RELIGIEUSE I. Thuret AParis Ca. 1680
Signed: I. Thuret AParis
Plated movement with verge escapement and cycloidal cheeks. Striking train with numbered count wheel striking the hours and once every half hour on a bell. Count wheel signed I. Thuret AParis. Going and striking train are driven by a barrel.
The wooden arched plate is covered with velvet and has a fire gilt brass chapter ring with engraved, black Roman numerals for the hour-indication, a half hour-indicator, quarter stripes and Arabic numerals for the minutes. The open worked and engraved hands are made of fire gilt brass. The fire gilt plague underneath the dial is inscribed Thuret AParis and has a Chronos figure.
Oak wood case, veneered with ebony and tortoiseshell inlaid brass strips. Glazed front door. Fire gilt brass ornaments, finials and feet.
Duration 8 days
Height 49 cm.
Width 30 cm.
Depth 15 cm.
– Horoglogium, 1658, Christiaan Huygens
– Dictionnaire des Horlogers Français, page 614, Tardy.
– Clocks their Origin and Development, page 810, 994, Drs. H.M. Vehmeyer.
Also spelled Turet. Born before 1649, died 1706. One of the most important French makers: He was clockmaker to King Louis XIV and became Horloger de L’Observatoire de Paris in 1684. He took care of the maintenance of the clocks at the Palais Fontainebleau and, from 1689 to 1694, of the clocks of the Observatoire and the Academie Royale des Sciences. On 22 January 1675 he made the first watches with a balance and balance spring for Huygens, based on the latter’s design. He also made weight-driven clocks with a seconds pendulum, verge escapement and cycloidal cheeks.