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Repeating Calendar Chronograph by Nicole Nielsen

A fine late 19th Century English minute repeating chronograph with calendar in a gold and enamel full hunter case.  Gilt three quarter plate keyless movement, going barrel under a raised section in the plate.  Plain cock with polished steel regulator, compensation balance with blue steel overcoil hairspring. English table roller lever escapement escape and lever pivots with endstones.  Above the plate the grained steel work for the minute recording chronograph.  Slide minute repeating on two polished steel gongs. Signed white enamel dial with flyback centre seconds chronograph and subsidiaries for minute record and continuous seconds.  Below the centre a rectangular aperture for day, date and month engraved on silvered discs.  Roman numerals, blue steel hands. Substantial 18 carat full hunter case, a polychrome enamel coat of arms on the front cover.  Gold recessed repeating slide, hand set and chronograph button in the band which is disabled when the front cover is closed.  Small steel lever sets in the front bezel for the calendar.  Gold cuvette, maker's mark “EN” in a rectangle and number corresponding to that on the movement.

A fine example of late 19th Century English watchmaking.  One of the more complex movements made by the firm of Nicole Nielsen with the rare inclusion of an unusual form of calendar.  Nicole Nielsen manufactured for many of the eminent watchmaking firms in the second half of the 19th Century. Some were also retailed in other countries such as Australia and America, Tiffanys being one of their principal customers.  Casemaker Emil Nielsen, 14 Soho Square.

The coat of  arms are those of Kenelm Charles Edward Pepys, 4th Earl of Cottenham (1874 – 1919) who succeeded his father in 1881 (ref. Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, p.588).   He was the great nephew of Samuel Pepys the 17th Century diarist.  – – –  Motto: MENS CUJUSQUE EST QUISQUE – As the mind of each, so is the man

Date :  Hallmarked London   1896