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  • Manufacturer: Blancpain
    Year: Circa 1995
    Case No: 51
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Bracelet/Strap: Black Blancpain crocodile leather strap
    Dimensions: 33.5 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed, case further engraved No 51

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present watch is a very unique example of a tourbillon wristwatch due to its ultra thin case, which also houses an 8 day power reserve function. Preserved in very original condition, the present watch is further engraved with "No 51", suggesting that it was produced in a limited number of examples only.

  • Artist Biography

    Blancpain

    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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Σ246

A fine and rare yellow gold tourbillon wristwatch with date and 8 day power reserve

Circa 1995
33.5 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed, case further engraved No 51

Estimate
HK$130,000 - 180,000 

Sold for HK$162,500

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
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Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: TWO

Hong Kong Auction 31 May 2016