Baume & Co, 24 Hatton Garden, London. A very fine 18K gold keyless wind perpetual calendar trip minute repeating Grande Sonnerie full hunter clock watch with chronograph, strike silent, moon phase and polychrome enamel crest Circa 1900 and Later

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Baume & Co, 24 Hatton Garden, London. A very fine 18K gold keyless wind perpetual calendar trip minute repeating Grande Sonnerie full hunter clock watch with chronograph, strike silent, moon phase and polychrome enamel crest
Circa 1900 and Later

Sold for £ 27,562 (US$ 37,330) inc. premium
Baume & Co, 24 Hatton Garden, London. A very fine 18K gold keyless wind perpetual calendar trip minute repeating Grande Sonnerie full hunter clock watch with chronograph, strike silent, moon phase and polychrome enamel crest
Date: Circa 1900 and Later
Movement: Gilt 3/4 plate fire gilt English lever, cut and compensated bi-metallic balance, gold compensation screws, blued steel Breguet overcoil balance spring, screwed gold chaton jewels throughout, bi-directional winding for going and striking, diamond end stone, No.6422
Dial: White, black Roman numerals, black outer minute and 1/5th second divisions, subsidiary dials at 3, 6, 9 and 12 for seconds combined with moon phase, day, date and month combined with leap year, blued steel spade hands
Case: Later polished round hinged, enamel decoration to the front depicting a European family crest, enamel decoration to the reverse depicting the Rod of Asclepius, chronograph button at 12, strike/silent indication on bezel between 11 and 12, quarters only/hours and quarters indication on bezel between 6 and 7, repeat button at 7, thief-proof bow, Latin engraving to cuvette reads 'Curant ea quae requiruntur in homine: virtus, integritas, probitas. S.(Simon) Okolski 1641, No.6422
Signed: Movement
Size: 61mm
Accompaniments: Fitted wooden box, winding key, three spare 18K gold case back panels

Footnotes

  • Deriving from the private collection of a German Professor of Medicine, the current lot is to be offered for sale from the descendants of the family. The Professor had a great love of travelling and collecting which took him, alongside his career, to many of the annual auctions in London and Geneva with certain of his pieces being exhibited in Germany. This watch is an excellent representation of what can be achieved through passion, appreciation and an eye for quality. Privately commissioned, the watch case features beautifully enamelled panels to the fore and reverse whilst the Baume & Co movement is a skilfully executed piece of horological craftmanship from the turn of the century.

    Applied to the case are two handsomely finished pieces of enamel work. The front depicts the Professors family crest which hails back to Prussia in the 1840s. The lore of the family is that during battle a Knight pulled a small oak tree from the ground before proceeding to save the life of one of the kings involved in the skirmish. In gratitude, the King made the Knight a Baron and named the land after him which can now be found in modern day Poland.

    To the reverse of the case is the more familiar Rod of Asclepius. Not to be confused with the Caduceus borne by Hermes, the rod is represented by a single serpent wrapped around a staff and is commonly associated with healing and medicine. Asclepius was the son of Apollo and Coronis, a mortal, and was taught the art of healing by the centaur Chiron. His renown for healing steadily grew but it was not until after his death when he was smote down on Zeus's orders that his cult established fully. As such it is believed that it is in this process that the staff and serpent merge to form one icon as they originally were seen as separate symbols.

    The desire to ensure the watch represented something personal and of high quality by the Professor is furthered by the engraved inscription on the cuvette by Simon or Szymon Okolski, a celebrated heraldry specialist and historian. Roughly translated, the Latin inscription is a reminder of what as human beings we need in order to live a wholesome and rewarding life – virtue, integrity and honesty.

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  • Please note that there is no key included with this lot.
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Baume & Co, 24 Hatton Garden, London. A very fine 18K gold keyless wind perpetual calendar trip minute repeating Grande Sonnerie full hunter clock watch with chronograph, strike silent, moon phase and polychrome enamel crest Circa 1900 and Later
Baume & Co, 24 Hatton Garden, London. A very fine 18K gold keyless wind perpetual calendar trip minute repeating Grande Sonnerie full hunter clock watch with chronograph, strike silent, moon phase and polychrome enamel crest Circa 1900 and Later
Baume & Co, 24 Hatton Garden, London. A very fine 18K gold keyless wind perpetual calendar trip minute repeating Grande Sonnerie full hunter clock watch with chronograph, strike silent, moon phase and polychrome enamel crest Circa 1900 and Later
Baume & Co, 24 Hatton Garden, London. A very fine 18K gold keyless wind perpetual calendar trip minute repeating Grande Sonnerie full hunter clock watch with chronograph, strike silent, moon phase and polychrome enamel crest Circa 1900 and Later
Baume & Co, 24 Hatton Garden, London. A very fine 18K gold keyless wind perpetual calendar trip minute repeating Grande Sonnerie full hunter clock watch with chronograph, strike silent, moon phase and polychrome enamel crest Circa 1900 and Later
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