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  • Manufacturer: Ulysse Nardin
    Year: Circa 2018
    Reference No: 786-81
    Case No: No. 10/30
    Model Name: Genghis Khan
    Material: 18K pink gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Manual, cal. UN-78, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold buckle
    Dimensions: 42 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied with Certificate signed by the CEO of Ulysse Nardin verifying that the present watch is numbered 10 of a limited edition of 30 pieces, Ulysse Nardin wooden fitted presentation box, key and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    Named after Genghis Khan, the founder of the Mongol Empire which became the largest contiguous empire in history, the Ulysse Nardin Genghis Khan tourbillon minute repeater is comparable to the renowned emperor – strikingly powerful and majestically legendary.

    The Genghis Khan model incorporates some of the most important and complex features in horology, including carillon, tourbillon, Westminister minute repeater and Jaquemarts, and was the first ever model to house all the aforementioned complications. Likely the most eye-catching feature, the visible one-minute tourbillon is integrated into the pitch-black onyx dial. The tourbillon bridge is the same shape as the tourbillon bridge that James Pellaton created for Ulysse Nardin at the beginning of the twentieth century.

    Intriguingly, the Westminister minute repeater of the present watch contains four gongs, each with a different tone (Mi-Do-Re-Sol). When the repeater function is triggered, the hour sound is Sol and the minute sound is Mi. All four gongs sound in three different sequences for the quarters. Further featuring the complexity called Jaquemarts, the meticulously hand-crafted figures illustrated on the dial are invigorated with the beautiful chiming sound of the Westminister minute repeater.

    The “Genghis Khan” model was first introduced in 2002 under the administration of Rolf Schnyder who proudly presented the manufacturer's pinnacle in complexity – a horological artwork which is also the world's first wristwatch to feature a Westminster minute repeater, Jaquemarts and tourbillon. The watch is visually as impressive as it is functionally. Not only is the watch elegantly cased in 18K pink gold, the case and dial are further adorned with dazzling diamonds, distinguishing it from the earlier non-bejeweled examples. Exceptionally rare and beautiful, this is the first time that the present bejeweled Genghis Khan model is offered at auction.

  • 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. 786-81
An extremely fine and very rare limited edition pink gold and baguette diamond-set Westminister minute repeating wristwatch with carillon tourbillon, Jaquemarts, Certificate and box, numbered 10 of a limited edition of 30 pieces

Circa 2018
42 mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$3,500,000 - 4,500,000 
€387,000-497,000
$449,000-577,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
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Ziyong Ho
Specialist
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Jill Chen
Specialist
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018