stripes. When two Spanish families were united by marriage, usually a new coat-of-arms was created. In the present case however the family crests were added to the two sides of the watch. Only one marriage between the two families is known, held on 25 May 1802 between Louis Joaquim Fernandez de Cordoba Figueroa de la Cerda (1780-1840), 14th Duke of Medinaceli, Order of the Grand Cross of Charles III, and Maria de la Conception Ponce de Léon (1783-1856), second daughter of Antonio Maria Ponce de Léon, 4th Duke of Montemar. The only descendant of the alliance and hence the possible owner of the present watch was Luis Tomás de Villanueva Fernández de Córdoba Figueroa y Ponce de Léon (1813-1873), 15th Duke of Medinaceli, High Seneschal of Aragon, Order of the Grand Cross of Charles III in 1846, Golden Fleece in 1864.

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