Diameter: 41.500 mm (case)
M&ME CAI 563
Room 38-39: Clocks and Watches
Watch by Louis Oury
Paris, France, about AD 1680
Following the introduction of the balance spring to the watch, makers around Europe were quick to adopt it in their watches. In Paris, the new invention found favour with all the leading watch makers, including Louis Ourry, who became a master watchmaker in Paris in 1684 and a number of watches by him are known to survive.
This watch is a fine example from the new balance spring era. The silver case is undecorated and the white enamel dial is extremely clear and easy to read. These two factors perhaps display the new emphasis which became associated with the watch in this period. In contrast to earlier, highly decorative watches, the emphasis here is concentrated on indicating the time. For now, the status of a watch was related to its accuracy and less so for its lavish decoration.
enamel dial is an early example of a style which did not become
fashionable in England until the 1720s. However,the watch is also
old-fashioned, as it only shows hours and half-hours using a single
hand. The movement has a