Beautiful skeletonized quarter repeating pocket watch by Dubois et Fils.
Diameter is 60mm, height is 74mm, weight is 79 grams.
Switzerland, circa 1790s-1800s.
The watch comes in 18k gold case, dust cover is glass and gilt metal.
The watch is based on unusual flat and skeletonized movement, with inverted repeating train and rare virgule escapement. Virgule escapement was used during short period of time in late XVIII / early XIX centuries, but was quickly replaced by cylinder and lever escapement.
Dubois et Fils (Dubois and Sons) company is mentioned by O. Patrizzi in “Dictionnaier les horlogers Genevois” - the company was active in early 1800s, among others signed watch with centre seconds and double-wheel Debaufre escapement.
Similar pocket watch is being kept in International Museum of Watchmaking in La Chaux de Fonds.
Watch is in running condition, though time keeping is not guaranteed.
The repetition functions correctly.
The dial has multiple hairlines and other minor imperfections.
The case lacks the spring that holds the back cover.
It also has some dings and dents, normal period wear