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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 8

    Girard-Perregaux. A very fine and rare 18K pink gold wristwatch with three gold bridges and visible one minute tourbillon


    Price Realised  

    Girard-Perregaux. A very fine and rare 18K pink gold wristwatch with three gold bridges and visible one minute tourbillon
    Signed Girard-Perregaux, Tourbillon sous trois Ponts d'or, No. 20 Au.P, manufactured in 1991
    Cal. 9000 nickel-finished movement, 20 jewels, the skeletonized dial with Roman numerals on outer pink gold chapter ring, blued steel hands, the visible three pink gold bridges with central rubies, Ernest Guinand design type blued steel one minute tourbillon carriage with Glucydur balance to 6 o'clock, large circular case with raised bezel, downturned lugs, the back secured by six screws, 18K pink gold Girard-Perregaux buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    39 mm. diam.

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    Accompanied by Girard-Perregaux Certificat d'Authenticité confirming production of the present watch in 1991, booklet, video tape, wooden presentation box and outer packaging.

    The present watch is number 20 of the very first edition of the "Tourbillon sous trois Ponts d'or" or "Tourbillon under three gold bridges" model, introduced into the market in 1991 to celebrate Girard-Perregaux's bicentenary.

    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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