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  • Manufacturer: IWC
    Year: 2008
    Reference No: 377025
    Case No: 3’414’721
    Model Name: Grande Complication
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 79091, 71 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold IWC buckle
    Dimensions: 42mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, and movement signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by original IWC fitted presentation box, product literature, and paperwork.

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1985, during the midst of the quartz crisis, IWC set out to create what would be its first “grande complication” wristwatch and one of the world’s most complicated timepieces: a wristwatch featuring a perpetual calendar, a chronograph, and a minute repeater. A team of watchmakers and engineers was assembled to create IWC’s grande complication, including two young heralds of complicated horology, Dominic Renaud and Giulio Papi (today, they are behind some of Audemars Piguet and Richard Mille’s most complicated movements). After five years of painstaking development and 12 individual patents, this horological masterpiece was officially presented at the Basel fair in 1990. Reportedly, by the end of Basel in 1990, the company had enough order requests for the next seven years. Each of the 659 individual components were manufactured and assembled in house, and power 18 functions and complications: hour, minute and seconds displays, moon phase, month, day and date displays, perpetual calendar, indication of year, decade, century and millennium, chronograph seconds counter, chronograph minutes counter, chronograph hours counter, minute repeater, quarter repeater and hour repeater.

    Released in several different case materials and dial iterations over the following two decades, with limited examples produced each year. This pristine example from 2008 is accompanied with its original boxes and paperwork, and remains preserved in immaculate original condition.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1868

    With a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. The company has gained an international reputation based on a passion for innovative solutions and technical ingenuity. One of the world's leading brands in the luxury watch segment, IWC crafts masterpieces of haute horlogerie at their finest, combining high precision with masculine design. Vintage wristwatches such as the oversized Portugieser, Aquatimer, Ingenieur and the B-UHR pilots watch are especially desirable for collectors.

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Ref. 377025
A fine and very rare limited edition oversized pink gold minute repeating perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch, accompanied with boxes, paperwork, and warranty booklet

42mm Diameter
Case, dial, and movement signed.

$30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $60,000

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STYLED. Timeless Watches & How to Wear Them

New York Auction 5 December 2018