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A COLLECTION OF UNIQUE

INTERESTING 

AND ORIGINAL PIECES

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Watch repair by S.Paris 1930 2

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« LA RÉPARATION EN HORLOGERIE »

BY S. PARIS

1930

 

Superb reference work by S. Paris, 1st Prix E. H.P. 1927 and head of the Atelier régleur at Leroy et Cie, covering chapter after chapter the rules of watch repair in the 1930s.

Foreword by André Donat, General Manager of the Besançon watchmaking industry technical center, from which the following extract is taken:

No wonder the layman considers his watch to be the most marvellous of mechanics, and Sacha Guitry wrote that "among the thousand little masterpieces of nature, there is none more mysteriously complicated or prettier than it".

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Certina multifaceted dial ca 1970

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WATCH

CERTINA

MULTIFACETED

CA. 1970

 

In 1906, the Kurth brothers launched a brand for their own watches: "Grana", the abbreviation of "Granacus", which is the Latin name of Grenchen. The quality of this timepiece was immediately acclaimed and earned it several awards. In the 1920s, Erwin and Hans, the sons of Alfred Kurth, joined the company and brought it through the world economic crisis.

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JAEGER-LECOULTRE CATALOG CA. 1960 7

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JAEGER-LECOULTRE

CATALOG

CA. 1960

 

In 1937, after several years of a flourishing partnership instigated by Antoine LeCoultre and Edmond Jaeger, the Jaeger-LeCoultre brand name was officially adopted.

This collaboration gave birth to a number of well-known watchmaking classics, including the Atmos clock, the Reverso, the Memovox alarm watch and the Polaris, to name but a few.

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Herman Miller catalog 1964 7

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CATALOG

HERMAN MILLER

1964

 

By the middle of the 20th century, the Herman Miller name had become synonymous with "modern" furniture. In 1930, Mr. De Pree began by hiring designer Gilbert Rohde, who designed the brand's first showroom in Chicago, marking the beginning of a period of modern, problem-solving design.

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Original lithograph poster Max Bill 1979 5

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MAX BILL

1979

ORIGINAL LITHOGRAPH

 

Max Bill, a multi-talented artist, was among other things a painter, sculptor, designer, architect and graphic artist. In the early 20s, he studied at the Zürich School of Applied Arts, where he trained as a goldsmith.

After a lecture by Le Corbusier, he enrols at the Bauhaus in Dessau. He studied with Josef Albers, Oskar Schlemmer, painters Paul Klee, Vassily Kandinsky, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and architect Hannes Meyer. At the Bauhaus school, he studied constructivism, which he decided to reappropriate by including geometry and mathematical principles. It was during this period that these two disciplines came to play an important role in his creative process. I think it's possible to develop an art based largely on mathematical thinking", he says.

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Girard-Perregaux Vermeil Ca.1970

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GIRARD PERREGAUX

VERMEIL

CA. 1970

 

Girard-Perregaux is a Swiss watch manufacturer located in La Chaux-de-Fonds, whose origins date back to 1791.

Jean-François Bautte, who first learned the trade of case assembler, then became successively guilloche maker, watchmaker and goldsmith, signed his first watches in 1791, at the age of 19.

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Antiquorum puzzle Patek Philippe

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ANTIQUORUM

PUZZLE

"THE GRAND COMPLICATION

PATEK PHILIPPE

 

Antiquorum puzzle entitled "La grande complication" designed by Nicole Sabrier in 1993.

The renowned Antiquorum auction house was founded in Geneva in 1974 by Osvaldo Patrizzi, and has branches in a dozen cities, including New York, London, Moscow, Paris, Milan, Munich, Shanghai and Tokyo.

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Ernest Borel Discovolante watch ca 1960

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ERNEST BOREL

"DISCO VOLANTE

CA. 1960

 

Ernest Borel's history can be traced back to 1856, when Jules Borel began producing watches near Neuchâtel in Switzerland. Borel and his brother-in-law, Paul Courvoisier, founded the Borel & Courvoisier Company in 1859 and began exporting watches and clocks the following year.

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Eterna-matic Golfer Solid Sterling Silver Ca 1960

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ETERNA-MATIC

"GOLFER

CA. 1960

 

The "Golfer" was a pocket watch designed primarily for golfers, but also for all sportsmen and women who wanted to avoid excessive shock damage to their wristwatches. Here we present a rare version of the Eterna-Matic "Golfer", in sterling silver.

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WITTNAUER WATCH GUILLOCHE DIAL CIRCA 1960

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WATCH

WITTNAUER

GUILLOCHED DIAL

CIRCA 1960

 

Wittnauer products have been widely used in scientific expeditions and exploration, and were, along with Longines movements, one of the three contenders for the first mission to the moon with Omega Speedmaster and Rolex Daytona.

