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    Lepine II movement with everything in a stolen sailors case

    Usually I loathe the big Gold melt and it makes me sad. On the other side it allows me to hold this little treasure within my hands (4,9 cm diameter/1,3 cm tall with the bullseye glas)

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    If you look on the dial it is excellently made

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    The movement is a feast for the eyes

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    Here a detail picture of the nice designed balance part with parachute and compensation of temperature and the duplex escapement

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    THis movement is obviously french or swiss orgin and build in the first half of the nineteenth century.

    I hope you enjoy it as I do
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    Re: Lepine II movement with everyrhing in a stolen sailors case

    Now that is very nice indeed! Photos like these tempt me to expand my collection into areas that I have yet to explore!
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    Re: Lepine II movement with everyrhing in a stolen sailors case

    Lovely, great quality.
    That dial could nearly be Breguet.
    Thanks for posting it
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    Re: Lepine II movement with everyrhing in a stolen sailors case

    That is a pare-chute right?

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    Re: Lepine II movement with everyrhing in a stolen sailors case

    Yes, its in french the pare-chute shockprotection developed 1790 by Breguet and used untll something around 1850 by french and swiss watchmakers. Afterwards you usually only found the bimetalic compensation balance out of this region. The therm "parachute" is commun in german parlance and I didn't recognize in english you use pare-chute also.

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    Re: Lepine II movement with everyrhing in a stolen sailors case

    I think it is of French origin.
    the three symbols represent the virtues Faith Hope Love mentioned by St. Paul in his letter to the Corinthians. the same symbols were used in 1924 to create the cross of the Camargue.
    cross of the Camargue, is the three basic virtues: faith (trident with its ends) hope (fishermen anchor) and love (heart)

    The cross of the Camargue is also called croix "gardiane" (cross "guardian") from the name of the herdsmen, workers brady herds of bulls and horses of the region. In fact, it has two arms and the top decorated with a trident crescent, which is the instrument (hoisted on a long pike) with which the herdsmen stimulate the cattle raised in the wild.

    The Cross of Camargue combines the symbols of the three theological virtues, Faith (represented by the Latin cross), Hope (represented by the anchor), and Charity, represented by heart.

    It was created by the sculptor, painter and illustrator Paul Hermann French in 1924. It had been commissioned by the Marquis Folco de Baroncelli-Javon, picturesque character of the Camargue in the early twentieth century.

    The Marquis wanted to create a symbol for the region, which reminded religiosity and industriousness. We have collected, in addition to the symbols of the virtues, even those of the working activities of the Rhone delta: breeding (represented by tridents) and fishing (symbolized by the anchor)

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    Re: Lepine II movement with everyrhing in a stolen sailors case

    Thank you Eri321,
    as born a few kilometers from the coast I just new the symbol as a sailors lucky charm. Thanks a lot for this little historic excursion. This is one reason to collect pocket watches. Unfortunately the case isn't orginal. Thus why I titeled in a stolen case.

    Kind regards Silke
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    Re: Lepine II movement with everyrhing in a stolen sailors case

    I said "I think it is the French origin" because of the presence of the Duplex , parachute and thermal compensation that were frequent in French watchmaking (see Tavernier) and little used in the Swiss watchmaking.
    regards enrico
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    Re: Lepine II movement with everyrhing in a stolen sailors case

    I guess its a 'case' of mistaken identity
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    Re: Lepine II movement with everyrhing in a stolen sailors case

    Sorryy Enrico I understand you wrong ,

    I also thing a french orgin is more likely but who knows. I'm usually not frighten to examine a movement but here I am. A friend will do it within the holidays. Maybe we find a hint beyond the dial or/and (I hope) one or two additional stones on the escapement. If we find a rubie pulse finger it should be definetly french. If there is only steel and no rubie cylinder I'm still happy about this watch and its quality.

    Thanks again Enrico
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