|Carriage clock with DH stamped on movement|
DIETTE HOUR (D.H.)
|CH HOUR rectangular carriage clock|
Their more popular models included enamel dial clocks that were incorporated into large bronze or porcelain mantle clocks such as the one shown below.
It was very important for a clock maker's reputation and sales to be present in the various exhibitions and to win since clocks were an expensive domestic object and those who could afford them tended to prefer the cachet conferred by the manufacturer who had won the Grand Prize and could advertise the win on the back of the clock case.
After WWI, Hour Lavigne revolutionized the concept of what a clock could look like. While most manufacturers interpreted the new Art Deco movement as using existing clock movements and dials in more stylized casings, Hour Lavigne transformed all visible parts of a clock - the dial, the case, the hands, the numbering into a new, coherent whole truly reflective of the Art Deco style. At the 1925 Exposition des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, they presented a dozen clocks that simply wiped out the competition.
|Photograph from La France Horlogere of 1925 showing the |
winning exhibition Hour Lavigne clock.
While they kept up the production of their more traditional mantle clocks and large bronze ornament clocks with garnitures and figures, they developed a new line of regulator clocks and smaller clocks based on the success of the the clocks they had presented at the 1925 Exhibition.
|"JUST" clock 1930|
The clock on the left has an asymmetrical case composed of three different colours of marbles with a polished chrome face and short, square shaped hands.
The numbering is unique and original in that it is one of the few clocks that did not use Roman numerals as do the great majority of JUST clocks.
During this period, they also manufactured clocks that were stamped with the brand name of some of the most prestigious jewellers such as Tiffany & Co.
High-end jewelers in both America and in the U.K.did not normally manufacture the clocks they sold under their names, but sought out prestigious clockmakers to produce models with their brands stamped on the dial and the maker's name or logo on the movement.
During the 1920's and 1930's they also produced many models of small easel clocks and two or three function clocks (a clock plus a barometer and a thermometer and a calendar).
Two of the small easel clocks produced in the mid 1920's. Their clocks were mostly decorative with no alarm function.