L'Epee Fondee an 1839, c.1980/90, a rare gilt brass limited edition brass gilded carousel type tourbillon Gorge cased carriage clock, the white enamel dial with radial Roman numerals, outer minute divisions, Arabic five-minute numerals, alarm setting, date and days of the week dials below, aperture for the moon phases with lunar calendar, blued steel Breguet hands, the signed movement numbered 79, striking on a gong, the case numbered 79, 14 x 9.5 x 8cm, key.
When this model was first produced L’Epée made the following statement: L’Epée has decided to return to one of the firm’s key areas of expertise that has made the company famous over the years by designing and developing one of the complications most sought-after by connoisseurs: a “Carrousel” type tourbillon. In this type of complication, the balance, the spring and the escapement are housed within a carriage of which the rotation axis coincides with the centre of the escapement and performs one complete turn per minute. This finely tuned carriage contains a poising weight and its rotation is driven by the barrel via a classic gear train.
Condition report, overall very good condition, good case, good dial, good glass, the working movements keeps time, all features appear to work but not guaranteed. Appears original key.