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Ulysse Nardin

The Trilogy of Time A set of three limited edition pink gold automatic celestial wristwatches, Circa 2000

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Ulysse Nardin

Ulysse Nardin

The Trilogy of Time A set of three limited edition pink gold automatic celestial wristwatches, Circa 2000

The Trilogy of Time A set of three limited edition pink gold automatic celestial wristwatches, Circa 2000

The Trilogy of Time

A set of three limited edition pink gold automatic celestial wristwatches, Circa 2000 


Reference 876-99 Tellerium Johannes Kepler

A limited edition pink gold automatic celestial dual time wristwatch with month, signs of the zodiac, moon phases and day/night indication


Dial: blue cloisonné enamel dial

Caliber: finely pierced and engraved automatic

Movement number: 87.13.080

Case: 18k pink gold, sapphire display back

Case number: No. 15/20

Closure: 18k pink gold Ulysse Nardin buckle

Size: diameter 43 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement


Reference 996-77 Astrolabium Galileo Galilei

A limited edition pink gold automatic celestial wristwatch with equinoctial time, local time, months, signs of the zodiac, elevation and azimuth of the sun and moon on a planisphere, diurnal and nocturnal hours, and moon phases


Dial: tri-color dial below a rotating sapphire disc

Caliber: finely pierced and engraved automatic

Movement number: 91.7.326

Case: 18k pink gold , sapphire display back

Case number: No. 15/20

Closure: 18k pink gold Ulysse Nardin buckle

Size: diameter 40 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement


References 836.77 Planetarium- Copernicus

A limited edition pink gold automatic celestial wristwatch with revolving dial discs representing six planets, months, signs of the zodiac, sun and moon indication, and domed sapphire crystal representing 12 planetary sectors from earth's perspective


Dial: blue and pink dial composed of revolving rings, sapphire crystal subdivided in 12 sectors

Caliber: finely pierced and engraved automatic

Movement number: 80.311

Case: 18k pink gold, sapphire display back

Case number: No. 15/20

Closure: 18k pink gold Ulysse Nardin buckle

Size: diameter 40 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement


Accessories: Uylsse Nardin limited edition winding presentation box, three bi-folds, three Certificate cards, world service booklets, instructional booklets for each timepiece, a set of watch tools, and polishing cloth



Case: Cases for each timepiece are in overall very good condition with light surface wear and scuffs from occasional use. Light even patina throughout. Buckles with equivalent wear and scuffing.


Dial: Dials in excellent condition.


Movements: The movement is running at time of cataloging, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.


***Please be advised that the bands on this watch are made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) and thus not sold with the watch, they are for display purposes only. We will remove these bands prior to international shipping.***


Please note that the restricted species straps are with wear from previous use. The leather presentation box is not tested for operation and is with some wear and tear to the leather.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome). Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species. Please be advised that wristbands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

First launched in the mid 1980’s, the “Trilogy of Time” line of watches were produced to honor three brilliant names in the world of astronomy: Galileo Galilei, Copernicus, and Johannes Kepler.


In the 16th century, the study of astronomy took a dramatic turn when the Pole, Nicolaus Copernicus refuted the Ptolemaic theory of an Earth-centered universe and demonstrated that the movement of the planets can only be explained by assuming the central position of the Sun.


The Italian Galileo found evidence to support the Copernican heliocentric theory after the invention of the telescope. Apart from discovering the phases of Venus and four moons orbiting Jupiter and thus proving that Copernicus was right, he also made the discovery that the Milky Way was made of a myriad of individual stars. Subsequently, Joannes Kepler, assistant to Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe and using his data, formulated the laws of planetary motion after discovering the elliptical orbits and varying speeds of the different planets. 


Conceived by the groundbreaking haute horologist Ludwig Oechslin and first launched in 1985, The Astrolabium wrist-watch was the first of a Trilogy of Time with its complex instrument indicates the position of the Sun, the Moon and the stars as seen from Earth, and in addition, it also tells sunrise and sunset, dawn and dusk, moon phases, moonrise and moonset, eclipses of sun and moon.

 

The Planetarium Copernicus shows the astronomical positions of the five main planets in relation to the Sun and the Earth and was launched in 1988, with third and last instrument of the Trilogy is the Tellurium Johannes Kepler unveiled in 1992.


The current Trilogy launched in 2010, are cased in 18k pink gold with dials designed to offer a harmony between the three pieces. The Trilogy of time was offered in pink gold, yellow gold, and platinum.