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Attributed to Sylvain Mairet
A VERY FINE AND SLIM GOLD LEVER WATCH WITH RÉAUMUR THERMOMETER AND REGULATOR DIAL CIRCA 1835, NO. 4292/2241/175
Estimate
6,0008,500
LOT SOLD. 10,625 GBP
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104
Attributed to Sylvain Mairet
A VERY FINE AND SLIM GOLD LEVER WATCH WITH RÉAUMUR THERMOMETER AND REGULATOR DIAL CIRCA 1835, NO. 4292/2241/175
Estimate
6,0008,500
LOT SOLD. 10,625 GBP
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Attributed to Sylvain Mairet
A VERY FINE AND SLIM GOLD LEVER WATCH WITH RÉAUMUR THERMOMETER AND REGULATOR DIAL CIRCA 1835, NO. 4292/2241/175
Movement: unsigned damascened, lateral lever escapement, polished steel escape wheel, bi-metallic compensation balance with blued steel arms, steel and brass bi-metallic thermometer curb with rack and pinion transmission
Dial: white enamel dial, sector for Réaumur thermometer, three subsidiary dials for hours with Roman numerals, minutes and seconds with Arabic numerals
Case: slim gold case, engine-turned back, milled band, polished bezel, numbered 4292, 2241, 175, gold cuvette engraved with movement details and with apertures for female winding and setting squares, numbered 92, 2241, 175
diameter 44.5mm
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Catalogue Note

Although unsigned, the present lot is likely by Sylvain Mairet. Born in Switzerland in 1805, he was raised by his uncle, F.I. Favre-Bulle, a watchmaker in his own right.  After working in London from 1831 to 1834 for firms such as Hunt & Roskell and Vulliamy, he returned to his native Switzerland and settled in Le Locle.  In 1867, he received a gold medal to commemorate his influence on watchmaking in the Canton of Neuchâtel.

Mairet was known for his flat watches with thermometer as well as his lever escapement invented with pointed pallets.  For a further discussion of his watches and lever escapements see Jean-Claude Sabrier, Frédéric Houriet, The Father of Swiss Chronometry pp.168-172.

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