Fine late Georgian/Regency quarter repeating watch with rare and beautiful dial.
Pink 18 carat (rose) gold engine-turned case hallmarked 1813, casemakers FC/FHB (Frederick Comptesse with Frederick Humbert, a partnership not mentioned by Priestley, but see Grimwade), the gilt cuvette engraved in full for Recordon and with best quality Breguet-style 'pull and twist' repeating plunger within the pendant. Lepine/Breguet-style quarter-repeating movement with two hammers hitting twin polished steel gongs. Cylinder escapement with steel escape. Plain balance with compensation-curb mounted on the index. Engine-turned gold dial with annular enamel hour chapter, an unusual and most beautiful combination, blued-steel Breguet-type hands. 52.5 mm diameter.
Louis Recordon, Charing Cross, London, successor to Josiah Emery, and London agent for the best Paris made watches and movements, including from A-L Breguet, and supplier of many fine watches to the English nobility - see Antiquarian Horology, December 1975, page 551, for a Recordon watch with George 3rd provenance.
NB: This combination of engine-turned and enamel dial is occasionally seen in clocks of the late Georgian period, but I cannot remember an earlier of better use of the combination on a watch dial, and I can find hardly any other examples at all. The engine-turned gold, white enamel chapter ring and blued-steel hands is a rich and, I think, exquisite combination. The firm of Breguet used the combination in two or three à tact dials in the 1820's and Nicole Nielsen resurrected the style in two or three minute repeaters they supplied to the London firm of Dent a hundred years later.
This most rare watch showing a few of the expected signs of use, just a minor chip and a few small scratches in the enamel dial and some in its engine-turned centre. Otherwise lacking two of three small movement mounting screws but generally in fine original condition. Serviced and guaranteed.
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