Robert et Droz. A fine late 18th century 18ct gold open face musical quarter repeating pocket watch Circa 1770
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Robert et Droz. A fine late 18th century 18ct gold open face musical quarter repeating pocket watch Circa 1770
Sold for £4,750 (US$ 7,983) inc. premium
Lot Details
Robert et Droz. A fine late 18th century 18ct gold open face musical quarter repeating pocket watch
Circa 1770
Signed gilt full plate movement with virgule escapement, 3-arm brass balance with overcoiled spring, engraved barrel, polished steel repeat mechanism, musical work under the dial, white dial with black painted Breguet style Arabic numerals and outer five minute divisions, very fine blued steel skeletonised hands, polished and engine turned case with hinged back numbered 4647 and 7360 and with maker's mark P&S, push repeat via the stem and numbered 7, dial and movement signed
58mm.

Footnotes

  • Pierre Jaquet Droz was born in 1721 in La Chaux-de-Fonds. He began to take a serious interest in clockmaking and precision mechanics under the tutelage of older relatives from the Brandt-di-Grieurin, Sandoz and Robert watch making families. He is probably best known for his fine automaton watches and figurines. Henri Robert was himself taught by the great Abraham Louis Breguet. The influence of Breguet can clearly be seen in this watch.
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