SWISS TRAVELLING MINIATURE NEUCHATELOISE Les Frères Wiss à Genève Ca. 1790
TRAVELLING MINIATURE NEUCHATELOISE
Signed: Les Frères Wiss à Genève
The spring-driven brass movement consists of going and striking trains, as well as alarm. The going train has a chain fusee and verge escapement with vertical hairspring balance with a pierced balance clock and a silvered regulation disc. The ’petite sonnerie’ striking is regulated by a count wheel indicating the hours on one bell and every quarter hour the quarters on two bells. In addition the clock has pull repeat, the cord being on the left-hand side.
The circular white enamel dial has a black Roman chapter ring with Arabic five-minute and minute division. The time is indicated by a fine pair pierced and engraved gilded brass hands . The dial is protected by a convex glass set in a gilt brass bezel.
The waisted brass Neuchâteloise case has a pierced back in the shape of a sunburst motif, which functions as a sound fret for the bell sound and the alarm. The front of the case is embellished with engraved floral and leaf motifs. The maker has signed the clock Le Frères Wiss à Genève. The alarm is wound in the left bottom corner at the front. The case rests on four feet and is surmounted by a brass carrying handle.
*Duration 1 day.
Height 20 cm.
Width 12.5 cm.
Depth 9.5 cm.
Price € 13800
J. Abeler, Meister der Uhrmacherkunst, Wuppertal, 2010, p. 605.
The brothers Jacob and Pierre-Isaac Wiss were active as clockmakers in Geneva from 1760 to 1775 and produced both clocks and watches. In 1775 the brothers came into contact with Abraham Amalric and founded the company “Wiss Frères & Amalric”.