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Piaget

Created by François-Paul Journe: Gouverneur Grande Sonnerie Pink gold minute-repeater wristwatch with visible hammer, power-reserve and day/night indication Circa 1997 | 伯爵 |「Gouverneur Grande Sonnerie」粉紅金三問腕錶備透視報時音錘、動力儲存及晝夜顯示,François-Paul Journe 製作,年份約1997

Piaget

Piaget

Created by François-Paul Journe: Gouverneur Grande Sonnerie Pink gold minute-repeater wristwatch with visible hammer, power-reserve and day/night indication Circa 1997 | 伯爵 |「Gouverneur Grande Sonnerie」粉紅金三問腕錶備透視報時音錘、動力儲存及晝夜顯示,François-Paul Journe 製作,年份約1997

Created by François-Paul Journe: Gouverneur Grande Sonnerie Pink gold minute-repeater wristwatch with visible hammer, power-reserve and day/night indication Circa 1997 | 伯爵 |「Gouverneur Grande Sonnerie」粉紅金三問腕錶備透視報時音錘、動力儲存及晝夜顯示,François-Paul Journe 製作,年份約1997

Piaget


Created by François-Paul Journe:

Gouverneur Grande Sonnerie

Pink gold minute-repeating wristwatch with visible hammer, power-reserve and day/night indication 

Circa 1997


伯爵

「Gouverneur Grande Sonnerie」粉紅金三問腕錶備透視報時音錘、動力儲存及晝夜顯示,François-Paul Journe 製作,年份約1997


Dial: black

Calibre: cal. 1996P manual winding, 33 jewels

Case: 18k pink gold, snap-on back 

Case number: 645’952

Closure: 18k pink gold Piaget buckle

Dimensions: 37 mm

Signed: case, dial, movement and buckle

Box: no

Papers: no

Accessories: none

MVT: is not running at the time of cataloguing. The crown does not turn and the power reserve is stuck. The watch will need a service.

CASE: in good condition. It presents some surface scratches and minute dings.

DIAL: in excellent condition.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports 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. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. 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.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."


**Please be advised that bands 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."

In 1997 Piaget produced an extremely limited number of wristwatches featuring a grande and a petite sonnerie striking thanks to the mastery of watchmaker François-Paul Journe. This was elegantly achieved through the creation of the ultra-thin 13 ligne calibre 1996P movement with a width of just 6.7 mm despite having more than 350 parts. The precision and beauty of the mechanism can be appreciated thanks to a sapphire crystal display back and the striking hammers are visible through the dial. To activate the different striking modes the watch has button pushers on the sides as well as indicators near the 10 position of the subsidiary seconds dial of the selected mode.


It is thought that only a handful of these watches were actually made despite the original plan of creating ten examples of the Gouverneur Grande Sonnerie model. The present lot is in remarkable condition and will provide further horological interest to any collection.