Lot 14: François Borgel, Gèneve / Alfred Lugrin à L'Orient / Lemania, Case No. 117917, 36 mm, circa 1913
November 10, 2012
Frankurt, GermanyLive Auction
Description: An early single button chronograph - in a rare, patented, screwed case design by F. Borgel and movement by Alfred Lugrin à L'Orient / Lemania Case: silver, crown with chronograph pusher, reeded bezel. Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, auxiliary seconds, 12h counter, 30 min. counter, blued spade hands. Movm.: bridge movement, frosted, gilt, finely ground chronograph steel parts, screw compensation balance, blued balance spring. François Borgel Towards the end of the nineteenth century in Geneva, Switzerland, François Borgel set up in business making watch cases. In 1891 Borgel patented the screw watch case design that most often bears his name today, the Borgel Case. This Borgel screw case was used for Borgel pocket watches before achieving wide use during the First World War for Borgel wrist watches, often purchased by Officers to wear in the cramped conditions of the trenches in place of the standard issue pocket watches of the day, hence the terms Borgel Officer's watch, or Borgel trench watch. Source: http://www.vintagewatchstraps.com/borgel.html, as of 09/16/2012. Alfred Lugrin à L'Orient / Lemania The watches and watch movement manufactory Lemania was founded in 1884 by Alfred Lugrin (1858-1920), who had acquired his expertise as a laborer at Jaeger-LeCoultre in Le Sentier. Because of the outstanding quality of his watch movements Lugrin received top awards and gold medals at exhibitions in 1906 in Milan and in 1914 in Bern. From the beginning he had specialized in the production of chronographs, stopwatches and repeaters. Till the year 1930 the factory had the name to Lugrin S.A., until Lugrin's son in law Marius Meylan established the brand name Lemania Watch Co. with headquarters in L'Orient. In 1932 Lemania, Omega and Tissot joined to form the SSIH group. Source: http://www.watches-wiki.net/index.php?title=Lemania, as of 09/17/2012.