French gold & enamel verge

Stock No. 1705

Paris, c1780
Gold case, 31.5 mm.
Verge escapement

Price £1850

A small, late 18th century, Paris verge in a fine gold case with beautiful enamel plaque.

MOVEMENT : Gilt verge movement, with engraved and pierced balance bridge, large silver regulator disk, four round pillars and blued steel screws.

Signed “Vauchez, a Paris”.

In good condition, with a few light scratches and scuffs. Running well (gaining 2 or 3 minutes per hour).

DIAL : Original white enamel dial. In good condition, except for some damage around the winding aperture.

Fine gilt hands.

CASE : A beautiful gold case in good condition.

Gold highlighted with rope twist borders, green enamel leaves and split pearls to the back border. A central panel consists of a beautiful polychrome enamel scene showing a girl at the alter.

The hinge is fine and the case itself is in good condition, with just a few light scratches to the enamel. The high dome crystal is fine.

The Vaucher (or Vauchez) family originally came from Fleurier in Switzerland, and produced a large number of skilled watchmakers.

PROVENANCE : From the Masterworks of Time Collection.
This was the very prestigious collection of German billionaire Erivan Haub, who spent 50 years collecting the finest watches from all periods. He died in 2018.