- Brand: Jaq Broche, Berlin
- Year: 1660
- Model: Verge watch
- Reference: N/A
- Calibre: N/A
- Movement: Manual
- Material: 18ct yellow gold
- Features/complications: Polychrome enamel painted gold case features a scene depicting Venus and Adonis. The inside back of the case is painted with a pastoral scene showing a fisherman by a lake in the foreground with a village behind. The rounded case sides feature four pastoral scenes interspersed with yellow leaf-form scrolls and bows and signed Huaud Le Puisné or ‘Huaud the first-born’. The protective outer case is covered in leather and decorated with gold piqué work in the form of stylised flower heads and the bezel decorated with further gold pin work. Movement signed Jeremias Kraemer
- Dial: White enamel dial with black outer Arabic numeral minute track with Roman numeral hour markers and gold Louis XV hands with winding aperture at 4 o'clock
- Case dimensions: Inner case 35mm - outer case 42mm in diameter
- Bracelet/strap: N/A
- Accessories: N/A
- Web reference: 1506
Essay: This fine and rare enamel cased verge watch is an exquisite example of the prowess of Swiss enameling from the 17th century. Geneva’s unique geographic location and reputation as a safe haven from religious persecution made it a flourishing centre of trade throughout the 17th-19th centuries with high density of talented goldsmiths, watchmakers and enamellists practicing their trade.
The Huaud (or Huaut) family of Geneva are celebrated for their distinct and beautiful style of enameling, particularly their work in miniatures and watch cases. Their outstanding work is characterized by their rich and varied use of bold colours, in contrast to the pastel shades of contemporary French enamellers in Blois. The enamel cases decorated by the Huaud family are regarded as exceptional works of art in their own right, with examples of their work in the collections of major museums around the world including the Met (New York), the Louvre (Paris) and the V&A (London).
Jean-Pierre Huaud entered a partnership with his brother Ami in 1682, when the brothers moved to Berlin in an attempt to find the support and patronage for their luxury items. In 1686 they were joined by their brother Pierre II, who helped them obtain appointments as enamel painters to Friedrich Wilhelm III (1657-1713) who would become the Duke of Prussia and Elector of Brandenburg, a position they held until their return to Geneva in 1700. The brothers continued working together until the death of Jean-Pierre in 1723 and Ami a year later