The dial is handsomely arranged with an off-set chapter ring beneath which an aperture reveals the balance, an arm of which is affixed with a disc to mimic the action of a pendulum. The placement of the balance to the movement’s top plate allows for the addition of the enamel portrait plaque to the backplate. The lady in the portrait who has ribbons in her hair may be the Duchesse de Fontanges (1660-1681), mistress of Louis XIV. It is said that the Duchesse – who was considered a great beauty - tied ribbon in her hair after she lost her hat whilst riding and that, thereafter, the ladies of the court wore their hair up, tied with a fontange. Similar portraits are known from watches by Simon de Charmes; for a similar example see: Sotheby's London, 6 July 2017, lot 13.
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