Art/ Collection/ Art Object


Watchmaker: Charles Bobinet (Swiss, 1610–1678)
probably ca. 1655–60
Swiss, Geneva
Case: agate with enameled golt mounts; Dial: white enamel with gold hand; Movement: gidled brass and partly blued steel
Diameter (case): 1 5/16 in. (3.3 cm); Diameter: 1 1/16 in. (2.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
Not on view
Rock crystal was not the only mineral used for making watchcases in Geneva, and Charles Bobinet was noted for supplying movements for cases made of various kinds of hardstone. The cases often exploited patterns in the stone, as in this example. Equally effective is the pristine white enamel dial, clearly calibrated to show fifteen-minute intervals indicated by the single hand. These dials were derived from the dials of the watches with enameled cases originally developed in France.

[Clare Vincent, 2009]
Signature: Signed on back plate: Charles Bobinet
Carl Heinrich Marfels (until after 1904; sold to Morgan) ; J. Pierpont Morgan (after 1904–17; to MMA)
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