Swiss gold and enamel verge

Stock No. 1709

Breguet
Swiss, c1790
Gold & enamel case, 52 mm.
Verge escapement

Price £2950

A late 18th century, Swiss verge in a beautiful gold and enamel case.

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

Signed ‘Breguet a Paris’.

In good complete condition and running well.

DIAL : A fine, signed white enamel dial.

In good condition, with just a chip on the right hand side of the winding aperture and a short scratch on the edge at 11

Wonderful matching skeleton gold hands.

CASE : A wonderful gold and enamel case, with an enamel panel to the back.

The stem and the bezel are decorated with blue and white enamel borders. The back shows a figure, probably the Roman goddess Minerva, with spear and shield. This plaque is surrounded by a yellow and black enamel border. The case tests as high carat gold.

The gold is in good condition with no significant damage or wear. The enamel is also in good condition, with just some slight wear and scratches, mainly to the centre of the back. Some repairs around the edge of the plaque, visible as a slightly darker colour at the top left and bottom left. Also some repairs to the enamel borders. The crystal is fine.

The hinge is fine and the front cover closes tightly.

Like many watches of this period, it is signed ‘Breguet’ but although a fine quality watch, it is not by Abraham Louis Breguet, and was probably made in Geneva.  The enamel has been tentatively attributed to Jean-Louis Richter, a master enamel painter of Geneva (1766-1841)