Blancpain - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE Hong Kong Monday, November 30, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Blancpain
    Year: Circa 1988
    Case No: III/XXV
    Model Name: Répétition Minutes
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Mechanical, 33, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Camel Blancpain crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Blancpain buckle
    Dimensions: 33.5 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Often activated by a repeating slide in the band, the minute repeating mechanism strikes the hour, quarter and minutes using three different tones. This complex mechanism is designed to enable the wearer to tell time in the dark before the widespread use of electricity, today, minute repeating wristwatches remain to be one of the most complex and sought after mechanisms.

    Blancpain introduced one of the smallest and slimmest minute repeating wristwatches in 1987 powered by an exceptionally slim movement. The present watch strikes the hour, quarter and minutes with a sweet and loud tune and has been preserved in its original condition.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1735

    As the watchmaking brand with the earliest founding date, Blancpain remains close to tradition, concentrating on classical mechanical watches. Established in 1735 by Jehan-Jacques Blancpain, the Le Brassus manufacturer today continues to innovate with the development of high-quality calibres and is proud of their heritage, having never made quartz watches. One of the firm's greatest successes was the Fifty Fathom wristwatch introduced in 1953 — the vintage models of which are now highly coveted by collectors. The earliest dive watch available to the market, Fifty Fathom came out a year prior to Rolex's Submariner.  Another key model is the Air Command from the 1960s, considered one of the most mythical collector's watches due to their extreme rarity. Today, the firm specializes in creative innovated complicated timepieces. 

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A fine and rare yellow gold minute repeating wristwatch

Circa 1988
33.5 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for HK$162,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am