Pierre Jaquet Droz. A very fine and very rare open face gold
Lot 19
Pierre Jaquet Droz. A very fine and very rare open face gold, enamel, gem and split pearl set centre seconds pocket watch with pedometer winding made for the Chinese Market Numbered on the stem 12513, Circa 1760
Sold for £33,650 (US$ 54,521) inc. premium

Lot Details
Pierre Jaquet Droz. A very fine and very rare open face gold, enamel, gem and pearl set centre seconds pocket watch with pedometer winding Numbered on the stem 12513,  Circa 1760
Pierre Jaquet Droz. A very fine and very rare open face gold, enamel, gem and split pearl set centre seconds pocket watch with pedometer winding made for the Chinese Market
Numbered on the stem 12513, Circa 1760
Gilt brass full plate cylinder movement with small cylindrical pillars, one-footed gilt pierced and engraved balance cock, three-arm balance with flat balance spring, micro-regulation, going barrel, spring-loaded shock absorbing gold lozenge shaped oscillating pedometer winding weight signed Jaquet Droz, London, with small cut-outs on the side to accommodate the steel stoppers either side, suspended from a blued steel arm secured by a single foot, engraved gold secure dust cap, enamel dial with black Roman numerals and outer five minute markers, gold skeleton hour and minute hands either side of centre seconds, small stop lever at five, engine turned case (enamel lacking) with split pearls and red gems around the band, opening button at 6, hinged to the front through the stem
51mm.

Footnotes

  • Pierre Jaquet Droz, born in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1721, was one of the most brilliant watchmakers of his era, and specialised in musical and automaton watches and clocks, boxes, fans and singing birds. His creations fascinated nobility, kings and emperors of the world, most notably in China. His was apparantely one of the first watch manufacturing brands to be imported into the Forbidden City. He travelled widely, and his travels also took him to England, France and Spain.

    His second son, Henri-Louis, was born on 13 October 1752. At a young age, the talented child was sent to Nancy in order to study music, science, mathematics, physics and drawing. Upon his return in 1769, he joined his father's workshop together with Jean-Frédéric Leschot (1764-1824), Pierre's adoptive son.

    This watch is probably made before 1773, before Jaquet-Droz went into business with his son Henri-Louis and adoptive son Jean-Frederic Leschot.
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