No. 32 was also the smallest tourbillon Clark produced. It features a different design from his others, including a carriage that revolves once every 50 seconds rather than the typical 60 seconds. The movement is also protected by a "sheet of sapphire, perforated for winding and setting." His accompanying letters provides instructions for winding and setting the watch, and it further explains the hack feature.
The small size of No. 32 can be traced to Clarks' interest in making a wristwatch tourbillon. To that end, he completed a minute repeating wristwatch in 2001. This wristwatch was made with the assistance of other craftsman and not totally his design, however. Clark found the work difficult, and he would write afterward that he would never make another one.
There are approximately seven tourbillon watches known by Clark. Sotheby's has had the honor of offering four of the seven pieces for sale, including the present example, No. 32. Clark did not use a consecutive numbering system, making No "32" a misnomer. He completed No. 5 in 1994, seven years after he completed No.7 in 1987, for instance. No. 32 is the final of the only seven masterpieces thought to exist.
Clark worked alone, and each hand-finished watch took several years to complete. No. 7 took Clark four years to finish, from 1983 to 1987. No. 4, a far more complex piece, also took four years to complete, from 1987 to 1991. For an illustration of No. 7, see Sotheby's, New York, June 22, 1988, lot 732, and for No.4, see Sotheby's, New York, October 27, 1998, lot 449. For No. 5 and No.1, his minute repeating wristwatch, see Sotheby's, New York, 2006, lot 321 and 322.
Like his other watches, Clark completed No. 32 in his Colorado workshop. In addition to fabricating the movement, case dial, hands, chain and key, he also smelted the gold for the case in order to get the color to his satisfaction. The only feature that Clark outsourced was the engraving, which was supplied by Lynton Mckenzie.
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