5 June 2003
Langlois. A rare gilt metal and enamel single hand pair case verge watch with alarm
Signed Langlois, Paris, circa 1690
The gilt brass movement with verge escapement, chain fusee, engraved floral and scroll decoration to the pierced cock and pierced alarm barrel, turned conical pillars, alarm mechanism striking on mounted bell, the engraved silver dial with Roman numerals, centered by engraved rotating alarm disk with Arabic numerals, blued steel alarm hand and stylized blued steel time indicator, all hinged within a gilt metal inner case with engraved and pierced floral, scroll and animal decoration, the outer case with white, black and pink enamel floral, foliage and hunting scene motif to a pale blue enamel background with textured gilt accents, movement signed
54 mm. diam.
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A watch with a similar central alarm disc is illustrated in Watches by Cecil Clutton & George Daniels, pl. 113a.
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