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    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 287

    Urban Jürgensen. A very fine and rare 18K pink gold twin barrel automatic wristwatch with date and black dial


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    Urban Jürgensen. A very fine and rare 18K pink gold twin barrel automatic wristwatch with date and black dial
    Signed Urban Jürgensen, Copenhagen, ref. 8, manufactured in 1997
    Cal. Frédéric Piguet 1160 nickel-finished twin barrel lever movement, 31 jewels, engine-turned 21K gold rotor, engine-turned black dial, applied pink gold baton numerals on blank chapter ring, pink gold Jürgensen hands, window for date, circular case, stepped bezel, glazed display snap on back, downturned lugs, 18K pink gold Urban Jürgensen buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    36 mm. diam.

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    With Urban Jürgensen Certificate of Origin dated 20 March 1997, original fitted wooden presentation box and outer packaging.

    The classical Reference 8 wristwatch features an engine-turned dial, individually finished gold hands reviving an old Jürgensen tradition, subsidiary seconds at 6 and a domed sapphire crystal. The automatic twin barrel movement with an autonomy of over 60 hours is adjusted to 5 positions and certified by the official Swiss chronometer control body. It is protected by a water-resistant case. Available with or without date, in yellow gold, pink gold or platinum, this classic timepiece is artful in its elegant simplicity.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    The Jürgensen dynasty
    The following six lots, 287 - 292, manufactured between the 19th and 21st centuries, pay tribute to the genius and inventive spirit of the celebrated Jürgensen dynasty.

    Among the world's greatest watchmakers of the 18th and 19th centuries, members of the Jürgensen family, notably Urban and Jules, worked alongside other horological geniuses such as Houriet, Breguet and Arnold, and have greatly contributed to the development of watchmaking.
    The watchmaking family's roots stretch back to eighteenth century Denmark and Jörgen Jürgensen (1745-1811), founder of the dynasty. The most eminent watchmakers amongst his descendants are undisputedly his son Urban (1776-1830) and Urban's sons Louis Urban (1806-1867) and Jules-Frederik Jürgensen (1808-1877). The latter two continued their father's business by founding Urban Jürgensen & Sønner in Switzerland. Jules moved to Switzerland while his brother Louis was in charge of the factory in Copenhagen. After Louis Urban's and Jules-Frederik's deaths, the company went through several more changes of ownership but continued the tradition of this famous house, the production of highest quality timepieces. In 1981, Peter Baumberger, a trained watchmaker and passionate collector, acquired Urban Jürgensen & Sønner and is the congenial successor of Urban Jürgensen's spirit. Baumberger and his small team of skilled master watchmakers produce small series of traditionally made, complicated timepieces, ranging from 50 to 300 examples, at the privately-owned firm in Bienne, Switzerland.