• IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A  auction at Christies

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    IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION

    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 252

    Panerai. A very rare titanium limited series triple barrel cushion-shaped water-resistant dual time wristwatch with night and day indication, power reserve and perpendicular rotating one minute tourbillon

    SIGNED PANERAI, LUMINOR 1950 TITANIUM TOURBILLON GMT MODEL, NO. 27/150, REF. PAM 00306, MOVEMENT NO. K027/150, INDIVIDUAL NO. BB 1'320'526, CASE NO. OP 6737, MANUFACTURED IN 2009

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    Panerai. A very rare titanium limited series triple barrel cushion-shaped water-resistant dual time wristwatch with night and day indication, power reserve and perpendicular rotating one minute tourbillon
    Signed Panerai, Luminor 1950 Titanium Tourbillon GMT model, no. 27/150, ref. PAM 00306, movement no. K027/150, individual no. BB 1'320'526, case no. OP 6737, manufactured in 2009
    Cal. P.2005 three quarter plate nickel-finished triple barrel movement, 31 jewels, tourbillon cage rotating parallel to the base of the movement and at right angles to the axis of oscillation of the balance, making two rotations per minute, fan-shaped power reserve indicator, brown "sandwich" dial, luminous baton and Arabic numerals, luminous hands, arrow-tipped luminous hand for the second time zone, two subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds combined with a small circular indicator connected to the tourbillon cage and travelling twice as fast as the seconds hand, am and pm indication, large cushion-shaped water-resistant-type case, downturned lugs, crown protecting bridge, glazed display screw back, titanium Panerai buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    55 mm. wide & 57.5 mm. overall length


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    With Panerai Certificate stating that the present watch is number 27 of a limited series of 150 units, Guarantee Certificate booklet dated 25 February 2009, Luminor 1950 Titanium Tourbillon GMT instructions manual, polishing cloth, Officine Panerai spring bar removal tool and steel screwdriver, spare crocodile leather strap. Furthermore delivered with the original fitted wooden presentation box and outer packaging.

    Introduced at the 2008 SIHH, the Panerai Luminor 1950 Titanium Tourbillon GMT model is distinguished by its uniquely designed tourbillon. In traditional tourbillons, the cage containing the balance rotates perpendicular to that of the base of the movement, usually making one complete rotation each minute. In the Luminor 1950 however the tourbillon cage completes two revolutions per minute and its axis of rotation is parallel to the base of the movement at right angles to the axis of oscillation of the balance, making Panerai's innovation better adapted to compensate for running errors due to position.

    A masterpiece of mechanical complexity, the manual wound movement consists of 239 parts, the three mainspring barrels allow a 6-day power reserve, its status shown on the power reserve indicator on the movement of the watch.

    Consigned by a private European Collector, the present watch is in like new condition and believed to be the first example of this model to appear at auction to date.

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