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Glossary of watchmaking

Oignon (watch)

Oignon (montre) | オニオンウォッチ | 洋葱风格手表

Louis XIV onion with one hand

A style of watch made in France in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Its fat, bulbous form suggests an onion. Most oignon watches featured a chased brass case, very occasionally in silver and on very rare occasions gold. In later centuries, oignon became a familiar and ironic term to describe a large, thick watch.