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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 372

    Gerald Genta. An extremely fine and unique 18K pink gold automatic two train minute repeating grande and petite sonnerie tourbillon wristwatch with power reserve, diamond-set mother-of-pearl dial, bracelet and Westminster Chime

    SIGNED GÉRALD GENTA, GRANDE SONNERIE NO. 1, REF. G0027.1, CASE NO. 71'378, MANUFACTURED IN 1994

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    Gerald Genta. An extremely fine and unique 18K pink gold automatic two train minute repeating grande and petite sonnerie tourbillon wristwatch with power reserve, diamond-set mother-of-pearl dial, bracelet and Westminster Chime
    Signed Gérald Genta, Grande Sonnerie No. 1, ref. G0027.1, case no. 71'378, manufactured in 1994
    Cal. 31000 highly engraved nickel-finished lever movement decorated with foliage and grapes, 57 jewels, pierced and engraved rotor depicting the letters GG flanked by foliage, minute repeating and grande and petite sonnerie and Westminster chime on four hammers onto four gongs, mother-of-pearl and red printed dial with applied luminous and diamond-set dot and gold Arabic numerals, luminous hands, four fan-shaped sectors for silence/strike, power reserves for each the movement and the striking mechanism, grande/petite sonnerie, subsidiary seconds, octagonal massive case, stepped bezel, dial overlaid by a gold grille, glazed display back secured by eight screws, repeating mechanism activated by depressing a button in the left band, two additional crowns for the setting of silence/chimes and grand/little sonnerie functions, 18K pink gold Gérald Genta link bracelet and hidden clasp, case, dial and movement signed
    39 mm. diam.


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    Amongst the world's most complicated wristwatches and an epitome of Gérald Genta's ingeniosity and artistic flair, reference G0027 was made in 1994 in three examples only: the present watch in pink gold case with the additional feature of the original pink gold bracelet, a second model cased in white gold and with leather bracelet (sold at Christie's Hong Kong on 30 November 2005, lot 2742) and the third in platinum.

    Its calibre 31000 movement is one of the most astonishing watchmaking creations of our time. A great creator of complicated watches, Gérald Genta was able to miniaturize the highly complex mechanism to fit into the comparatively small dimensions of a wristwatch while still performing acoustically. The over 1000 parts of the movements are all hand-mounted within a diameter of only 30 mm. and a thickness of 8.4 mm. Every component is hand-engraved with motifs inspired by nature.

    Particularly noteworthy is the addition of a self-winding mechanism, rendering the present timepiece even today part of the exceedingly small series of automatic "grande sonnerie" watches ever made. It does not only allow the owner to choose between the grande, petite or silent strike modes, the striking sound is in addition the particularly appealing Westminster carillon or Big Ben melody, stroke by four hammers onto four gongs. A further addition to its complexity is the one minute tourbillon, demonstration of a watchmaker's virtuosity and highly sought-after feature in today's market.

    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN