Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jan 24, 2021

LOT 187

BLANCPAIN, MINUTE REPEATER, YELLOW GOLD

Very fine and rare 18k yellow gold manual winding minute repeater wristwatch, sapphire caseback, white dial with Roman numerals and subsidiary second at 6.

Brand Blancpain

Model Minute repeater

Year Circa 2000's

Movement No. VI/XXV

Bracelet Leather with yellow gold deployant clasp signed

Caliber 33

Dimensions 34 mm

Signature Case, dial and movement

EUR 10,000 - 15,000

USD 12,200 - 18,200 / HKD 94,100 - 141,200

Sold: EUR 39,000


Grading System
Grade:
Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


Notes

Since its creation in 1735 in Villeret, the Blancpain manufacture has been synonymous with elegance and technical savoir-faire. Invented in 1750 by Thomas Mudge (1715- 1794), the minute repeater is a master complication of the art of watchmaking. Initially designed to tell the time in the dark, it remains one of the most difficult complications to achieve and one of the most appreciated. Thanks to a complex mechanism comprising two gongs struck by hammers and a mechanical memory activated by means of a slide, the minute-repeater sounds the hour with two tones. A low-pitched chime sounds to indicate the hours, followed by two rings – the first high, the second low – for the quarter-hours, and lastly a high note for each minute. The construction of a minute-repeater is so demanding that only a few of these watches, individually numbered, leave the manufacture workshops each year.