French gold cased verge repeater

Stock No. 1595

Lautard
France, c1810
Gold case, 51.5 mm.
Verge escapement, quarter repeating

Price £1500

A French gold quarter repeating watch, with verge escapement, in a rose gold case, and an engine turned silver dial.

MOVEMENT : A gilt movement with verge escapement, and quarter repeating with two polished steel hammers striking two steel gongs. Unsigned.

The quarter repeating function is activated by pressing down the stem, striking once for each hour and then twice for each quarter.

The movement is in good condition, and is running well and repeating correctly.

DIAL : Silver engine turned dial.

In reasonable condition with just one short scratch on the chapter ring between 3 and 4, and a few light scratches around the centre, the largest running across the dial just above the centre. Blued steel Breguet type hands

CASE : The gold case has engine turning to the band and bezels. The inner gilt cuvette is signed :

“Lautard, Capitaine et Proprietaire au bouissou.”

The gold back of the case is stamped with case numbers and French gold marks.
The slide on the band at 2 is used to disable the repeat.

The case is in quite good condition, with just a few light marks and small bruises to the band and back.

All hinges are fine and the bezel and cuvette both close correctly, though the back cover doesn’t close tightly and occasionally doesn’t snap shut. The crystal is good.