2252
2252
Jaquet Droz
A YELLOW GOLD, RUBY AND SEED PEARL-SET OPENFACE WATCH, MADE IN SWITZERLAND, RETAILED IN LONDON FOR EXPORT TO THE FAR EAST, CIRCA 1780
Estimate
160,000320,000
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2252
Jaquet Droz
A YELLOW GOLD, RUBY AND SEED PEARL-SET OPENFACE WATCH, MADE IN SWITZERLAND, RETAILED IN LONDON FOR EXPORT TO THE FAR EAST, CIRCA 1780
Estimate
160,000320,000
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Jaquet Droz
A YELLOW GOLD, RUBY AND SEED PEARL-SET OPENFACE WATCH, MADE IN SWITZERLAND, RETAILED IN LONDON FOR EXPORT TO THE FAR EAST, CIRCA 1780
Dial: enamel
Calibre: 17''' pendant winding cylinder, diamond end-stone
Case: yellow gold, ruby and seed pearl-set, glass display back
Size: 50 mm diameter
Signed: movement
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The present lot is particularly interesting due to the mechanism that winds the movement. The system works by depressing the pendant of the watch just as one would a repeating watch of this kind. A similar system is known to have been employed during the same period in English watches an example of which were sold in these rooms by the maker Viner & Co., and though it differed slightly there is a patent for this particular set up dated as early as 1793. Additionally to this, beneath the bezel the user is able, via a slide, to stop the centre seconds hand thus allowing the timing of events, much like a chronograph.

The design and decoration is typical for a watch made for the Chinese market, and the red glass back elevates the watch's aesthetic allowing the user to enjoy the movement's beautifully pierced and engraved cock, foot and plate. The use of this red glass is incredibly rare for this period and was very sought after in the Orient.

Pierre Jaquet Droz (1721-1790) was an outstanding watchmaker from Neuchâtel, Switzerland. His reputation was impeccable and he is credited for making the first singing bird boxes. His company specialized in making watches for the Far East and in order to reach the Chinese market, he opened an office in London in 1783 that facilitated the export to the Orient.

The present watch is of exceptional museum quality and is really a beautiful watch from this period.

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