- AN 18K YELLOW GOLD, ENAMEL AND PEARL OPEN-FACED WATCH MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET
- gold, enamel
- diameter 60 mm
William Ilbery (1760-1839) specialised in the production of luxury watches for the Chinese Market. His early production was very much in the English style, featuring a full plate movement and an English type single wheel duplex escapement. The cases of his watches were sumptuously decorated by the best Geneva enamellers. He organized the production of his highly engraved movements for the Asian market in Switzerland, mainly in Fleurier. He was followed in this by makers such as Bovet and Juvet who also worked in Fleurier (Val de Travers). Ilbery can therefore be considered one of the most representative makers of "Chinese" watches.