Case: agate with enameled golt mounts; Dial: white enamel with gold hand; Movement: gilded brass and partly blued steel
Diameter (case): 1 5/16 in. (3.3 cm); Diameter: 1 1/16 in. (2.7 cm)
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
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.
Signature: Signed on back plate: Charles Bobinet
Carl Heinrich Marfels (until after 1904; sold to Morgan) ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (after 1904–17; to MMA)
Artist: Watchmaker: Lambertus Vrythoff (recorded 1724–69)Date: case ca. 1645, movement ca. 1750Medium: Case and dial: enameled gold; Movement: gilded brass and steel, partly bluedAccession: 17.190.1413On view in:Gallery 532