Ludovic Ballouard - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII Hong Kong Saturday, June 5, 2021 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Ludovic Ballouard
    Year: Circa 2015
    Movement No: No.16
    Case No: No.22
    Model Name: Upside Down
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. B01, 51 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Ludovic Ballouard pin buckle
    Dimensions: 41mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied with undated Ludovic Ballouard guarantee, cloth, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Like many independent watchmakers of the 21st century, Ludovic Ballouard started his horological journey by working alongside with some of the greatest watchmakers of modern times, such as F.P. Journe. During the seven years of outstanding watchmaking at the firm, the highly talented Mr. Ballouard was known to be responsible to assemble the extremely complicated Sonnerie Souveraine.

    In 2009, Ludovic Ballouard embarked the greatest dream of every watchmaker with his very own brand. With the desire to produce a highly complicated and eccentric timepiece with utmost simplicity, the Upside Down was born. The elegant 41mm clean-cut case with 12 numerals classically displayed on the dial speaks beyond its surface with a poetic philosophy. “Only the present moment has a meaning”, the Upside down presents time with reminder of how important it is to live in the moment. The past and the future time is, literally, presented upside down to tell you that there should be no regrets about the past and no qualms for the unknown future.

    A masterpiece of avant-garde innovation, this ingenious display of poetry is powered by a beautifully executed movement that can be admired on the reverse of the watch. Featuring twelve finely finished rotating Maltese cross discs attached by small pinons, the complexity of the movement in motion is truly fascinating to watch. When the central minute hand precisely passes 12 o’clock mark, the past hour number instantaneously jumps 180 degrees upside down to reveal the correct hour, hence an upright numeral with a clever indication of a dot beneath for quick reading.

    The present timepiece encased in pink gold with a subtle grained grey dial offered in great overall condition and accompanied by the full accessories. This exceptional marvel will most certainly bring a smile to connoisseurs of contemporary timepieces, and a profound reminder to live in the now.


A fine, attractive and unusual pink gold wristwatch with jump hours, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2015
41mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$160,000 - 320,000 

Sold for HK$352,800

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021