EXCEPTIONAL AUCTION PIECE FOR H. MOSER & CIE. AND FABERGÉ
Neuhausen am Rheinfall, December 9th, 2014
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 to an exceptionally high price. This desk clock by Fabergé was sold for the final price of CHF 107,000 to a private collector. A refined piece, 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. Certainly a memorable gift to celebrate for the new owner of this object!
H. Moser & Cie. makes Fabergé’s heart beat! This exquisite clock, with the signature H. Moser & Cie. visible on the movement, represents the union between two giants in Russian watchmaking: the perfect synthesis of technology and aesthetics. 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. 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. The H. Moser & Cie. movement has a double barrel, in which each barrel is wound separately, making the movement very special, if not unique.
Today, H. Moser & Cie. cultivates the spirit of its founder. Similar to the movement in this Fabergé desk clock, H. Moser & Cie. watches have manufacture movements, most with a double barrel, and are known for their ingenious features. The attention to detail and elegant finish to today’s movements also pays tribute to the craft and tradition observed during the era of Heinrich Moser.
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A Russian silver-gilt and ice-blue guilloché enamel circular desk clock by Fabergé, master goldsmith Henrik Wigström, movement H. Moser & Cie., St. Petersburg 1908.