4R cylinder
Lot 32
Bort à Gourdon. A fine 18K gold open face quarter repeating cylinder watch with transitional movementCirca 1800
US$ 5,500 - 6,500
£3,300 - 3,900
Lot Details
Bort à Gourdon. A fine 18K gold open face quarter repeating cylinder watch with transitional movement
Circa 1800
Gilt movement with going barrel, single shaped and partly skeletonized bridge supporting going and repeating trains, steel cylinder and escape wheel, pierced cock with index regulator, gilt three arm balance with flat blued spring, repeating on gongs with two visible polished steel hammers by depressing pendant, signed on the gold cuvette, white enamel dial with arabic chapters, minute ring enhanced with gilt, blued Breguet hands, within a gold case with engine turned back and reeded edge. 56mm

Footnotes

  • Bort à Gourdon is apparently unrecorded, thus it is more likely he was the retailer of the watch rather than the maker. It is unfortunate that the maker remains unknown as the watch has a unusual movement transitional between the traditional full plate and pillar design and Breguet's calibre à ponts, The movement has a free standing going barrel and balance cock screwed to the front plate. Rather that individual bridges, a single small shaped bridge also screwed to the front plate supports the train. The layout is similar to the arrangement employed by A.-L. Breguet in his early watches repeating à la Lèpine. See, for example, George Daniels, The Art of Breguet (1975), figs. 32 & 33.
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