La Esmeralda - Hauser Zivy & Cie.
Hauser Zivy & Cie. was founded by Mr. Hauser and Mr. Zivy, owners of "La Esmeralda", the most important jewellers in Mexico City during the second half of the 19th century. Besides fine watches the firm was also selling jewellery, musical boxes and works of art. In addition they were the agents of the silversmith Christofle and the glass manufacturer Baccarat. The building housing "La Esmeralda" at Calle de Francisco I. Madero is still today a historical landmark and considered one of Mexico City's finest examples for illustrating the influence of European architects at the turn of the 19th century.
An extremely fine and rare 18K gold and enamel hunter case two train minute repeating grande and petite sonnerie perpetual calendar clock watch with phases of the moon signed Hauser Zivy & Cie., presented to Sebastian Lerdo de Tejada y Corral, President of Mexico with enamel portrait by C. Glardon, was sold in this saleroom on 14 May 2007 (lot 271).