• Christie's Green Auction: A Bi auction at Christies

    Sale 2303

    Christie's Green Auction: A Bid to Save the Earth

    22 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 16

    GIRARD-PERREGAUX. A FINE AND RARE 18K WHITE GOLD AND DIAMOND CAT'S EYE TOURBILLON WITH THREE GOLD BRIDGES WRISTWATCH

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    GIRARD-PERREGAUX. A FINE AND RARE 18K WHITE GOLD AND DIAMOND CAT'S EYE TOURBILLON WITH THREE GOLD BRIDGES WRISTWATCH
    Cal.GP9700.0A, mechanical with manual winding, one minute Tourbillon regulator with three gold Bridges, movement set with 208 brilliant cut diamonds (0.55 cts), 19 jewels, large water-resistant-type oval shaped case with raised bezel, downturned lugs, bezel and lugs set with 84 baguette cut diamonds (2.12 cts), crown set with one brilliant cut diamond (0.2 cts), back secured by six screws, 18K white gold
    Girard-Perregaux buckle set with 14 brilliant cut diamonds, case and movement signed, 31.30 x 36.30 mm.
    Suggested Value: $245,000


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    Girard-Perregaux's first tourbillon movement featuring three gold bridges was patented in 1884 by one of the firm's founder, Constant Girard; the unique example in the history of watchmaking represents still today a perfect combination of aesthetical, technical and symbolical aspects. At the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1889, his tourbillon with three gold bridges was awarded a gold medal and then declared out of competition, as it was beyond match.

    Nearly 200 years later, in 1986, the firm's Research and Development Department was mandated with the creation of the wristwatch version of the tourbillon with three gold bridges to celebrate Girard-Perregaux's bicentenary in 1991. The challenge of miniaturizing the pocket watch movement and to inverse its construction by positioning the gold bridges on the dial side was perfectly mastered and crowned by the launch of the celebrated "Tourbillon sous trois Ponts d'or" wristwatch.

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    DONATION PROVIDED BY GIRARD-PERREGAUX


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    Website: www.girard-perregaux.ch