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Jean-Antoine Lepine Rose Gold Ruby Cylinder French – Circa 1780

Creator: Jean-Antoine Lepine
Case Material: Rose Gold
Place of Origin: France
Period: Late 18th Century
Date of Manufacture: 1770 / 80’s
Condition: Excellent

Original price was: £8,830.00.Current price is: £6,620.00.

The Lepine Oversized Open Faced Pocket Watch is a remarkable piece of horology crafted by one of the most influential watchmakers of the 18th century, Jean-Antoine Lepine. This particular model, made from 18Kt. Rose Gold, dates back to the late 1770s, and boasts an impressively large diameter of 59mm.

Lepine was not only a master watchmaker but also a scientist, and is credited with many inventions that advanced the field of watchmaking. As a mentor to Abraham Louis Breguet, he had a profound influence on the future of the industry. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Lepine was friends with many historical figures, including Voltaire and several European dignitaries.

The design of this pocket watch is classic and elegant with a cream-colored enamel dial, Roman numerals, and solid gold spade and pointer hands. The original ruby cylinder escapement, which is in excellent condition, adds to the timepiece's value and historical significance. This watch is not only a testament to Lepine's craftsmanship but also a cherished piece of American history, as George Washington himself was said to have ordered a similar model after seeing Thomas Jefferson's purchase for James Madison. It's easy to imagine Washington wearing this watch during the tumultuous times of the Revolutionary War. Overall, the Lepine Oversized Open Faced Pocket Watch is a stunning example of craftsmanship and historical significance.

Creator: Jean-Antoine Lepine
Case Material: Rose Gold
Place of Origin: France
Period: Late 18th Century
Date of Manufacture: 1770 / 80's
Condition: Excellent