MM 64.6142/001 – Ovale Tourbillon

5″ x 6″ x 4″

  • Made in Switzerland
  • Carousel Tourbillon escapement, 8 days, 15 jewel, cal.1881T
  • Time and strike, with repeater and alarm
  • Calendar function with sub dials for day, date, and moonphase
  • Gold plated, traditional carriage clock
  • Limited edition of 88 pieces by L’Epée
  • The first authentic carriage clock was made in Paris at the start of the 19th Century, by Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823).

    Carriage clocks are also known in France as “Officer’s Clocks.” The name is based on an historical anecdote. It is said that Napoleon, having almost lost a battle because one of his officers was late, ordered his military chiefs to carry a small clock with them at all times. Orders placed with master clockmakers always included the reference “a clock for an officer” and this brought the name into common parlance.

    Original Carriage Clocks, such as this one, include a jeweled platform escapement visible through the beveled glass on top. The escapement was placed this way so that the clock would continue to keep time while it was bounced around in a carriage with wooden wheels in the 19th Century.

    L’Epée has decided to strengthen one of the firm’s key area of expertise that has made the company famous over the years by designing and developing one of the complications most sought after by connoisseurs: a “Carousel” type Tourbillon. In this type of complication, the balance and spring and the escapement are housed within a carriage of which the rotation axis coincides with the center of the escapement and performs one complete turn per minute. This finely tuned carriage contains a poising weight and its rotation is driven by the barrel via a classic gear train.

    These carriage clocks are gold plated with the traditional, platform-mounted jeweled escapement. Each carriage clock comes with an upholstered-interior presentation box and gold key. These clocks are collector’s items and heirloom pieces for generations to come. Each one is a fine work of art. There are only a few available. These clocks were made BY HAND in Switzerland.

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