As part of the 5th annual Russian Art Auction organized by the Swiss auction house Hôtel des Ventes Genève on December 9th, a very rare H. Moser & Cie. timepiece (lot 456, estimation CHF 30,000-50,000.-) was awarded by auction by auctioneer Bernard Piguet for CHF 107,000. The clock has an H. Moser & Cie  movement, with a double barrel which each wind with a separate key, a highly unique mechanism of an exceptional finish quality.

 

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The H. Moser & Cie. movement has a double barrel, in which each barrel is wound separately, making the movement very special, if not unique.


This exquisite clock, with the signature H. Moser & Cie. visible on the movement, represents the union between two giants in Russian watchmaking. In the twentieth century, Fabergé, "the goldsmith of the Tsars" fitted almost all of their table clocks with H. Moser & Cie calibres. Rare and refined H. Moser & Cie pocket watches and clocks were owned by the greatest princes and members of the Russian Imperial Court. This is one of those creations, from 1908, which was sold at auction by the Hotel des Ventes Genève in Geneva, Switzerland.

 

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The Fabergé desk clock, with an H. Moser & Cie movement.


The desk clock has a round silver-gilt frame and finish in pearl white guilloche enamel (an ice-blue colour), which highlights the enamel dial, black Arabic numerals and rose gold hands with decorative volutes.