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    Sale 1413

    Rare Watches Including Important Private Collections

    16 May 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 152

    IWC. A very fine, rare and large 18K gold limited edition automatic perpetual calendar minute repeating chronograph wristwatch with moon phases, digital year display, two-tone dial, certificate, box and “Grande Complication” book

    SIGNED IWC, SCHAFFHAUSEN, GRANDE COMPLICATION, NO. 09/50, REF. 3770, CASE NO. 3’198’602, MANUFACTURED IN 2006

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    IWC. A very fine, rare and large 18K gold limited edition automatic perpetual calendar minute repeating chronograph wristwatch with moon phases, digital year display, two-tone dial, certificate, box and “Grande Complication” book
    Signed IWC, Schaffhausen, Grande Complication, No. 09/50, ref. 3770, case no. 3’198’602, manufactured in 2006
    Cal. 79091 automatic movement, 75 jewels, minute repeating on two hammers, ivory-coloured dial, applied gold baton numerals, four subsidiary dials with silvered chapter rings for 30 minute register and moon phases, date, 12 hour register and month, constant seconds and day, aperture for four digit year display between 7 and 8 o'clock, large circular case, screw down crown, back secured by six screws and engraved International Watch Co., Grande Complication, No. 09/50, 2006 repeating slide and two rectangular chronograph buttons in the band, 18K gold IWC buckle, case, dial, and movement signed
    43 mm. diam.


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    With IWC undated and blank Grande Complication Certificate, undated International Guarantee Card, instruction manuals, original fitted wooden presentation box and outer packaging. Furthermore delivered with a copy of Grande Complication – The Grande Complication by IWC, Manfred Fritz, Edition Stemmle.

    The Grande Complication is one of IWC's most exclusive timepieces with production limited to just 50 watches a year. Consisting of 659 mechanical parts, 21 functions and displays, a perpetual calendar for the next 500 years and a perpetual moon phase display made of polished goldstone, this watch is a horological tour de force. The minute repeating chime is exceptional, as the sapphire crystal has been freely suspended on a platinum membrane, amplifying the gong vibrations via the sound transmission pin.

    The present watch is number 9 of a limited edition of 50 examples of this reference produced by IWC in 2006. It appears to be in new old stock condition, still retaining the IWC protective sticker to the case back.

    Special Notice

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