Did you know that some craftsmen signed their watches?

Although the enamelled decoration of watch cases generally remains anonymous, works by the Huaud brothers are usually signed although with quite a range of spellings: Huaud, Huaut, Huault.

Descendants of a French protestant family that emigrated to Geneva in 1630, the Huaud brothers, Pierre (1647-1696), Jean-Pierre, known as the younger (1655-1723) and Amy (1657-1724) were trained in the art of enamelling by their own father, himself a craftsman.

Watch cases from their workshop generally depicted mythological and biblical scenes reproducing works by famous painters such as Nicolas Loir, Simon Vouet, Pierre-Paul Rubens and Laurent de La Hyre. The delicate designs, produced by stippling, soften and nuance a range of bright and contrasting colours characterised by yellows, oranges, bright pinks, cobalt blues, duck greens, and particularly luminous purples.