View full screen - View 1 of Lot 17. An original prototype design of a grand complication wristwatch, painted by Gérald Genta, with accompanying NFT, Circa 1994 | 傑洛・尊達 一幅 Grand Complication 腕錶原型設計圖,由傑洛・尊達繪製並附帶 NFT 証書,約1994年製.
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Gérald Genta

An original prototype design of a grand complication wristwatch, painted by Gérald Genta, with accompanying NFT, Circa 1994 | 傑洛・尊達 一幅 Grand Complication 腕錶原型設計圖,由傑洛・尊達繪製並附帶 NFT 証書,約1994年製

Gérald Genta

Gérald Genta

An original prototype design of a grand complication wristwatch, painted by Gérald Genta, with accompanying NFT, Circa 1994 | 傑洛・尊達 一幅 Grand Complication 腕錶原型設計圖,由傑洛・尊達繪製並附帶 NFT 証書,約1994年製

An original prototype design of a grand complication wristwatch, painted by Gérald Genta, with accompanying NFT, Circa 1994 | 傑洛・尊達 一幅 Grand Complication 腕錶原型設計圖,由傑洛・尊達繪製並附帶 NFT 証書,約1994年製

Gérald Genta

An original prototype design of a grand complication wristwatch, painted by Gérald Genta, with accompanying NFT, Circa 1994

傑洛・尊達

一幅 Grand Complication 腕錶原型設計圖,由傑洛・尊達繪製並附帶 NFT 証書,約1994年製


Medium: Watercolour on thick paper 

Dimensions: 212 x 147 mm

Circa date: 1994

Signed: Yes

Numbered: n/a


Brand: Gérald Genta

Model: Grande sonnerie

Complication: Grande and petite sonnerie, tourbillon, perpetual calendar, retrograde date, double power reserve

Remark: Two options for the bezel

Accompanied by: Design in the form of a NFT, digital certificate in the form of a NFT and authentication certificate

In excellent overall condition. Draft marks can be seen in certain lights and angles. On the reverse with a letter 'A'. Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.


"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."

One of Mr. Genta’s most important contributions to high watchmaking, this watch, which emulated the chimes of London’s Big Ben, was a first in many ways and included more than a thousand individual parts. Minute repeater, Westminster four-hammer chime, perpetual calendar, dual power reserve display, this watch is a true masterpiece of watch engineering that few have matched to this day. Before this, the Grand Sonnerie had only existed as a pocket watch. Genta made 20 in total, each of which is unique.

 

The present lot was hand painted by Genta in 1994 and is a true masterpiece. Again, designed in consultation with the Sultan of Brunei, this watch also has the pyramid form case to accommodate the 1,000 parts of the movement and to avoid the case being too thick. The present design is rarest still as it features the side profile of the case as well.