A fine and rare weight driven skeleton timepiece with calendar signed on the dial, Lépine, Place des Victoires No. 12 and on the frame, Lépine à Paris, No. 4373, late 18th century

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A fine and rare weight driven skeleton timepiece with calendar
signed on the dial, Lépine, Place des Victoires No. 12 and on the frame, Lépine à Paris, No. 4373, late 18th century

Sold for US$ 43,750 inc. premium

The Art of Time

7 Jun 2016, 13:00 EDT

New York

A fine and rare weight driven skeleton timepiece with calendar
signed on the dial, Lépine, Place des Victoires No. 12 and on the frame, Lépine à Paris, No. 4373, late 18th century
The inverted "Y" frame on four leveling screws and secured to marble base, a pair of cylindrical brass weights suspended from polished steel cross piece together driving a single train with dead beat escapement with transverse screw depth adjustment, maintaining power, knife edge suspended gridiron pendulum with beat adjustment on crutch, white enamel dial with date ring enclosing roman chapters with Lépine's characteristic oval surround the numeral "I", seconds ring in the plain center, blued hands, accompanied by glazed dust shade
19 ¾ in (50cm) high

Footnotes

  • The technically innovative Swiss - born maker, Jean-Antoine Lépine (1720-1814)occupied premises at No. 12 Place des Victoires from 1789 to 1800. He is best known for the watch movement that bears his name. From 1500, until the last quarter of the 18th century, watch movements were essentially a thick sandwich of wheels and a fusee between two circular brass plates separated by ornamental pillars. Lépine dispensed with the bulky plates, pillars and the fusee by mounting a going barrel on a single large plate. Several slender bridges screwed to the plate hold the wheels of the train. Around the edge of the movement plate was a raised ring that slid into the watch case and was held in place by eccentric screws. In this way, Lépine dramatically reduced movement thickness. His design is known today as the "lépine calibre" or "calibre à ponts". It was quickly adopted by his most able pupil, A.-L. Breguet (1747-1823), who freely acknowledged his debt to Lépine.

    Clocks by Lépine are relatively scarce, but made to the same high standards as his watches.


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A fine and rare weight driven skeleton timepiece with calendar signed on the dial, Lépine, Place des Victoires No. 12 and on the frame, Lépine à Paris, No. 4373, late 18th century
A fine and rare weight driven skeleton timepiece with calendar signed on the dial, Lépine, Place des Victoires No. 12 and on the frame, Lépine à Paris, No. 4373, late 18th century
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