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BALLOONING SCENE THREE COLOUR GOLD VERGE – Circa 1785

Signed Vauchez a Paris
Circa 1785
Diameter 45 mm
Depth 10 mm

Original price was: £3,200.00.Current price is: £2,720.00.

This exquisite timepiece is an extraordinary late 18th-century French verge watch. Encased in a stunning three-color gold consular case, the watch tells a story through its intricate design. On the back of the case, a captivating scene unfolds, depicting two figures in a classical garden, waving to a balloon soaring through the sky. This imagery harks back to the historic moment in late 1783 when the first manned flight in a hot air balloon took place in Paris.

Crafted by the esteemed watchmaker Daniel Vauchez of Paris, this timepiece is a testament to his skill and artistry. The full plate gilt fusee movement ensures precise timekeeping, while the finely pierced and engraved bridge cock with a steel coqueret adds a touch of elegance. The watch features a silver regulator dial and a white enamel dial with Arabic numerals, complemented by Breguet hands in gilded gold.

This watch was created shortly after the groundbreaking hot air balloon flight, making it a possible tribute to this historic achievement. Its intricate design and stunning gold decorations encapsulate the spirit of the time, serving as a reminder of humanity's quest for exploration and innovation. With its rich history and exceptional craftsmanship, this timepiece is truly a treasure to behold.

Signed Vauchez a Paris
Circa 1785
Diameter 45 mm
Depth 10 mm