DIAMOND SET VISIBLE BALANCE PENDANT WATCH – early 19th Century
Presented here is an exquisite and unique Swiss pendant watch from the early 19th century. The watch features a visible diamond set balance in a shield-shaped case made of gold and enamel, with a slender bar supporting a diamond endstone and a four-arm balance bearing four small diamonds. The balance appears above a blue steel ground decorated with a polished steel cross, with a small white enamel dial showing Arabic numerals and blue steel hands. The balance and dial are framed by a blue and white champleve enamel mask bearing two serpents. A rock crystal cabochon serves to protect the dial and balance.
This particular watch is made even more exceptional thanks to the full plate cylinder movement, which follows the form of the case and is very slender. The front and back borders of the case are set with graduated diamonds of varying cuts, with a diamond set gold bow completing the luxurious look. The hinged gold back is decorated with polychrome enamel floral designs over a translucent dark blue enamel engine turned ground. The watch comes with a small red morocco presentation box, and a slender gold key set with three diamonds, with the top reflecting the shape of the case.
Overall, this is a very rare and attractive piece of watchmaking history that is sure to appeal to collectors and enthusiasts alike.
Dimensions 21 x 33 mm