Silver pocket watch with alarm, circa 1680

Bernard Dominicé, Silver pocket watch with alarm, circa 1680. Geneva, International Museum of the Reformation.

This watch illustrates the extremely varied contribution of the French Huguenots who came to Geneva at the time of the Wars of Religion in France (in the fields of theology, philosophy, industry, goldsmithery and fine arts). This silver pocket watch was created by the master watchmaker Bernard Dominicé (1651–1727), the great-grandson of a Huguenot refugee. The openwork case is designed to allow the sound of the alarm to be heard. Decorated with delicate animal and floral motifs, it is a particularly beautiful example of the watchmaker’s art.