• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 2627

    Important Watches

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 3679

    GÉRALD GENTA, "GRANDE SONNERIE RÉTROGRADE" REF. GG0026.6

    WHITE GOLD AUTOMATIC GRANDE ET PETITE SONNERIE MINUTE REPEATING PERPETUAL CALENDAR TOURBILLON BRACELET WATCH WITH WESTMINSTER CHIME, POWER-RESERVE INDICATION, RETROGRADE DATE DISPLAY AND MOTHER-OF-PEARL DIAL, LIMITED EDITION PRODUCED TO MARK THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GÉRALD GENTA COMPANY

    NO. 1, MANUFACTURED IN 1994

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    GÉRALD GENTA, "GRANDE SONNERIE RÉTROGRADE" REF. GG0026.6

    WHITE GOLD AUTOMATIC GRANDE ET PETITE SONNERIE MINUTE REPEATING PERPETUAL CALENDAR TOURBILLON BRACELET WATCH WITH WESTMINSTER CHIME, POWER-RESERVE INDICATION, RETROGRADE DATE DISPLAY AND MOTHER-OF-PEARL DIAL, LIMITED EDITION PRODUCED TO MARK THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GÉRALD GENTA COMPANY
    NO. 1, MANUFACTURED IN 1994

    Calibre 31.000, fully engraved with foliage and grape motifs, Geneva Seal hallmarked, 57 jewels, screw balance, tourbillon regulator, steel cage, repeating on four gongs via four polished hammers, pierced rotor, tandem winding, pale-blue mother-of-pearl dial with luminescent hour markers, small seconds, retrograde date, sectors for striking


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Contact the department

    US$130,000-190,000
    EUR95,000-140,000

    The heart of this remarkable piece is the calibre 31000, undeniably one of the most astonishing watchmaking creations of our time. A master creator of ultra complicated timepieces, Gérald Genta fully demonstrated his artisanship with this ultra complex movement featuring an array of complications miniature enough for the comparatively small dimensions of a wristwatch. The calibre 31000 contains over 1,000 miniscule parts with a diameter of merely 30 mm. and a thickness of 8.4 mm. Every component is hand-engraved with motifs inspired by nature.

    Particularly noteworthy is the addition of the self-winding automatic mechanism, rendering the present timepiece part of an exceedingly small series of automatic "grande sonnerie" wristwatches ever made. It does not only allow the owner to choose between the grande, petite or silent strike modes, the chime is in addition the particularly appealing Westminster carillon, or Big Ben melody, striking via four hammers onto four gongs. A further addition to its complexity is the one minute tourbillon, demonstration of the watchmaker's virtuosity and a highly sought-after complication in today's market.