PAUL BUHRE MINUTE REPEATING & PERPETUAL CALENDAR "ILLUMINATI"
Paul Buhre, St. Petersbourg, No. 2257. Made circa 1885.
Very fine and very rare, large, heavy, minute-repeating, 18K yellow gold and silver-mounted,
hunting-cased, keyless pocket watch with perpetual calendar, phases of the moon and lunar
calendar. Accompanied by a bronze serpent-form stand.
Four-body, "bassine et filets", massive, polished, the front cover with a large applied silver foliate
monogram "KM", engraved dedication around the border, the back cover with a large applied
silver skull and crossbones in high-relief, applied silver Masonic/illuminati inscription above and
below. Hinged gold cuvette.
White enamel with radial Roman numerals, outer minute track, subsidiary dials for the date,
days of the week, months and 4-year cycle, seconds, aperture for the moon phases with lunar
calendar at the edge. Gold spade hands.
20''', rhodium-plated, 29 jewels, counterpoised straight-line lever escapement, cut bimetallic
compensation balance with gold timing screws, blued steel Breguet balance spring with overcoil,
index regulator, repeating on gongs activated by a slide on the band.