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    Sale 1992

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    24 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 63

    ALAIN SILBERSTEIN. A FINE UNIQUE PLATINUM TOURBILLON CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH

    SIGNED ALAIN SILBERSTEIN, "TOURBILLON KRONO", PIECE UNIQUE, CIRCA 1997

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    ALAIN SILBERSTEIN. A FINE UNIQUE PLATINUM TOURBILLON CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH
    SIGNED ALAIN SILBERSTEIN, "TOURBILLON KRONO", PIECE UNIQUE, CIRCA 1997
    Cal. LWO 2387 nickel-finished lever movement engraved with the motto "Le Vrai Bonheur est d'Avoir sa Passion pour Metier", 25 jewels, one-minute tourbillon carriage with mono-metallic compensation balance visible beneath the dial at 12 o'clock, adjusted to 5 positions, black matte dial with luminescent disk numerals, luminescent red and blue stylized hands, yellow serpentine chronograph hand, three subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds, 30 minute and 12 hour registers, circular water-resistant-type case with yellow and blue-tipped round chronograph buttons and red-tipped crown, sapphire crystal display screw back, case, dial and movement signed
    36mm diam.


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    Accompanied by an Alain Silverstein outer wood box, red, blue and yellow leather covered presentation box, certificate, instructions and gloves.

    Alain Silberstein created the "Tourbillon Krono" circa 1997 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the founding of his famed watch company in Besançon, France. This unique wristwatch is the first chronograph wristwatch whereby the toubillon feature was visible through both the dial and the sapphire crystal display back. Silberstein and his team of watchmakers were able to achieve this mechanical feat by creating a smaller tourbillon rotating frame for the watch compared to its predecessors.