An early miniature Continental verge.
MOVEMENT : Gilt verge movement, with nicely engraved and nicely pierced balance cock. Signed (L’ARGAND, London) and numbered (167). Very unusual form of balance staff (see photos). The top plate has a diameter of just 24.5 mm. Movement condition : The mainspring barrel has been repaired (replaced cap), the chain is detached (though complete) and there is some wear to the engraving on the top plate. The balance appears to be complete, and does swing with some pressure to the contrate wheel.
DIAL : White enamel in reasonable condition, with chips around the winding aperture and the catch at 6, but no hairlines or repairs. Blued steel Breguet type hands.
CASE : A gilt brass case, in very good condition except that the gilding has worn off the back and the stem. The hinge is fine and the bezel closes nicely. The high dome crystal is in good condition.
Although marked ‘London’, this is a Continental watch, probably made in Switzerland, or possibly France.