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Le Phare 14k Solid 585 Gold Swiss Cased Minute Repeater Chronograph Pocket Watch

£4,495.00 Regular Price
£3,820.75Sale Price

A RARE 14k Solid Rose / Pink Gold Swiss Cased 585

Le Phare Full Hunter

With "Exhibition" Internal Case. 

Minute Repeater Chronograph 

"Controle return" Centre seconds 

 

Grand Complications Pocket Watch 

 

Circa 1912 

 

 

 Key-less Pocket Watch has a beautiful 14 Karat Rose Gold hunting case. The watch has mechanical wind movement. The dial is in white enamel with black painted Arabic numerals and a seconds sub-dial at 6 o'clock. The inner case has The Infamous Swiss Squirrel (14k) and Crown Stamps on the one side. There are emblems and the engraving,

 

 "Membre du Jury Chronographe Repetition a Minutes Tempora" on the other side of the case.

  • Description

    Big Ben's bongs have been silenced as part of a controversial renovation plan that will stop it ringing out for up to four years.

    If you are affected by this Dont worry! we are here to fill in that audible Horological needs and we can do it by the minute. After all minutes are important. "Time is Money" (well it certainly is if your timepiece is made out of money...) 

     

    "Time is Money" Benjamin Franklin

     

    "Remember that time is money. He that can earn ten shillings a day by his labour, and goes abroad, or sits idle one half of that day, though he spends but sixpence during his diversion or idleness, it ought not to be reckoned the only expense; he hath really spent or thrown away five shillings besides."

     

    Benjamin Franklin: Said in 1748 in an essay titled "Advice to a Young Tradesman".

     

     

     

    The Complications 

    A repeater is a complication in a mechanical watch or clock that audibly chimes the hours and often minutes at the press of a button. 

     

    A chronograph is a specific type of watch that is used as a stopwatch combined with a display watch. A basic chronograph has an independent sweep second hand; it can be started, stopped, and returned to zero by successive pressure on the stem.

     

    "Controle return" Centre seconds A purely aesthetic touch with the addition of an opposing spring on the centre seconds recorder the seconds hand instead of "jumping" to return returns speedily but gradually a very pleasing touch indeed.

     

     

    THE CASE

    A HUGE size 31s Sized pocket watch thats 55.7mm (excluding buttons) 59mm (inclusive) 80mm case base to bow tip. 

    And with a weight of approximately 120 grams  this is a hefty piece of horological "Bling" 

     

    The Case is Triple Hinged front case is "Push Button" opening operated by pressing the button located on the wider. 

    Case front is handsomely engraved with the monogram "NP" this is exceptionally well done by a clear master craftsman of engine turned engraving. 

     

    Likewise the case back is adorned with franklin's quote "Time is Money" this is equally well done. 

     

    On the inside and outer dust cover "Membre du Jury Chronographe Repetition a Minutes Tempora"

    Beneath this is an additional 3rd layer covering the movement visible under the bezel mounter secondary savonette crystal. Just like the case front. 

     

    THE DIAL 

    Mint condition enamel dial, a handsome all arabic numeral dial with heavily detailed track seconds and subsidiary dial at 6. 

    Pure brilliant porcelain white and tet black detail

    Fancy Gold Louis XV hands and tempered steel teardrop tailed centre seconds hand. 

     

    THE MOVEMENT 

     

    A superb minute repeater Chronograph movement Le Phare Were a company renowned for their manufactures of complications movements Primarily Repeaters and repeater chronographs but also moon phases and other complications 

    Used by many famous houses Not least in Audemars Freres Repeater pocket watches. 

     

    minute repeater

    repeater: pusher, 2 hammers on spiral gongs, centrifugal regulator

    chronograph,

     60s, with controlled return seconds 

     pillar Column wheel chronograph

    stem wind and lever pin set

    sub second

    monometallic screw balance,

     Breguet hairspring