15 November 2004
Bordier. An early 18K gold openface minute repeating watch
Signed Roman Bordier & Cie., No. 23021, REsée par Leroy à Paris, circa 1795
With full plate gilt-finished keywound movement, plain three arm steel balance, minute repeating on three polished steel hammers onto three gongs, gold cuvette, the gilt engine-turned dial with Roman numerals, centred by a floral decoration, blued steel moon-style hands, in large circular case with ribbed bezel and rims, the reverse with engine-turned sunbeam design, repeating through the pendant, case numbered, cuvette signed and numbered, dial signed
58 mm. diam.
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Roman Bordier & Cie. are listed as watchmakers based in Geneva at the end of the 18th/beginning of 19th century, specialized in the manufacture of complicated watches featuring repeating, automaton and perpetual calendar mechanisms.
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