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YELLOW GOLD HUNTING CASED ONE MINUTE TOURBILLON WATCH WITH CHRONOMETER ESCAPEMENT CIRCA 1870
Dial: white enamel
Calibre: 
Guinand Type 2 one minute tourbillon, nickel movement with pivoted detent escapement, bridges formed as the initials of Ernest Guinand
Case:
later high quality purpose built engine turned in 18k yellow gold 
Dimensions:
53.5 mm
Signed: high quality purpose built associated case, case makers mark MRM for Martin Matthews, , 20th century 
Accessories: none


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Catalogue Note

Working in Le Locle, Ernest Guinand (1810-1879) specialised in the delicate construction of tourbillon carriages and movements that incorporated them. 

It is estimated that from approximately 1865 he produced in the region of 20-25 tourbillons for prestigious manufactures such as F.L Favre-Bulle, Girard-Perregaux, and Patek Philippe. Indeed such was the esteem in which he was held that Patek chose him to create their first tourbillon regulator.

His designs paved the way to modern tourbillon's, and Guinand created three distinct shapes of carriage types 1, 2 and 3 as illustrated in figure one. The present lot exhibits his type 2 carriage.  

Another interesting feature of this particular watch is the configuration of the bridges. At first seemingly ornate, the bridges spell the makers initial 'EG'.  This makes the present lot one of perhaps as few as only three known to have this feature. 

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