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    Bovet à Fleurier (Attributed) A Highly Important Superior Quality Gold And Enamel Center Seconds Pocket Watch For The Chinese Market, circa 1830
    Case: large two body case in 18k gold, 62 mm diameter, back cover with a first quality painted Venus and Cupid scene with translucent blue enamel over a sunburst guilloche, bezels and back edge with a repeated pattern of champleve enameled blue, white and red flowers
    Dial: white enamel with Roman numerals, blued spade hands
    Movement: gilded movement fully engraved in the manner of Ed. Vuillemin, full jeweled to the center wheel, diamond end stone in a highly polished blued steel setting, bi-metallic three arm balance with three horn-shaped counter weights, flat blued steel balance spring, free standing barrel with blued steel stop works, long steel lateral lever, steel escape wheel
    Edouard Bovet born in Fleurier, Switzerland in 1797, son of a local master-watchmaker, Jean-Frédéric Bovet. Edouard had four brothers, Frédéric, Alphonse, Gustave, Charles-Henri, and a sister, Caroline. In 1814 Edouard Bovet is against Neuchâtel's return to Prussian rule after the fall of Napoleon. After his apprenticeship, he leaves Fleurier with Alphonse and Frédéric to work as a watchmaker in London -then the centre of Europe's watch trade and manufacture. 1818 Edouard Bovet's employer, the Magniac company, sends him to Canton, the only Chinese port open to Western the market potential and asking him to send more watches, but only of the very best quality, since this was where the demand lay and there was no difficulty about payment. Since 1822 Bovet, now living in Canton, founds a partnership company for the China watch trade with his two brothers in London, Alphonse and Frédéric, and his third brother Gustave, watchmaker in Fleurier. The charter of the company is drawn up in London on May 1. Business booms, and the company quickly transfers production to Fleurier. Only very few of these enamel ornaments have survived the years undamaged - this makes a watch in its original condition like this one even more precious.


    播威 Fleurier系列 極重要絕佳高品質黃金、琺瑯中心秒針懷錶。中國市場用。年份約1830年。
    著名的瑞士鐘錶品牌 - 播威的創始人Edward Bovet(愛德華·播威)於1797年出生於瑞士Fleurier (弗勒里耶),他是當地製表大師Jean-Frederic Bovet的兒子,有四個兄弟Frederic,Alphonse,Gustave,Charles-Henri及一個姊妹Caroline。 1814年,在拿破崙淪陷後,他反對納沙泰爾重執普魯士統治,因此他在學徒期完結後,便離開家鄉,與他的其中兩位兄弟Alphonse和Frederic一起在歐洲鐘錶貿易和製造的中心的倫敦擔任製表師。


    Condition Report*: Type: Bovet à Fleurier (Attributed) A Highly Important Superior Quality Gold And Enamel Center Seconds Pocket Watch For The Chinese Market, circa 1830
    Model: attributed to Bovet à Fleurier
    Dial: enamel, Roman numerals
    Hands: blued steel
    Metal: 18k gold
    Case #: marked with numbers 626 and 1640 inside case back
    Case Info: two body, spring loaded back
    Case Width: 62 mm
    Crystal: glass
    Watch Movement: gilded movement fully engraved in the manner of Ed. Vuillemin, full jeweled to the center wheel, diamond end stone in a highly polished blued steel setting, bi-metallic three arm balance with three horn-shaped counter weights, flat blued steel balance spring, free standing barrel with blued steel stop works, long steel lateral lever, steel escape wheel
    Condition: case is exceptional in all aspects and quite possibly the finest conditioned example in existence, movement is good, running, cleaning recommended, dial is superb.
    *Heritage Auctions strongly encourages in-person inspection of items by the bidder. Statements by Heritage regarding the condition of objects are for guidance only and should not be relied upon as statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty, or assumption of liability by Heritage. All lots offered are sold "AS IS".

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    December, 2018
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