Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.
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.