OIGNON (WATCH)

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.