Height

8.5 cms.

Case

The rectangular case with turquoise blue floral enamel side panels centred by guilloche sky blue cartouche reserves with raised white enamel borders and figures of Cupid. The conforming top panel centred by a floral spray and with moonstone repeat button, the front with cartouche frame around a milled bezel, the plain back with shuttered winding holes and stamped JTC together with the number 8346 and Argent / 0.935 and town stamp for Berne, raised on a Rose quartz plinth.

Original gilt-tooled leather travel case, the silk lining with concealed compartment for the winding key.

Dial

Oval silvered dial with black Arabic numerals being signed for the retailer Von Kempen Begeer, with engine turned centre and blued steel hands.

Movement

single barrel spring driven movement with gilt platform, plunge minute repeat on two steel gongs with two hammers, the backplate stamped Nocturne.

Duration

7 days.

Provenance

With the decline of the French carriage clock industry the Swiss produced a number of superb traveling clocks of which this is a particularly fine example.

Christies 2002.

Private collection UK.

Comparative Literature

Derek Roberts, Carriage and Other Travelling Clocks.