• Important Watches auction at Christies

    Sale 2735

    Important Watches

    2 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2950

    GREUBEL FORSEY, INVENTION PIECE 1

    WHITE GOLD MANUALLY-WOUND 3-DAY-GOING DOUBLE TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH POWER RESERVE INDICATION, UNIQUE EDITION OF 11

    NO. 06/11, CIRCA 2007

    Price Realised  

    GREUBEL FORSEY, INVENTION PIECE 1

    WHITE GOLD MANUALLY-WOUND 3-DAY-GOING DOUBLE TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH POWER RESERVE INDICATION, UNIQUE EDITION OF 11
    NO. 06/11, CIRCA 2007

    Calibre GF02N, frosted movement, engraved text in relief, 38 jewels, double tourbillon regulator, twin barrel, eccentric time display, small seconds, power reserve indicator, three-part case in 18k white gold, brushed and polished, transparent case back, 18k white gold GF buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    Diameter: 43.5 mm.


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    US$285,000-385,000
    EUR195,000-265,000

    With Greubel Forsey presentation box, certificate, product literature and loupe.

    The ethos behind Greubel Forsey's Invention Piece 1 is to pay homage to the timepiece that launched Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey into galactic stardom in 2004: the Double Tourbillon 30 degrees. Coincidentally, the DT30 in platinum with blue mother-of-pearl dial was one of the highlights of Christie's Spring Watch auction in May 2009 and set a new world record for Greubel Forsey.

    While the 338-part calibre of the IP1 is based on the DT30, the displays, surfaces, architecture and aesthetics have all been profoundly modified and redeveloped. The exquisitely finished horological masterpiece is a solid validation of the underlying fundamental inventions of Greubel Forsey, with an objective to reinforce the link between mechanism and indication, as well as the relentless pursuit to improve timekeeping precision.

    The highly original hour and minute display comprises of two triangular indicators, red for the hours and blue for the minutes, that enable the observer to follow the passing of time on two concentric semi-circles around the exquisitely finished tourbillon cages; the eccentric seconds and power reserve indicator appear to be in "orbit", reminiscent of a miniature solar system.

    The unique nature of the IP1 is reinforced by a personalised message engraved in miniature bas-relief on the plate of the case back and will forever accompany the owner of this exceptional timepiece.

    The IP1 was produced in a single edition comprising three unique editions of 11 watches each in white gold, pink gold and platinum, a number (1+1) chosen for its symbolic value representing the Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey partnership.

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    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory, tortoiseshell and crocodile. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.