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    Sale 1369


    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 289

    Urban Jürgensen. A very fine and rare platinum automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases and power reserve


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    Urban Jürgensen. A very fine and rare platinum automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases and power reserve
    Signed Urban Jürgensen, Copenhagen, ref. 3, no. 026, manufactured in 2005
    Cal. Frédéric Piguet 71 nickel-finished lever movement, 35 jewels, engine-turned 21K gold rotor, engine-turned massive silver dial, Roman numerals on blank chapter ring, gold Jürgensen hands, two subsidiary dials for moon phases and date, two windows for day and month, arched power reserve sector, circular case, stepped bezel, snap on back, downturned lugs, platinum Urban Jürgensen buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    38 mm. diam.

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    With Urban Jürgensen Certificate of Origin dated 11 February 2005.

    Urban Jürgensen's Reference 3 has been introduced as the natural successor of Reference 2. As its predecessor, it features an extremely thin 35-jewelled automatic movement with perpetual calendar but with the addition of the power reserve. Many precision watches, particularly marine chronometers, feature another hand indicating the state-of-wind of the mainspring. This is commonly known as the "up and down" indicator or "power reserve". When the watch is worn continuously, the mainspring will normally be kept fully wound and the hand will indicate "up". However, if the watch is not worn for any reason it will gradually run down and the hand will show exactly how long it has to run at any time. Urban Jürgensen have incorporated this useful complication in the Reference 3 without increasing the thickness of the only 2.4 mm. thin movement, involving nearly 2 years of development to design a small mechanism with some 3 dozen parts and adding an additional 10 jewels.

    Made in an exceedingly small series only, the watches were available in yellow gold, pink gold and platinum. Connoisseurs are particularly attracted by this model's simple and practical dial layout displaying the full perpetual calendar functions beautifully and elegantly.

    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.