Referring to the Medieval way of announcing the public time, this automaton has a particularly rare design as the scene is presented as a theater scene. During the Medieval time, real people were taking care of striking the public time every hour on a bell situated at the top of the city tower. Later, this was taken care by life-size automaton called Jaquemarts. These automatons, on top of telling the time, were also aimed at amusing the public through their performance.
A practically identical watch, retailed by Frères Esquivillon is known from the famous Sandoz Collection housed in Le Locle Chateau des Monts Museum.