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  • Manufacturer: Gérald Genta
    Year: 1994
    Reference No: G.0027.7
    Movement No: 1
    Case No: 71'378 and No 1
    Model Name: "Grande and Petite Sonnerie" Number 1
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 31000, 57 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K pink gold Gerald Genta bracelet, max length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Gerald Genta concealed deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Gérald Genta Historical Archives.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Gérald Genta is one of the most influential figures in horological history. Having left an inedible mark in watchmaking, he is best known for creating iconic models such as the Patek Philippe Nautilus, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and IWC Ingenieur. His designs are flagship models of each manufacture and some even argue that his creations have themselves become a brand in itself. In 1994, Genta embarked on a journey to create his most complicated wristwatches to date.

    A historically significant model in the world of horology, this timepiece was one of the most complicated wristwatches in the world when launched. In fact, one can argue that Genta was the first watchmaker to spearhead the trend of creating ultra complicated wristwatches. Previously, only pocket watches housed a multitude of complications. Perfectly encapsulating Gérald Genta's design aesthetic, the present watch not only features a Petite and Grande Sonnerie with Westminster Chimes, but also has a tourbillon mechanism. Reference G.0027.7 was made in 1994 in three examples only: the present watch cased in pink gold with a pink gold bracelet, a second example cased in white gold and with leather strap and a third cased in platinum.

    The caliber 31000 is one of the most impressive conceptions of modern horology. To combine the different complications within the confines of a 39 millimeter case is no easy feat. Over 1000 components of the movement are decorated with painstaking care and inspired by nature. Furthermore, the parts are all hand-mounted.

    The automatic movement is particularly noteworthy, making this model part of the exceedingly small series of automatic "grande and petite sonnerie" watches ever made.

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Ref. G.0027.7
A historically significant and unique pink gold automatic two train minute repeating grande and petite sonnerie tourbillon wristwatch with power reserve, diamond-set mother-of-pearl dial, bracelet and Westminster Chimes

1994
39mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF100,000 - 200,000 
€93,500-187,000
$109,000-218,000

Sold for CHF264,600

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Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East Director
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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV

Geneva Auction 5 & 7 November 2021