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Important Collectors' Wristwatches, P...

New York, Jun 11, 2009

LOT 135

Minute Repeater with Automatons, No. 1 Ulysse Nardin, Le Locle, Suisse, ?Répétition Minutes, Jaquemart Forgerons,? No. 1, Ref. 736-61. Made in a limited edition of 50 pieces. Made in 2006, sold on June 18, 2007. Very fine and rare, minute-repeating, water-resistant, 18K pink gold wristwatch with 3 automatons. Accompanied by a fitted box and certificate.

C. Three-body, solid, polished, rounded bezel, straight fluted lugs, winding crown with blue UN logo, transparent case back with 6 screws, sapphire crystals. D. Black onyx with applied pink gold dart indexes, minute divisions on an outer gold reflector ring. Pink gold feuille hands. M. Cal. UN 72 (Christophe Claret), rhodium-plated, fausses cotes decoration, 32 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock absorber, self-compensating Breguet balance spring, swan-neck micrometer regulator, repeating on gongs by activating slide on the band, upon activation the 3 figurines on the dial strike the bells according to the time. Dial, case and movement signed. Diam. 40 mm. Thickness 13 mm.

USD 90,000 - 130,000

EUR 70,000 - 100,000 / CHF 100,000 - 150,000

Sold: USD 98,400


Grading System
Grade:
Case: 1

As new

Movement: 1

As new

Dial: 1-01

As new

HANDS Original


Notes

Christophe Claret.
Is one of a few important, yet relatively unknown Swiss watchmakers. He was born in 1962 and grew up in Lyon, France. Already at age 10 he dismantled old alarm clocks, but it wasn't until the age of 13, and many horological experiments later, that he was able to put watches back together. At age 16 he entered the "Ecole d'Horlogerie", the prestigious watchmaking school in Geneva, and in 1989 finally established his own company in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Today, located in close-by Le Locle, Christophe Claret supplies complicated movements to many prestigious brands. Specializing in prototypes, repeater and tourbillon mechanisms, its watchmakers produce, assemble and finish timepieces of a very high quality.