Single Handed French Watch

Stock No. 1410

Le Noir et Fils
Rennes, c1710
Silver case, 56.5 mm.
Verge, single hand


An early and large French ‘oignon’ verge, with single handed movement and enamel dial.

MOVEMENT : Gilt verge movement, with a large and beautifully engraved and pierced balance bridge, showing birds, animals, foliage and scrolls. Large silver regulator disk.

The movement is wound through the dial. The hand is driven directly from the fusee wheel of the movement train (no central wheel as with a two handed watch). The single hand is set from the central square in the dial.

Running well.

DIAL : Fine enamel dial, with black numerals each painted on a raised cartouche. In good condition, though with some damage on the edge at 6, and hairlines running from this damage.

The steel hand is of the correct style for the period, and may be original.

CASE : A fine plain silver case.
The stem is original, though the bow probably later.

In very good condition with just some light bruises around the sides of the back. The hinges and catch are in good condition and the bezel snaps shut correctly.
Good high dome crystal in good condition.

A maker of this name is listed in Rennes in the early 18th century

PROVENANCE : From the collection of the late William Hughes (1922-2017), Bowral, Australia.
Philanthropist and entrepreneur, William Hughes frequently travelled to Europe and the United States of America. Fascinated by their design and movement, Hughes became a collector of pocket watches later in his life, often collecting pieces during his extensive travels.