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  • Manufacturer: Girard Perregaux
    Year: Circa 1890
    Movement No: 303'690
    Case No: 303'690
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual
    Dimensions: 55mm diameter
    Signed: Case, cuvette, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Detent chronometer escapements were used during the 19th century in high precision timepieces. The detent was expensive to produce and with the start of the industrial revolution at the end of the 19th century, more efficient and economical escapements were made. One of the most important innovations was the Guillaume balance that could be used with the lever escapement and ensure similar precision timekeeping, thus making the detent less favorable in the horological field. This type of escapement was constructed so there was only one impulse, compared with the lever that had two. This helped to reduce friction and increase reliability.

    The present detent chronometer from the end of the 19th century is a technical marvel, and also beautifully designed. The chased and engraved hunter case is reminiscent of the art nouveau style. The center features a lion’s head set within a floral garland with buds and tendrils. In excellent overall condition, this example watch presents an opportunity for a collector to own one of these rare chronometers.

  • Artist Biography

    Girard Perregaux

    Swiss • 1791

    Celebrating its 225th anniversary in 2016, the company earned its fame as the first vertically integrated Swiss watchmaking company, manufacturing high-grade movements, cases and dials within its premises. Particularly noteworthy are the brand's three-gold-bridge tourbillon pocket watches built by Constant Girard beginning in 1867 — considered amongst the most beautiful movement architectures ever made. An active participant in Switzerland's observatory chronometry competitions, the brand won so many precision awards that they were excluded from competing in 1901.

    Key models include nineteenth and twentieth century pocket watches with three gold bridges, modern tourbillon wristwatches with three gold bridges, minute repeating pocket and wristwatches, as well as sport watches such as the Laureato and Sea Hawk.

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THIS LOT IS TO BE SOLD WITH NO RESERVE

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Lot offered with No Reserve

A rare and very fine yellow gold detent chronometer hunter case pocket watch with chased and engraved case

Circa 1890
55mm diameter
Case, cuvette, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$25,000 - 40,000 
€2,800-4,400
$3,200-5,100

Sold for HK$37,500

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
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Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018