26 April 2004
Property From An Important Private Asian Collection
FONTAC. A GILT VERGE WATCH, MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET
Signed Fontac, No. 271, circa 1800
With gilt-finished verge movement, pierced and engraved cock, chain fusee, the white enamel dial with Roman numerals and Chinese characters for the hours, gilt open diamond-shaped hands, in plain case with scalloped bezel and borders, movement signed
62 mm. diam.
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The twelve characters used as numerals on this watch are known as the Earthly Branches which is an ancient Chinese numeral system used in the traditional Chinese calendar and Taoism. Each corresponds to an animal of the Chinese Zodiac and a Chinese hour that is equivalent to 120 minutes.
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