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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, May 11, 2014

LOT 125

QUINTING - MONTRE MYSTERIEUSE Quinting, Geneve, "See-Through Watch", No. 006, Ref. Q2. Made in the 2000s. Fine and heavy, water-resistant, 18K yellow gold, center-seconds, quartz "mystery" wristwatch with an 18K yellow gold Quinting deployant clasp.

Three-body, solid, polished, transparent snap-on case back, fluted band, stepped octagonal bezel, fluted curved lugs. Transparent, made of sapphire crystal, outer gray ring dial with lozenge indexes and Roman quarter-hour numerals, inner gilt ring for the minutes and seconds. Luminous blued steel fleche hands. Invisible electrical movement powered by 5 batteries, fixed under the outer ring dial, electromechanically driven balance. The sapphire crystals revolve by electric impulses with a frequency of 32768 Hz.

CHF 3,000 - 5,000

HKD 25,000 - 41,000 / USD 3,400 - 5,700

Sold: CHF 3,750


Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3

Good

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 1-01

As new

HANDS Original


Notes

Dial and case signed. DIAM. 39 mm. THICKNESS 9 mm. The Quinting firm belongs to the small circle of watchmakers who use their own movement. All the elements of the movement are especially assembled at the St Blaise/Neuchâtel Manufacture. Invented by three Swiss engineers, René Quinting, Willy Cleusix, and Norbert Perucchi, the unique "Quinting" watch is inspired by the principle of transparency, which has fascinated watch and clockmakers ever since Robert-Houdin invented his "Mystery Clock" in the 19th century. Today, that clock has become modernized in the form of a wristwatch. The first See-Through Watch was launched in 1999, after 7 years of research. Its technical and esthetic value was immediately recognized.