Swiss Pocket Watch | Art Nouveau Enamel Case Pocket Watch | Hunting
Manufacturer: Supremo; Country: Switzerland; Type: Man's;
Circa Date: 1895
Style: Open Face.
Material: .800 Silver with black Niello Enamel background and Rose Gold inlaid.
Decorations: Hunter with Pointer Dog. On the dust cover you will notice
Universal Exhibition Medals. Universal Exhibitions were World's fairs
originating in the French tradition of national exhibitions, a tradition that
culminated with the French Industrial Exposition of 1844 held in Paris. This
fair was soon followed by other national exhibitions in continental Europe, and
eventually the United Kingdom. Many of the dust covers on Pocket Watches from
the 1900s exhibit the Universal Exhibitions Awards Medals.
Conditions: Strong condition with only minor or slight flaws. Small case rim
bruised or some very minor dents.
Conditions: D 3 (The dial is in Very Good condition)
Jewels: 15 Jewels.
Setting: Stem Set.
Escapement: Lever Escapement
Layout: 3/4 Plate Layout
Conditions: M 3 (The movement is in Very Good condition)
The niello watch case became a canvas for outstanding art works that will likely
never be duplicated. The term niello comes from the Latin word nigellum that is
the diminutive of niger (black.) It was a technique used by the ancient Greeks,
Romans, Egyptians and Persians. Niello is a black or blackish-blue composition
of lead, silver, copper, sulfur and ammonium chloride. The mixture is fused onto
an engraved or cut-out metal base by firing the mix in a process similar to
champleve' enameling. Silver was the most often used metal for niello objects
since the soft white silver color contrasted beautifully with the darker niello.
Rose-gold inlay work was also seen in combination with niello and tri-color
effects were achieved by the use of rose-gold, niello and silver. When the
niello was heated and fired onto a silver watch case, it actually fused with the
silver very strongly, almost as if it were soldered in place. The niello would
be filled, finished and polished, leaving the surface of the watch case smooth
and flat. One can readily assume that the process of engraving the areas which
were to be filled with niello, the firing stages, and the finishing stages were
very time consuming and therefore costly. Aside from the production end, the
niello cases also had to be designed by artists who would pre-determine the
subject matter and then the cases were finished by engravers who produced the