Spectacular Rare1800's Skeleton Pocket Watch
This one has been a fun one to research as there is no serial number and only 2 known manufacturers using "Herik" as their hallmark; Arnold Meroz and Henri Vaucher. Those two worked out of Le Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland during the late 1800's. A midst the months of research I have only run across one other of these pocket watches by the same manufacturer. It is a 16 ligne size and has a straight line or inverted lever escapement which was used during that time period. It was also during this time frame Bovet - Fluerier became known for the skeletonized styles being imported to China. Fluerier and Le Chaux-de-Fonds happen to be only 22 miles apart. It is hard to determine which of these men made it or the exact year but, based on the manufacturing going on at that time in Switzerland and the expertise that this piece was created with I am venturing to say one of this gentleman worked with/for the Bovet company. Bovet Fleurier SA is a Swiss brand of luxury watchmakers chartered May 1, 1822 in London, U.K. by Édouard Bovet. It is most noted for its pocket watches manufactured for the Chinese market in the 19th century. Today it produces high-end artistic watches (priced between US $18,000 and $2.5 million) with a style that references its history. The company is known for its high-quality dials (such as the Fleurier Miniature Painting models), engraving, and its seven-day tourbillon. decorative movements.The original Bovet watches were also among the first to emphasize the beauty of their movements with skeletonized views and highly decorated dials. This is a extremely specialized pocket watch and is a prize collectible for the pocket watch enthusiasts.