CIRCA: 1930
CASE MATERIAL: 18K white gold & pink gold
DIAL: Silvered
FUNCTIONS: Wandering hours, jump hours

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The present watch is distinguished by its excellent original overall condition.

This "heures sautantes" or jumping hour watch is a fine specimen of this epitome of Art Deco style, utilizing the system patented by Swiss watchmaker Robert Cart around 1925.

The first jump hour pocket watches appeared in the early 19th century but became particularly fashionable during the Art Deco period. Their simplistic layout, displaying the actual hour and minutes and, more rarely, the calendar indications through small apertures, harmonized perfectly with the purely decorative Art Deco style, seen as elegant, functional, and ultra-modern. During the "Roaring Twenties", pocket and wristwatches fitted with this unusual display were made by the most eminent makers, notably including Breguet, Audemars Piguet, Cartier and Patek Philippe. Finding one from Gubelin is exceedingly rare.
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