Ulysse Nardin - Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Ulysse Nardin
    Year: Circa 2005
    Reference No: 749-80
    Case No: 21/30
    Model Name: Circus
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Mechanical, UN-74, 32 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Black Ulysse Nardin crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold Ulysse Nardin folding double deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed, case further engraved 21/30
    Accessories: With Ulysse Nardin Certificate of Limited Edition confirming the present watch is number 21 of a limited edition of 30 pieces only, product literature, instruction manual, leather wallet, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This spectacular minute repeating timepiece showcases an automata circus scene against a black onyx stage. The richly animated dial features six circus performers, each finely hand-carved and painstakingly render in white gold. These circus performers move in sync with the minute repeating and perform in sequence. The hour chimes with the monkey attempting to snatch the balls juggled by the clown. The tiger’s paw moves in conjunction with the trainer’s whip, indicating the quarters. Lastly, the tiger stretches indicating the minutes. Last but not least, the bear dances with the ballet dancer while the chiming mechanism is operating. Offered in like new condition, the present watch is numbered 21 of a limited edition of 30 pieces only.

  • Artist Biography

    Ulysse Nardin

    Swiss • 1846

    Founded in 1846 in Le Locle, Switzerland, Ulysse Nardin is a widely acclaimed Swiss watch manufacturer that earned recognition for its precision chronometers during the early to mid-twentieth century. Ulysse Nardin himself was a trained watchmaker under the guidance of his father, Leonard-Frederic Nardin, as well as master watchmakers Frederic William Dubois and Louis Jean Richard-dit-Bressel. Collectors in particular seek this brand's oversized vintage chronograph wristwatches, including the reference 7536-2.

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Ref. 749-80
A very fine and rare platinum limited edition minute repeateing automata wristwatch with onyx dial

Circa 2005
42 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed, case further engraved 21/30

HK$1,200,000 - 1,800,000 

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