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  • Manufacturer: Jaeger-LeCoultre
    Year: Circa 2004
    Reference No: 149.6.07.S
    Case No: No. 33 of 75
    Model Name: Gyrotourbillon 1
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 177, 117 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum Jaeger-LeCoutre deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 44mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed.
    Accessories: With Jaeger-LeCoultre unsigned and undated Guarantee Certificate, undated Certificate of Authenticity confirming the present lot is number 33 of 75 pieces, instruction manual, wooden Jaeger-LeCoultre presentation box, Gyrotourbillon 1 hardbound book and loupe

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in 2004 Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Gyrotourbillon 1 wristwatch is a stellar complication timepiece developed by master watchmaker Eric Coudray and designer Magali Metrailler. The caliber 177 is composed of 679 individual parts, 117 jewels and features an array of complications including a multi-axis tourbillon, perpetual calendar with retrograde date sector and month and leap year indication. In addition, its movement provides eight days of power reserve and features a "running" equation of time indication that displays the difference between solar time and mean time. Solar time is indicated by the minute hand tipped with a small sun, which sometimes runs ahead or behind the minute hand. Both hands are synchronized four times a year.

    With its introduction, it allowed the Jaeger-LeCoultre to become not just a haute horlogerie brand, it elevated the brand into a haute horlogerie movement maker. At the time of its release, there were few if any multi-axis tourbillon watches offered on the market. This amazing technical advancement was constructed of two carriages on two axis and different timing, with the external rotating every 60 seconds and the internal every 24 seconds, completing 2.5 turns per minute, thus allowing for correction of gravitational errors in all positions. The speed and continuous motion of the spherical tourbillon display will absolutely mesmerize and fascinate its wearer.

    The present example, no. 33 in the series of just 75 timepieces, is in excellent condition and accompanied with its original certificate of origin and presentation box. When it was first released, the Gyrotourbillon 1 was the most complicated watch made by Jaeger-LeCoultre. It pushed the boundaries of mechanical watchmaking and opened the door for a new era of complicated timepieces that are not only visually stimulating, but also technical marvels that are a joy to contemplate.

  • 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. 149.6.07.S
A very rare and attractive, limited edition, semi-skeletonized platinum perpetual calendar wristwatch with multi-axis spherical tourbillon, retrograde date, month and leap year indication, eight day power reserve and equation of time, with certificate of origin and presentation box

Circa 2004
44mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed.

$100,000 - 200,000 

Sold for $110,000

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STYLED. Timeless Watches & How to Wear Them

New York Auction 5 December 2018