A surprising find!

Very intriguing discovery on the back of this superbly engraved V&C pocket watch from 1879 surprise

A surprising find!

A surprising find!
Very cool Dean. Can you tell from the reverse side if it is stamped
08/02/2012 - 06:21
and finished or simply hand relief ? It is these nice surprises in watch collecting that not only create great joy but seem to connect back to the watch artisans, bringing us all together in appreciation--their gift to the future, our recognition of the past. Thanks for sharing Buddy. Best to all, Tim
Lovely sentiments Tim
08/02/2012 - 18:04
Thanks for that wonderful expression on the fraternity of collecting laugh.  This type of engraved case is all hand-work.  My understanding of the process is that firstly the monogram is outlined into the thick gold cover, then a rose-engine is applied to create the radiating guilloche pattern.  Finally, the artisan returns to the monogram with hand tools to chase and bevel the intricate foliate design...all in a package only 36mm across heart.
love the attention to detail!
08/02/2012 - 12:11
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08/02/2012 - 18:12
Finding the minutely engraved Maltese Cross (its not even recognizable until magnified) of this watch from 1879 was the real surprise!  It wasn't until 1880 that this symbol was officially registered as a V&C trademark...one wonders if this demonstration of the guillocher's skill was an inside joke or special for the intended customer?
kind of reminds me of the centrepeatal regulator on Cal 2755, the
08/02/2012 - 18:38
constructors decided to shape the underside in the form of a Maltese cross...and not tell anyone about it. We discovered the shape when we started shooting the Cal 2755 book!
Ah, an amusing secret
08/02/2012 - 21:27
These little indications of company pride are wonderful yes
The hidden Maltese cross in the guillochéd dial...
08/02/2012 - 21:56
...of the Toedo also comes to mind. It can only be seen when the dial is side-lit. Very inventive, those VC folks! yes JB
remeber this bespoke Overseas? The dial also has a subtle Maltese
08/03/2012 - 12:03
cross guillochage photo courtesy of Paul Boutros
OMG, never saw that before :-0 nt
08/03/2012 - 17:37
nt
Very nice, Alex
08/03/2012 - 17:51
You know, having one or more of the designers to speak at the SIHH dinner would be a great idea, n'est-ce pas?  Josephcheeky
Re: remeber this bespoke Overseas? The dial also has a subtle Maltese
08/03/2012 - 18:32
Very nice.  Do you have a link to the previous discussion of this bespoke Overseas?  I'm interested to read more about it and see more pictures!
Re: Re: remeber this bespoke Overseas? The dial also has a subtle Maltese
08/03/2012 - 20:05
Many different discussions on this piece, just use the search function and type Overseas cabinotier
And from the front...
08/03/2012 - 05:52
Somewhat unusual demi-bassine case with inlaid dark blue enamel numbers and minute track.