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  • Manufacturer: Chopard
    Year: 2011
    Reference No: 161902-1023
    Movement No: 121’585
    Case No: 1’581’323
    Model Name: “Goldfish”
    Material: 18k white gold and Urushi enamel
    Calibre: Automatic, L. U. C. 96HM, 29 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold Chopard buckle, piece unique
    Dimensions: 39.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, crystal, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by a Chopard red faux lacquered presentation box, certificate of origin dated 15 June, 2011 and outer wood packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    Chopard’s LUC XP Urushi Collection is a celebration of traditional horology and the ancestral art of Japanese lacquering. The present example by artist Kiichiro Masumura is made by the time honored techniques of Urushi and Maki-e where the Japanese lacquer is applied in layers so that light reflects and refracts. Maki-e technique involves sprinkling the dial with metal dust, in this case gold, which helps to accentuate the contours.

    The present watch is in lovely original condition and is complete with box and certificate. This is an opportunity to own a timepiece that has both form and function.

  • Artist Biography

    Chopard

    Swiss • 1860

    At the age of 24, Louis-Ulysse Chopard started his company L.U.C. Chopard in Sonviller, Switzerland. Since the brand's inception in 1860, Chopard understood the need for thin and accurate pocket watches to be functional for daily wear. The brand gained world recognition in 1912 after Tsar Nicolas II became a client.

    Following Louis-Ulysse's death in 1915, his sons Paul-Louis and Paul André took over the business and moved their headquarters to La Chaux-de-Fonds. In 1963, the company was taken over by Karl Scheufele, who remains the brand's owner. Arguably Chopard's most recognizable design, the "Happy" line, was inspired by Scheufele's daughter Caroline. In 1996, his son Karl-Friedrich established Chopard as a manufacturer of its own range of in-house movements under the name L.U.C., creating groundbreaking, exquisitely finished watches that have earned the brand worldwide acclaim.

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Ref. 161902-1023
A very fine and attractive white gold wristwatch with Japanese Lacquer dial by Kiichiro Masumura with Yamada Heiando, with presentation box and certificate of origin

2011
39.5mm Diameter
Case, crystal, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
HK$62,000 - 94,000 
€7,000-10,600
$7,900-12,100

Sold for HK$106,250

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

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT

Hong Kong Auction 28 May 2019