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

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Geneva

Mathieu de Larzat, à Paris
A DOUBLE-DIALLED WORLD TIME VERGE WATCH MOVEMENT WITH DATE IN ASSOCIATED CUSTOM MADE GOLD CASE MOVEMENT CIRCA 1780, CASE CIRCA 1820
Movement: full plate, verge escapement, fusee and chain, cylindrical pillars, plain three-arm brass balance
Dials: front: white enamel, Roman numerals, outer minute ring with Arabic numeral 5-minute markers, inner red date ring, gilt-brass serpent-form hands heightened with light blue and black enamel, blued steel date hand with arrow-form tip, aperture for winding • back: the outer dial marked with 50 world locations marked in alternating black and gold text, central rotating disc divided into diurnal hours in red and nocturnal hours in black with periods of the day, the disc rotating counter clockwise and the hours indicating to the world locations
Case: later custom made, pink gold, engine-turned bezels, milled band
diameter 53mm
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Provenance

Antiquorum Geneva, 14 October 1990, lot 51

Catalogue Note

As global trade and commerce continued to advance during the 18th century, a consequence of mankind's growing ability to successfully navigate the oceans, so people's perception of the world began to change. Towards the end of the 18th century, the first world time watches started to appear, early examples of which, such as the present watch, would display a succession of world locations against which a central disc would revolve once every 24-hours to display the time in each location. For further examples of watches from this period using a similar system, see P. Friess, "Patek Philippe Museum Vol. IV, The Emergence of the Portable Watch", pp.228-229.

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

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Geneva