Small gold and enamel quarter-repeating watch (dumb) in almost mint condition, circa 1790/1800.
18ct, or 22ct (not tested), gold case with rope twist band, split pearl bezels and case back with guilloche enamel panel, the pendant possibly with English import hallmark: date letter E - if London, this would be 1800. Typical French fullplate fusee movement with un-crossed repeating train, pierced balance-bridge bearing a steel coquerette, the top plate numbered 8044, but left unnamed for the retailer to add. Verge escapement, brass balance with spiral balance-spring. Roman & Arabic enamel dial with 'tumbling' hour numerals, English style of gold beetle & poker hands. Only 36.5 mm diameter.
Of standard best quality Paris design and layout. Exactly similar watches, both in style and quality, can be found in the book on Jean-Antoine Lepine by Adolphe Chapiro. NB. Twisting the pendant opens the front bezel, another strong sign that this is the work of Lepine.
The dial with some original blemishes, otherwise in almost mint original condition showing only very few minor marks of use - the enamel plaque has not been restored. Cleaned for its previous owner and working well, time and repeat, but can be freshly serviced if wanted.
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