Once in a while an extremely rare and important watch comes up for auction that gets the adrenaline pumping as bidder outbids bidder to acquire it. Just such a watch is currently appearing on Catawiki in the beguiling form of the Jaeger LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon.
You have probably heard of a tourbillon, but a Gyrotourbillon is a considerably more elaborate tourbillon construction, whereby the tourbillon not only rotates in a plane, that is 2-dimensional, but spatially or spherically, creating a genuine 3D effect. Developed by Eric Coudray, the three-dimensional movement of the cages opens up space and provide a fascinating way to admire this complication at work.
“A tourbillon is a must; if you’re a watchmaker now, you have to be able to master one complication and it has to be the tourbillon, because it is very visible”. Former CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre, Jerome Lambert
It’s actually no surprise that this high-end grand complication is being offered in this exclusive men’s watch auction by Dragon Watch, a Hong Kong seller, because in the boom decade of China acquiring any number of high-end Swiss watches, from the early 2000’s till just a few years back, it was largely Asian watch enthusiasts that pushed Swiss brands to go beyond offering mere tourbillons, and this meant new challenges for the brands.
The watch on offer is a limited edition of just 28 pieces encased in 18k rose gold with a skeletonized dial and a manual wind movement comprising over 500 individual parts. Other complications include a Power Reserve and a Perpetual Calendar.
The watch is expected to fetch somewhere between £243,730 – £317,310, and current bidding is at £60,000.
There’s another very special watch also up for auction on Catawiki at the moment. The Audemars Piguet Skeleton Perpetual Calendar. Widely regarded by aficionados as being one of the top 3 luxury Swiss brands, Audemars Piguet has written some of the finest chapters in haute horology. This 36mm skeletonized watch, encased in 950 Platinum, is unworn, and features hours, minutes, a perpetual calendar with day, date, month and moonphase. The watch is powered by the Caliber 2924 manual wind movement, one of the thinnest skeletonized movements on the market, with 216 individual parts.
It comes complete with Warranty, the original box and all papers including the Certificate of Authenticity. The estimate is set at between £29,430 – £38,630, and bidding on the watch is currently £10,117 with just over 7 days still to go.
Buy in confidence from Catawiki
Because these rare pieces are being auctioned by Catawiki you can be assured they are genuine. Why? Because identity checks are performed before any Seller can offer goods on the site. Not only that, there is an experienced auctioneer behind the sale of every watch, so the auctioneer’s reputation is staked on the authenticity of the piece.