Very rare and fine 18K solid gold purse Bueche-Girod watch set into a 22K (900/1000) gold Argor-Heraeus coin, made to commemorate National Switzerland Exhibition, Lausanne 1964. Features ultra-slim manual winding movement made by Frédéric Piguet (now Blancpain) calibre 21. This calibre was in development as early as 1925, it is still produced today and was used by a significant number of watch manufacturers, like by Patek Philippe for its ultrathins as calibre 175 & 177, Rolex Cal. 650, Cartier Cal. 21, IWC Cal. 171, Piguet Cal. 21, etc. Comes with its original “Exposition Nationale Suisse Lausanne 1964” box.
Concealed inside 34 x 3.5 mm coin: a small manual wound watch that is only accessible by pressing a hidden recessed push button that only visible upon very close inspection. After carefully pressing the hidden button with your nail, the hinged top — obverse side — will then reveal a beautifully finished swing-out watch with winding crown at 1 o’clock. The small watch with an 18K yellow gold case, features a gorgeous sunburst gold dial with needle-shaped blued hands.
Bueche Girod was a small watchmaking company founded in 1947 by Vital Bueche and his wife Girod. Despite its modest size, as a master watchmaker, Vital Bueche was well-known for producing excellent movements and had many patents. The firm was responsible for producing movements for companies such as Bulova. Alongside this, Bueche Girod produced predominantly ladies dress watches, set in 18ct gold and decorated with semi previous gemstone dials, diamond and coloured gemstone bezels and fancy bracelets.
Watch is in overall good condition, running and ready to use!