This lot is offered without reserve.
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTOR
Lots no. 43 to 51 and 368 to 380, assembled by an important private collector, represent an attractive selection of fine timepieces dating from the 17th to the 20th centuries, importance given to horological complications. These epitomes of European watchmaking are characterized by the savoir-faire of their makers, ranking amongst the most celebrated maître horlogers of all times.
The first part offered in this sale, lots 43 to 51, comprises a selection of late 17th and early 18th century watches made in Switzerland, France and England, including an exceedingly rare English "Puritan" watch dating from around 1676, distinguished by the uncommon feature of a gold case (lot 46), an early two train alarm watch made in Geneva around 1690 and two so-called French "oignon" timepieces.
Lots 368 to 380 in the second session of this auction include a rare silver pocket chronometer made in the workshop of Abraham-Louis Breguet, of Swiss origin and unquestionably one of the world's most prominent watchmakers. Highly appreciated by nobility, this chronometer, lot 373, was sold to the Russian General and minister of finances Alexander Dimitrievitch Gourieff in 1841. Notable also the quarter repeating watch by Robin featuring his revolutionary lever movement, lot 373.
Switzerland is prominently represented by an attractive selection of late 19th/early 20th centuries repeating and automaton watches, notably a very rare example retailed by Tiffany & Co. in New York combining two time zones, minute repeating, a split seconds chronograph and a regulator-style dial, lot 380.