CARRIAGE CLOCK WITH STOPWATCH Auguste A Paris 9122 Circa 1880 France
CARRIAGE CLOCK WITH STOPWATCH
Signed and numbered: Auguste A Paris 9122
The spring-driven brass movement consists of going and striking trains. The going train has lever platform escapement with hairspring balance and regulation. The rack striking indicates the hours fully on a bell and the half hours with one stroke. It can be repeated at will by pressing a button on top of the clock. The movement has a stopwatch-function. The seconds hand of the right-hand dial can be stopped by a button on the right-hand side of the case, while the hand on the left-hand dial keeps on running. In this way a time interval can be read. When the button is activated again, the two seconds hands are running simultaneously again. The movement is signed at the top of the backplate in the following manner: Auguste A Paris.
The rectangular white enamel dial has three chapter rings. The larger dial is for the time indication and has Roman hour numerals with five-minute and minute divisions. The time is indicated by a pair of finely cut blued steel ‘Breguet’ hands. The two subsidiary dials with each Arabic numerals and a blued steel hand indicate the seconds, the right-hand one being able to be stopped for the stopwatch. The dial is signed Auguste A Paris.
The gilt brass ‘gorge’ case has bevelled glass on all sides, so that the movement is visible. The top also has a bevelled glass, through which the platform escapement with its regulation can be seen. Here are also the repetition button, the stopwatch button and the carrying handle. There is a glazed backdoor which gives access to the winding arbors, regulation and hands setting. The gong is mounted on the back plate. The bottom of the case has six circular holes, which serve as sound apertures. The maker has signed the clock here as well as numbered: Auguste 9122.
The accompanying leather-covered travelling case has an aperture at the front so that the dial is visible when the clock is in its case. It can be opened at the top and is numbered 9122 on the front. The case has a leather carrying band.
Duration: 1 week
Height: 17.5 cm.
Width: 9.5 cm.
Depth: 8.5 cm.
Height: 16 cm.
Width: 12 cm.
Depth: 11.5 cm.
Tardy, Dictionnaire des Horlogers Français, Paris, 1971, p. 17
François Auguste was active as a clockmaker at his place at the Rue du Grand Prieuré, Paris around 1880.