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Silver pocket watch with alarm

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Prepare your visit Ticketing Future event Ville de Genève, Musées d'art et d'histoire Crédits photographiques : © Musée d'art et d'histoire, Ville de Genève, photographe : Yves Siza Auteurs : Ferdinand Hodler (Berne, 14.03.1853 — Genève, 19.05.1918) Titre : L'Unanimité Datations : 1912/1913 Matières et techniques : Huile sur toile mise au carreau; Peinture Dimensions : haut.: 52.5 cm; larg.: 163 cm; Haut 52.5, larg 163 cm N° d’inventaire : 1939-0044

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Here is an object that illustrates the contribution, in very varied fields (theology, philosophy, industry, goldsmithing or even fine arts), of the Huguenots who fled France and settled in Geneva during the wars of religion.

This silver pocket watch is the work of the great master watchmaker Bernard Dominicé (1651-1727), great-grandson, precisely, of a Huguenot refugee. The box, openworked so as to allow the sound of the alarm clock to escape, features floral and animal motifs that reveal the delicacy of this creation.

Bernard Dominicé
Silver pocket watch with alarm, Geneva, circa 1680
© International Museum of the Reformation (MIR), Geneva

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