Jaeger-LeCoultre - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT Hong Kong Monday, May 27, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Jaeger-LeCoultre
    Year: Circa 2010
    Reference No: Q6006420
    Case No: 149.6.07.S, lim. ed. no. 64/75
    Model Name: Gyrotourbillon 1
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 177, 117 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Jaegerl-leCoultre Platinum deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Jaeger-leCoultre Guarantee Certificate stamped by Kuwait retailer Behbehani and dated May 25, 2010, Certificate of Origin, looking glass, massive wooden fitted presentation box

  • Catalogue Essay

    It is without a doubt that with the introduction of the Gyrotourbillon in the mid 2000s, Jaeger-leCoultre achieved one of the undisputed tourbillon pinnacles. Developed with the help of watchmaker Eric Coudray, this masterpiece of intricacy is made up of 90 parts for a total incredible lightweight of 0.336 grams. Its constructions involves two different cages: an interior cage to which the balance wheel is attached that revolves once every 2.5 minutes, and an exterior one revolving around an axis perpendicular to that of the first one which revolves once per minute. The final effect, proudly displayed at 6 o’clock, is a mesmerizing micro mechanical dance.

    While the Gyrotourbillon is undeniably the "star" of the watch, this piece has even more to offer, bearing also a perpetual calendar devised in an extremely unusual way, and an equation of time indication.

    The perpetual calendar displays informations on both sides of the watch. On the dial side, month and day are displayed in retrograde fashion. On the movement side, a brushed skeletonize subsidiary dial displays the day of the week; the leap year indication is present as well, retrogradely displayed. Finally, the a sidereal hands on the main dial indicates the equation of time (deviation of solar time - the time that would be indicated by a sundial - from the normal standardized time). Intriguingly, the attention to detail of Jaeger-leCoultre was so extreme that each equation of time is set to the owners country of residency. In this case Kuwait, which has a maximum deviation of 12 minutes, as described by a plaque applied to the movement.

    Realized in 75 numbered examples, the Gyrotourbillon remains today an achievement of watchmaking and a timepieces as poetic as it is complicated. The present example is offered by its original owner complete of all of its original accessories.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1833

    Not all companies in the watchmaking field have been able to stand the test of time quite like Jaeger LeCoultre, also known as the "watchmaker's watchmaker." Founded in 1833 by Antoine LeCoultre and originally named LeCoutre, the firm provided watchmaking's top brands, such as Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet, the high-grade, unfinished mechanical movements with which they completed their watches.

    In the early 1900s, Cartier's watch supplier Edmond Jaeger sought out LeCoultre's help in creating the world's thinnest watches. The collaboration resulted in the creation of Cartier's earliest Tank and Santos watches, all housed with LeCoultre movements. The duo decided to merge in 1937, and the firm officially became the Jaeger-LeCoultre brand by which collectors know and adore it today. Some of the firm's most significant and important timepieces include the Reverso, the Memovox, the Atmos clock and, among modern watches, their Master Complications.

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Ref. Q6006420
An extremely rare and highly complicated platinum perpetual calendar wristwatch with equation of time, power reserve indication, gyrotourbillon regulator, warranty and box, numbered 64 of a limited edition of 75 pieces

Circa 2010
42.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$625,000 - 1,095,000 

Sold for HK$950,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT

Hong Kong Auction 28 May 2019