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    Sale 2627

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    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 3518

    ULYSSE NARDIN, "SAN MARCO CLOISONNÉ" PORTO BELLO

    PINK GOLD AUTOMATIC CHRONOMETER WRISTWATCH WITH ENAMEL CLOISONNÉ DIAL, LIMITED EDITION OF 30 EXAMPLES

    NO. 24/30, MANUFACTURED IN 2005

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    ULYSSE NARDIN, "SAN MARCO CLOISONNÉ" PORTO BELLO

    PINK GOLD AUTOMATIC CHRONOMETER WRISTWATCH WITH ENAMEL CLOISONNÉ DIAL, LIMITED EDITION OF 30 EXAMPLES
    NO. 24/30, MANUFACTURED IN 2005

    Calibre UN-13, 21 jewels, enamel cloisonné dial with gold applied hour markers, sweep centre seconds, three-part case in 18k pink gold, display case back fastened by six screws, band with plaque engraved "No. 24/30", 18k pink gold UN buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    Diameter: 40 mm.


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    US$11,000-15,000
    EUR8,600-11,000

    Accompanied by Ulysse Nardin presentation box, COSC certificate, guarantee certificate and brochures.

    SEA BATTLE PORTO BELLO
    By the year 1708, the war of the Spanish Succession had the English and Dutch attacking Spanish galleons wherever they could be found. The treasure galleons were the prime target. The success of the English and Dutch combined fleets in capturing the treasure galleons in Vigo Bay had whetted their appetite for Spanish gold, and a fleet of English warships were assigned to permanently patrol the waters off Cartegena, Columbia.

    On 7th June, 1708, a battle broke between the English ships and the Spanish galleons near the harbour of Porto Bello. Four English ships, commanded by Commodore Charles Wager aboard the flagship "HMS Expedition", attacked Spaniard General Do Joseph de Santillon's "San José". Both sides exchanged some 250 cannon shots, of which 64 ornamented the ballast mound of the "San José", which inevitably lead to her sinking with all the riches.

    A miniature reproduction of the Porto Bello sea battle decorates the enamel cloisonné dial of the "San Marco Chronometer". Each dial requires over half a meter of fine gold wire (0.07 mm thickness), 26 baking processes and over 50 working hours to produce.