Girard, A Paris, circa 1660. Very fine and rare silver, pre-balance spring, single hand watch. White enamel, Roman chapters with unusual sabre-style half-hour markers, inner quarter-hour ring. Blued-steel hand. 33 mm o, hinged, gilt brass full plate, Egyptian pillars, fusee and gut-line, short four-wheel train, verge escapement, two-arm steel balance without spring, elongated silver pinned cock pierced and engraved with symmetrical folige, pear-shaped solid foot finished with finial, worm and wheel set-up.Signed on the back plate.Diam. 38 mm. Published in the Sandberg book, page 82-83. Notes The Girardswere a well-known Genevan family of watchmakers, goldsmiths, and painters on enamel from the 17th century onwards, the first of whom was Jerome Girard, who was apprenticed to Martin Duboule in 1622.This watch, although signed 'Girard a Paris', has all the typical characteristics of a Genevan watch of the period.'Dictionnaire des horlogers genevois', Osvaldo Patrizzi, Antiquorum Editions, Geneva, 1998.