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    Sale 1992

    Important Watches

    24 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 234

    BLANCPAIN. A MAGNIFICENT AND RARE LIMITED EDITION OVERSIZED PLATINUM AND DIAMOND AUTOMATIC PERPETUAL CALENDAR SPLIT SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH

    SIGNED BLANCPAIN, MODEL "TOURBILLON QUATTRO", NO. 1, CIRCA 2000

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    BLANCPAIN. A MAGNIFICENT AND RARE LIMITED EDITION OVERSIZED PLATINUM AND DIAMOND AUTOMATIC PERPETUAL CALENDAR SPLIT SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH
    SIGNED BLANCPAIN, MODEL "TOURBILLON QUATTRO", NO. 1, CIRCA 2000
    Cal. 56F9U nickel-finished lever movement, 39 jewels, pierced and engraved rotor, one minute tourbillon carriage with mono-metallic compensation balance visible through aperture in the dial at 12 o'clock, adjusted to five positions, black matte dial with luminescent Arabic numerals and hands, three sudsidiary dials indicating day combined with 12 hour register, month combined with leap year indication and date combined with 30 minute register, large circular case with the bezel enhanced by square-cut diamonds, sapphire crystal display back, case, dial and movement signed, with a platinum Blancpain deployant clasp
    43mm diam.


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    Accompanied by Blancpain cardboard slipcase, wood presentation box, setting pin and instructions.

    The Blancpain platinum Tourbillon Quattro wristwatch celebrates the rich tradition of fine handcrafted watch movements. This limited production timepiece with 432 parts contains four complications; a tourbillon regulator, perpetual calendar, fly back and split-seconds chronograph. The watch was unveiled in 2001 following the purchase of Blancpain by the Swatch Group in 2000. CEO Nicholas Hayek wanted the Tourbillon Quattro to reflect the fine history of the Blancpain name.

    The Blancpain firm was founded in Villeret by Jehan-Jacques in 1735. He was a watchmaker known for innovated watch movements. Jehan Jacques sought to produce only the highest quality movements. Today the attention to detail and complexity is exemplified by the Tourbillon Quattro. Jacques' legacy continues in the decision by Blancpain to never produce a quartz movement. The magic of horology is the combination of skill and technique necessary to combine 432 gears, wheels and various parts to produce a reliable and magnificent timekeeper