14 November 2011
Bovet. A fine, rare and decorative gilt brass, enamel and pearl-set openface keywound lever watch with centre seconds, made for the Chinese market
Signed Bovet, Fleurier, circa 1820
With finely engraved and chased floral decorated gilt-finished straight lever movement, polished steel three arm balance with wedge-shaped blued steel weights, hinged glazed display cuvette, white enamel dial, Roman numerals, blued steel spoon hands, sweep centre seconds, large circular case with pearl-set bezel, rim, pendant and bow, the back decorated with a painted polychrome enamel bouquet of flowers, movement signed and stamped with Bovet's Chinese signature, inside back cover stamped with Bovet's Chinese signature
56 mm. diam.
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For the black and white illustration of Bovet's Chinese signature and a similar movement with straight lever escapement signed Bovet, Fleurier see La Montre Chinoise by Alfred Chapuis, p. 135, pl. 89, and p. 179, "Lorimier Calibre".
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