Ludovic Ballouard - The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV Geneva Friday, November 5, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Ludovic Ballouard
    Year: 2012
    Case No: Caseback engraved "Independence"
    Model Name: Upside Down "Independence"
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. B01, 51 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum Ludovic Ballouard pin buckle signed LB
    Dimensions: 41mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Guarantee Certificate, original invoice, travel pouch, cleaning cloth and cardboard box
    Literature: Ludovic Ballouard and the Upside Down are featured in Watchmakers, The Masters of Art Horology by Maxima Gallery pp. 48-57

  • Catalogue Essay

    Ludovic Ballouard is known for his exceptionally well-made timepieces featuring quirky time displays.

    After having worked for François-Paul Journe, he decided to set up his own workshops and pursue his own vision. The result was the Upside Down, presented in 2009. This incredibly avant-garde time display is ingenious and a delight to watch. The traditional dial consists of 12 rotating discs, which are all upside down except for the correct hour, which is also denoted by a small dot that only becomes visible when right side up. At the top of the hour, the old hour passes and returns to the upside down position, while the new hour is rotated 180 degrees. The technical marvel of this movement is seen when one turns the watch over and through the sapphire back, one can admire the complexity of this unique timepiece. The movement plate carries twelve finely finished discs attached by tiny pinions, and it is as fascinating to watch the time change on the dial as it is from the movement side.

    For Ballouard, this watch is not only a mechanical masterpiece, but also a representation of how one should live in the moment, and that the past and future are presented upside down to remind you that you should have no regrets about the past, or qualms for the future, which you know nothing about.

    The present Upside Down, from 2012, was made specially for Independence, a Honk Kong based boutique specialized in independent artisans. It is one of only two platinum Ludovic Ballouard watches featuring a heat blued titanium dial with applied Breguet numerals. The present example is the only one made with “Independence” engraved on the case back.

    Small yet important details on the platinum case show Ludovic Ballouard’s dedication to perfection and craftsmanship, such as the hand engraved inscriptions on the case back and initials on the platinum crown and side of buckle.


An unusual and very rare jump hour platinum wristwatch with titanium dial, certificate and pouch

41mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for CHF60,480

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV

Geneva Auction 5 & 7 November 2021