Although designed as a coach watch and consequently of a large size, the present watch nevertheless displays particularly intricate and fine floral engraving, which was popular in the earlier part of the 17th century. After the design was engraved onto the case, it was also pierced to allow the strike to resonate.
Blois, in central France was a popular residence of many of the Kings and Queens of France throughout the 16th and 17th centuries and therefore it attracted many important and highly skilled craftsmen to the surrounding areas to seek work within such prominent circles. One talented watchmaker who in fact originated from Blois was Jacques Duduict (listed between 1599-1645). He was clearly an enlightened man of the time as he was also known to have worked on fine solar instruments and, in 1631, Duduict published a document regarding the use of solar watches to determine both the meridian and the height of the pole whilst at sea.
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