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LeCoultre, Genève and Bapst & Falize, Paris
AN IMPRESSIVE AND VERY RARE GOLD HUNTING CASED KEYLESS LEVER MINUTE REPEATING WATCH WITH TRIPLE CALENDAR, RETROGRADE DATE AND MOON PHASES, THE CASE BY BAPST & FALIZE, PARIS
Estimate
22,00038,000
LOT SOLD. 35,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
116
LeCoultre, Genève and Bapst & Falize, Paris
AN IMPRESSIVE AND VERY RARE GOLD HUNTING CASED KEYLESS LEVER MINUTE REPEATING WATCH WITH TRIPLE CALENDAR, RETROGRADE DATE AND MOON PHASES, THE CASE BY BAPST & FALIZE, PARIS
Estimate
22,00038,000
LOT SOLD. 35,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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LeCoultre, Genève and Bapst & Falize, Paris
AN IMPRESSIVE AND VERY RARE GOLD HUNTING CASED KEYLESS LEVER MINUTE REPEATING WATCH WITH TRIPLE CALENDAR, RETROGRADE DATE AND MOON PHASES, THE CASE BY BAPST & FALIZE, PARIS
Movement: gilded, highly jewelled lever movement, wolf's tooth winding, bi-metallic compensation balance, snail-form precision regulation
Dial: white enamel dial, Roman numerals, outer Arabic minute ring, sector for retrograde date, three apertures for day, month and moon phases
Case: gold, repoussé covers chased and engraved in Renaissance style, the front with Chronos standing atop a globe, surrounded by three partially draped figures of the Fates: Lachesis, Atrophos and Chlotos holding skeins of wool with two pendant love trophies below, the back similarly decorated with Apollo and Diana, the back bezel engraved around its circumference 'qui temps a tout a PHP', the front bezel with repeated monogram PHP separated by stylised flowers, case back interior engraved with  the maker's mark BF a ring and a pearl drop flanked by a stylized motto Adamas Margarita, and further signed around the perimeter LeCoultre Horloger à Genève and Bapst & Falize Orfèvres à Paris
diameter 57mm
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Catalogue Note

The case of this watch is likely the one illustrated in Henri Vever, French Jewellery of the Nineteenth Century, p. 988, 2001. The caption reads, "chased gold watch depicting ' the three Fates' on one side, and 'Apollo and Diana' on the other by Lucien Falize, chased by Oms (1882)." the case clearly demonstrates Lucien Falize's inspiration taken from classical Renaissance designs.

Germain Bapst and Lucien Falize combined their two houses to form a collaboration between 1880-1892. Bapst were jewellers to the French crown and were known to have an impressive client base, while Falize brought his considerable design talent and business knowledge.  After working together for 12 years, the two dissolved their partnership in 1892. Bapst went on to pursue his interests in academia, while Falize continued to run the jewellery business.

Masterworks of Time: George Daniels, Visionary

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