Bonhams : A fine and very rare late 19th century French giant Patented chronometer with remontoir, power reserve indication and running seconds Edward Francois, 'No.1 Chronometre'
A fine and very rare late 19th century French giant Patented chronometer with remontoir, power reserve indication and running seconds Edward Francois, 'No.1 Chronometre'

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Lot 116*
A fine and very rare late 19th century French giant Patented chronometer with remontoir, power reserve indication and running seconds
Edward Francois, 'No.1 Chronometre'

Sold for £ 13,750 (US$ 17,349) inc. premium

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12 Dec 2018, 14:00 GMT

London, New Bond Street

A fine and very rare late 19th century French giant Patented chronometer with remontoir, power reserve indication and running seconds
Edward Francois, 'No.1 Chronometre'
The giant corniche case with large bevelled glass panels all round, the dead-silvered one-piece dial with a delicately engraved 2 inch diameter subsidiary seconds ring with fine blued steel hand set over the Roman and Arabic chapters, signed in the centre No.1, CHRONOMETRE, EDOUARD FRANCOIS Bte. SGDG. with sector for the power reserve marked in even numbers of days to 8, the substantial movement measuring 6.75 inches by 4.75 inches and united by four nickel plated pillars, both trains with highly polished high count pinions, the rack strike acting on a blued steel gong mounted on the backplate, the going train fully jewelled and with additional spring remontoir driving onto the centre arbor set in a large jewelled cock, the large silvered platform with over-coiled blued steel spring and cut and compensated bimetallic balance to a pivoted detent escapement 28cms (11ins) high.

Footnotes

  • Literature:
    Roberts, D. (1993) Carriage & other Travelling clocks, Pennsylvania: Schiffer Publishing, Fig 13-7. (At the time of publication in Roberts, the clock number 1 carried engraved coat of arms.)
    An un-numbered example is illustrated in Fanelli, J., Terwilliger, Ch. (1987) A Century of Fine Carriage Clocks. Bronxville: Clock Trade Enterprises, page 136, item 64.

    Another un-numberred example signed Berthoud is illustrated in Allix & Bonnert, (1974) Carriage Clocks, Suffolk: The Antique Collectors' Club, page 112, Plate V/12. And yet another signed Berthoud, but with moonphase set within the seconds ring is illustrated in Roberts Fig 13-7. (Both Berthoud images supplied by Asprey plc.)

    Being numbered 1, and with its exceptional level of finish, including the nickel plating of the pillars, the deep blueing, and over-sized jewelling, this is possibly the first clock that Francois made in order to demonstrate his patent. He is listed as working in Rue Charlot, 1880-1890.
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A fine and very rare late 19th century French giant Patented chronometer with remontoir, power reserve indication and running seconds Edward Francois, 'No.1 Chronometre'
A fine and very rare late 19th century French giant Patented chronometer with remontoir, power reserve indication and running seconds Edward Francois, 'No.1 Chronometre'
A fine and very rare late 19th century French giant Patented chronometer with remontoir, power reserve indication and running seconds Edward Francois, 'No.1 Chronometre'
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