• 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 2

    GIRARD-PERREGAUX. A FINE AND UNIQUE PLATINUM WW.TC TOURBILLON WITH THREE GOLD BRIDGES, NO. 1, UNIQUE DIAL CUSTOMIZED FOR GREEN AUCTION HIGHLIGHTING NEW YORK IN GREEN

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    GIRARD-PERREGAUX. A FINE AND UNIQUE PLATINUM WW.TC TOURBILLON WITH THREE GOLD BRIDGES, NO. 1, UNIQUE DIAL CUSTOMIZED FOR GREEN AUCTION HIGHLIGHTING NEW YORK IN GREEN
    Cal. GP098GO, mechanical with manual winding, one minute Tourbillon regulator with three pink gold Bridges, world times display, 19 jewels, slate color matte dial, applied Arabic numerals, inner 24 hour ring divided into diurnal and nocturnal hours, outer revolving ring with the names of 24 world cities each standing for one of the 24 time zones operated through the crown at 9 o'clock, large circular water-resistant-type case with raised bezel, downturned lugs, back secured by six screws, platinum
    Girard-Perregaux buckle, case, dial and movement signed, 43mm diam.
    Suggested Value: $210,000


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    Girard-Perregaux's first Tourbillon movement featuring three gold Bridges was patented in 1884 by Constant Girard-Perregaux; 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 presentation 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