Bequest of Vladimir M. Eitingon, in memory of his parents, Michail and Betty Eitingon, 1982
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 554
On the back cover of the case is a portrait of the Russian czar Nicholas I (r. 1825–55) in painted enamel, indicating that the watch was probably commissioned as a present to a subject in recognition of loyalty or service. The movement, with separate cocks for the train of wheels, has jeweled end stones, a lever escapement, a temperature-compensated balance wheel, and a keyless stem-winding mechanism. It is a very early example of a stem-winding movement, made by the original partner in the firm that became Patek-Philippe, still in existence in Geneva. The mechanism is the earliest practical one to have been produced in quantity. It was invented by Antoine Norbert de Patek's subsequent partner Jean-Adrien Philippe (1815–1894) and patented in 1845.
Signature: Signed on inside of back cover: CZAPEK/ ET CIE/ A GENEVE
Signed on bridge of going barrel of movement: Czapek & Cie / A GENÈVE/ N 2478
Vladimir M. Eitingon (until 1982; bequeathed to MMA)
Artist: Watchmaker: Jean-Louis Moré (recorded 1810–35)Date: ca. 1830Medium: Case of gold and enamel, with floral design; jeweled movement, with cylinder escapementAccession: 1983.183.3On view in:Gallery 554
Artist: Watchmaker: Firm of Moricand & Degrange (recorded 1828–35)Date: ca. 1835Medium: Case of gold and enamel, with floral design; jeweled movement, with cylinder escapementAccession: 26.267.7On view in:Gallery 554