AN EARLY OVAL GILT METAL PRE-HAIRSPRING VERGE WATCH WITH ALARM
- length 64 mm
The present example is engraved below the dial 'L Papon F 1574' which allows us to believe that it is one of the earliest portable timepieces made. The 'F' probably stands for the word 'Fecit', its decoration is typical of the period with mythological and religious subjects. From this period there exists an early spherical watch signed by Jacques de la Garde which is now in the Louvre Museum collections of early watches.