PIERRE KUNZ | SPIRIT OF CHALLENGE, REF G 403 SPORT LIMITED EDITION PVD-COATED STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH AM/PM INDICATION AND RETROGRADE REGISTERS CIRCA 2015
SPIRIT OF CHALLENGE, REF G 403 SPORT
LIMITED EDITION PVD-COATED STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH AM/PM INDICATION AND RETROGRADE REGISTERS
Dial: partially skeletonised
Calibre: cal. PK 2010-2328 automatic, 37 jewels
Case: pvd-coated stainless steel, back secured by 6 screws
Case number: limited edition 202/250
Closure: black rubber Pierre Kunz strap and pvp-coated stainless steel Pierre Kunz double-folding clasp
Dimensions: 44mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
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MVT: running at the time of cataloguing, all functions in working order.
CASE: in excellent condition throughout with no signs of wear.
DIAL: in excellent condition.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.
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Known by collectors as the master of retrograde, Pierre Kunz envisions innovative ways to display the elapsing time.
The present limited edition Spirit of Challenge in black pvp-coated stainless steel boasts a chronograph complication, with a twist.
The chronograph registers are unconventionally placed and showcase retrograde mechanisms, while the aperture at 6 o'clock displays a day/night indicator. As the time passes mid-day, the AM indicator switches to PM, alongside the hour markers which switch from their AM position to the new PM one. This outstanding mechanical spectacle can be observed against a semi skeletonised dial, revealing the intricacies of such a complex mechanical device.
Preserved in outstanding condition, the present example is numbered 202 out of only 250 pieces ever released. The retail price for such a complex timepiece was over 21,000 GBP.