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Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces

Hong Kong, Aug 25, 2012

LOT 211

JAEGER LECOULTRE REVERSO GYROTOURBILLON 2 PLATINUM Jaeger-LeCoultre, Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2, No. 72/75, case No. 2644206, Ref. 233.64.20. Made in a limited edition of 75 pieces circa 2009. Very fine and rare, large, rectangular, reversible platinum wristwatch with visible Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 174 with inclined two-cage multiaxis spherical tourbillon, 50 hour power reserve and 24-hour indication, ?1000 Hours Control?, and an 18K white gold Jaeger-LeCoultre double deployant clasp. Accompanied by the original fitted box, guarantee certificate, instruction booklet, loupe and magnifier lens.

C. Five-body, solid, polished, reeded bezel, transparent case back, sliding lock in the band at 4, sapphire crystals. D. Transparent off-center sapphire crystal ring dial with painted radial Arabic numerals, outer minute track, subsidiary 24-hour silver ring dial at 9, the lower half with aperture to view the Gyrotourbillon, sector for the 50-hour powerreserve indication on the reverse side. Blued steel epee hands. M. Cal. 174, rhodium-plated, fausses cotes and hounds-tooth decoration, 28,800 vibrations per hour, 58 jewels, one-minute rotating exterior tourbillon carriage and 3.2 rotating per minute interior cage, 14K gold balance and adjusting screws, lateral lever escapement, self-compensating helical balance spring, 6 shock absorbers on all axis pivots. Dial, case and movement signed. Dim. 36 x 56 mm. Thickness 16 mm.

HKD 1,200,000 - 1,600,000

USD 155,000 - 200,000 / EUR 125,000 - 170,000

Sold: HKD 1,880,000


Grading System
Grade:

Exceptional

Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 1*

As new

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 1-01

As new

HANDS Original


Notes

In a reiteration of the traditional single axis tourbillon, the Gyrotourbillon presents a double axis tourbillon escapement for greater precision and faster rotation. The dual-axis tourbillon, composed of 90 individual parts, differs from the Gyrotourbillon 1 in three main areas: faster rotation, higher frequency of beat, and the use of the cylindrical balance-spring. The caliber 174's cylindrical balance-spring, utilized in marine-chronometers and pocket watches, is used for the fi rst time in a wristwatch. The outer cage rotates at a speed of one revolution per 60 seconds and the inner one at a rate of 18.75 seconds, making an extremely graceful display and allowing full visibility of the gold balance. The 58 jewel, 371 part movement has a power-reserve of 50 hours, indicated on the reverse of the watch. The watch is a technological wonder in a classic design. Launched originally in 1931, 2011 marks the 80th anniversary of the legendary Reverso. Art Deco in essence, the clean ?Reverso? lines and high quality have made it Jaeger-LeCoultre?s leading model. The company has extended the line to include the "Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2." The Gyrotourbillon 2 is undoubtedly a technological masterpiece in a timeless and significant case.
This massive platinum reversible case features a locking mechanism to insure that the reversible function of the watch does not take the wearer by surprise.