George Daniels
AN 18K YELLOW GOLD ONE-MINUTE TOURBILLON WITH DANIELS SLIM CO-AXIAL ESCAPEMENT, MINUTE REPEATING, INSTANTANEOUS PERPETUAL CALENDAR, EQUATION OF TIME, MOON-PHASES, THERMOMETER AND POWER RESERVE INDICATION CIRCA 1987 THE GRAND COMPLICATION WATCH
Estimate
500,000800,000
LOT SOLD. 914,850 GBP (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)
JUMP TO LOT
George Daniels
AN 18K YELLOW GOLD ONE-MINUTE TOURBILLON WITH DANIELS SLIM CO-AXIAL ESCAPEMENT, MINUTE REPEATING, INSTANTANEOUS PERPETUAL CALENDAR, EQUATION OF TIME, MOON-PHASES, THERMOMETER AND POWER RESERVE INDICATION CIRCA 1987 THE GRAND COMPLICATION WATCH
Estimate
500,000800,000
LOT SOLD. 914,850 GBP (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

The George Daniels Horological Collection

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George Daniels
AN 18K YELLOW GOLD ONE-MINUTE TOURBILLON WITH DANIELS SLIM CO-AXIAL ESCAPEMENT, MINUTE REPEATING, INSTANTANEOUS PERPETUAL CALENDAR, EQUATION OF TIME, MOON-PHASES, THERMOMETER AND POWER RESERVE INDICATION CIRCA 1987 THE GRAND COMPLICATION WATCH
• gilt brass movement with single going-barrel, 36-hour duration, Daniels slim Co-Axial escapement mounted in a polished steel one-minute tourbillon carriage under a polished steel balance cock, mono-metallic stainless steel three-arm balance with gold adjusting weights, differential screw mechanism for the reserve of winding, instantaneous perpetual calendar mechanism to Daniels' design with retrograde date and indication of leap-year cycle, annual calendar ring with kidney cam and equation of time indication, minute repeating on two gongs, bi-metallic thermometer • silver engine-turned dial with gold chapter and seconds ring, roman numerals, retrograde date indication, centigrade thermometer within the seconds ring, subsidiary dials for days of the week and month with concentric leap-year cycle indication, aperture for moon-phases, gold Daniels hands for hours, minutes and seconds, blued steel calendar hands, cartouche signed Daniels London Daniels keyless pendant and bow winding, repeating slide and calendar setting in the band, glazed aperture in the case back to reveal quadrants for the equation of time, year calendar and power-reserve • dial and movement signed • with yellow gold double-link chain
diameter 61 mm
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Exhibited

The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers Exhibition, British Clock and Watchmaking today, 19th October - 6th November, 1987
George Daniels Retrospective Exhibition, Exhibit No.22, Sotheby's London, 18-23 July, 2006

Literature

George Daniels, All in Good Time, 2006, p. 85, plate 22
George Daniels, A Practical Watch Escapement, p. 77

Catalogue Note

Accompanied by a George Daniels presentation case.

Dr. Daniels said that that the grand complication was made to show the complexity that is unavoidable in a watch designed to demonstrate the artists craftsman's work.

The early Daniels watches were extremely simple and classic in their design, this watch was in complete contrast. It is a masterpiece of 
engineering incorporating an impressive number of features. The watch includes temperature indication, phases of the moon, equation of time, state of winding and not to mention perpetual calendar. To further impress all the calendar functions are advanced instantaneously at midnight, something rarely accomplished in a watch.  

Andrew Crisford, Introduction to The George Daniels Retrospective Exhibition, Sotheby's, p.18.

The Grand Complication was exhibited at the Clockmakers' Company in London during an exhibition dedicated to the watchmaker as an artist craftsman. Although Dr. Daniels had hoped that this idea would grow into a biannual event, the 1987 exhibition was the only such exhibition held.

The George Daniels Horological Collection

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London