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Frédéric Houriet
A VERY FINE SILVER POCKET CHRONOMETER 1828, NO. 79
Estimate
10,00016,000
LOT SOLD. 17,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
103
Frédéric Houriet
A VERY FINE SILVER POCKET CHRONOMETER 1828, NO. 79
Estimate
10,00016,000
LOT SOLD. 17,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Frédéric Houriet
A VERY FINE SILVER POCKET CHRONOMETER 1828, NO. 79
Movement: gilded, spring detent escapement, large two-arm balance with two timing screws and two large wedge-shaped moveable weights, blued steel spherical spring, cylindrical pillars, fusee and chain with maintaining power
Dial: white enamel, Roman numerals, outer minute ring, subsidiary seconds, blued steel moon hands
Case: plain polished silver case and ring pendant, case maker's mark MF and numbered 8065 and 5853, slide beneath bezel marked A/M for arrêt / marche, gilt-metal cuvette with winding aperture, engraved with watch details and numbered 79

diameter 61.5mm
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Provenance

Antiquorum Geneva, 23 October 1999, lot 24

Literature

Jean-Claude Sabrier, Frédéric Houriet, The Father of Swiss Chronometry, 2006, p. 81 pl. 79

Catalogue Note

This silver chronometer although unsigned is attributed to the workshop of Jacques-Frédéric Houriet (1743-1830).  Houriet is known as one of the finest Swiss makers of watches.  During his career he apprenticed with such famed Parisian makers as Julien and Pierre Le Roy and Ferdinand Berthoud.  For a further discussion of Houriet see Pritchard, Swiss Timepiece Makers, 1775-1975, pp. 89-9 and Jean Claude Sabrier, Houriet the Father of Swiss Chronometry where the present watch no. 79 is illustrated and includes the text of a copy of instructions given to the buyer by Houriet at the time of its sale.

The present watch includes Houriet’s spherical balance which he devised while experimenting with different balance forms when he worked on the subject of isochronism.

 

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