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Masterworks of Time: Adolf Lange, The Golden Era of Glashütte

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Jean Delacombes
A RARE GILT METAL AND ROCK CRYSTAL CRUCIFORM VERGE WATCH WITH LEATHER OUTER PROTECTIVE CASE CIRCA 1650
Movement: gilded full plate cruciform, verge escapement, flat steel two-arm balance, decoratively pierced and floral engraved screwed-on balance cock and foot, similar decorated cock with large and elaborate foot surrounding the blued steel wheel and click set-up and winding square, vase-shaped pillars, fusee and gut line, signed Jean Delacombes 
Dial: silver chapter ring with Roman numerals, set upon a gilded plate engraved with scrolling flowers and foliage, an engraved townscape to the centre, blued steel hand
Case: multi-faceted rock crystal covers to front and back, gilt metal mounts, gilded pendant and turned terminal
Accompaniments: leather covered cruciform outer protective case
length including pendant and terminal 60.5mm
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Provenance

Antiquorum Geneva, 18 April 1998, lot 176

Catalogue Note

During the second quarter of the 17th century the cruciform watch case was a fashionable design and, by the middle of the century, examples with rock crystal cases were being produced. The movements of these watches were specially designed and were also formed in the shape of a crucifix. The ornate appearance of watches such as these acted as expressions of their owner's wealth and social status.

Masterworks of Time: Adolf Lange, The Golden Era of Glashütte

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Geneva