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Juvenia watch J.W. Benson Circa 1940

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JUVENIA

J.W. BENSON

LONDON

CIRCA 1940

 

A rare watch stamped and sold by the prestigious firm of J.W. Benson which was one of the most respected watchmakers in London during the second half of the 19th century and was one of the very few wristwatch houses owned by English rather than Swiss.

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Universal Genève electric clock circa 1960

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ELECTRIC CLOCK

UNIVERSAL GENÈVE

CIRCA 1960

 

An elegant and absolutely rare Universal Genève table clock.

Along with neighboring Genève-based companies Audemars Piguet, Girard-Perregaux, Patek Philippe and Rolex, Universal is internationally recognized for its style of craftsmanship and manufacturing. 

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ZENITH SQUARE DIAL LINEN CIRCA 1960

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ZENITH

SQUARE DIAL LINEN

CIRCA 1960

 

Zenith is synonymous with precision, but also with innovation and design. Here is a very elegant and minimalist example.

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Longines Tire Key Chain Watch Circa 1950

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WATCH

TIRE KEY RING

LONGINES

CIRCA 1950

 

Longines has a dual activity as a watch manufacturer and sports timekeeper. Indeed, the company has been, and still is, a major player in sports-related activities.

The article presented here is a perfect example of this, especially in the field of motorsports.

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UNIVERSAL GENÈVE

J.W.BENSON LONDON

AUTOMATIC

CIRCA 1953

 

A rare watch stamped and sold by the prestigious firm J.W. Benson who was one of the most respected watchmakers in London during the second half of the 19th century.

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Universal Genève J.W. Benson London automatic circa 1953
ETERNA-MATIC 2002 - ECY Gallery

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ETERNA-MATIC 2002

MOSAIC DIAL 

CIRCA 1970

 

On November 7, 1856, Josef Girard, a doctor, and Urs Schild, a teacher, founded the "Dr. Girard & Schild" sketching workshop, renamed "Eterna" a few decades later.

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SARCAR CLOCK Genève CIRCA 1950 - ECY Gallery 1

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CLOCK

SARCAR GENÈVE

CIRCA 1950

 

Carlo Sarzano founded Sarcar in Genève in 1948 and is still active today.

Carlo had worked for many years for the most prestigious Swiss brands and was a representative of these great brands for Italy and Spain.

Carlo Sarzano, however, had other ambitions.

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ECY Gallery - Zenith Pilot automatic circa 1960

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ZENITH PILOT

AUTOMATIC

CIRCA 1960

 

Founded over a century ago at the dawn of the first air flights, Zenith's watchmaking heritage is unrivalled in the world of aviation. The brand created the very first "Pilot" watch, a term it patented in 1904, becoming the only watchmaker authorized to engrave "Pilot" on its dials.

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UNIQUE

ILLUMINATED SIGN

UNIVERSAL GENÈVE

CIRCA 1960

 

Unique on the market, very rare luminous advertising sign which certainly decorated the window of a watchmaker or retailer of the famous brand Universal Genève.

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Unique illuminated sign Universal Genève circa 1960
ECY Gallery - Zenith Camerer & Cuss London 1959

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ZENITH

CAMERER & CUSS

LONDON

1959

 

Absolutely rare, even unique on the market, rare Zenith watch stamped and sold by Camerer Cuss & co London.

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Extremely rare Universal Genève Henrique Pfeffer Caracas circa 1940

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RARISSIME

UNIVERSAL GENÈVE

HENRIQUE PFEFFER

CARACAS

CIRCA 1940

 

Universal Genève watch, sold by the famous jeweler Henrique Pfeffer in Caracas, Venezuela.

In the 1950s, the Universal Geneve brand was represented in more than 40 countries, including Venezuela, where the current watch was retailed.

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Universal Genève Unisonic Date circa 1970

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UNIVERSAL GENÈVE

UNISONIC DATE

CIRCA 1970

 

"The first man has arrived on the Moon!

You will read this sentence tomorrow! More exactly in 1970 - if all goes well! So, you can be three years ahead of the man who will be the first to lunarize. He will be equipped with a tuning fork watch - of the same type as the Unisonic - but under a pressurized capsule. And this man will be very concerned. Not about his watch, of course. No one will notice it up there. So you have a chance he won't have: you can make your wrist the center of conversations!"

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Book Watch history of the modern wrist watch Pieter Doensen

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WATCH BOOK

THE HISTORY OF
THE MODERN WRIST WATCH

PIETER DOENSEN

 

 

"WATCH is an important book covering the technical and historical development of the modern wristwatch. 

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ECY Gallery -Universal Genève Rectangular Circa 1970

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UNIVERSAL GENÈVE

RECTANGULAR

CIRCA 1970

 

Superb example of a model of the Universal Genève brand.

Indeed, it is not common to see this type of box at home.

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