• Important Watches Including A  auction at Christies

    Sale 1372

    Important Watches Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION PART II

    10 May 2010, Geneva

  • Lot 15

    Blancpain. A fine and rare 18K gold minute repeating wristwatch


    Price Realised  


    Blancpain. A fine and rare 18K gold minute repeating wristwatch
    Signed Blancpain, Répétition Minutes, No. XX/XXV, circa 1988
    Cal. 33 11''' gilt-finished lever movement, 31 jewels, minute repeating on two hammers onto two gongs, off-white dial, applied gold Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds, circular case, stepped bezel, repeating slide in the band, glazed display snap on back, 18K gold Blancpain buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    34 mm. diam.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    Minute repeating wristwatches are amongst the rarest specialities of 20th century watchmaking due to the extremely difficult task of reducing the size of the repeating mechanism to fit into a case of wearable proportions.

    In 1988, Blancpain introduced one of the most complex and smallest minute repeating movements ever produced. This exceptional movement - the slimmest in the world - made Blancpain a specialist in the crafting of these masterpieces, such as the following two lots, 15 and 16.