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  • Manufacturer: Chopard
    Year: Circa 2011
    Reference No: 1902
    Movement No: The first 121’591, the second 151’021
    Case No: The first 1’613’645 the second 1’807’978
    Model Name: The first “Kylin in the Moon Light”, the second “Blue Horn Dragon”
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. L.U.C 96.17-L, 29 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Chopard pin buckle
    Dimensions: 39.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: The first: Accompanied with Chopard Certificate of Origin dated 2nd Feb 2014, stamped Elegant Watch & Jewellery, production literature, lacquer Chopard presentation box with wooden outer packaging.
    Second: Accompanied with undated Chopard Certificate of Origin stamped Elegant Watch & Jewellery, production literature, lacquer Chopard presentation box with wooden outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Japanese lacquering, also known as Urushi, has long been an admirable artisanal treasure to Japanese culture. Continuously searching for excellence, Chopard launched the L.U.C XP collection in 2011, created in association with Yamada Heiando, the official Urushi supplier to the Japanese imperial family. The exceptional collection was a joint masterpiece under the supervision of old master Kiichiro Masumura, proclaimed “Living National Treasure” and handcrafted by Urushi master Minori Koizumi, the result are exceptional pieces of horological art. The collection depicts five mythical creature of the universe from ancient Asian philosophy: dragon, phoenix, kylin, tiger and the genbu.

    Each meticulously handcrafted and reveals a deep sense of poetry, these motifs are depicted through the use of three techniques, Urushi, Maki-e and Raden. The present set of examples illustrates two of the most elusive mythical creature in Asian culture. Under the gaze of the half moon, a pair of Kylin gracefully prance amongst iridescent clouds made with the “Raden” technique (mother-of-pear chips inlaid onto wet lacquer). Another features a fierce golden dragon with shimmering blue horns swivelling high amongst the enigmatic night sky. Blessed with the symbol of good fortune and tranquillity, the present pair in pink gold wristwatches offered in exceptional condition accompanied with individual octagon-shaped lacquer presentation box surely deserves the attention of the connoisseurs of extraordinary dials.

  • 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 1902
A pair of very fine and attractive pink gold wristwatch with Japanese Lacquer dial by Kiichiro Masumura with Yamada Heiando, certificates and presentation boxes

Circa 2011
39.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
HK$150,000 - 230,000 
€16,000-24,500
$19,200-29,500

Sold for HK$201,600

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Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021