YEAR: 1994
CASE MATERIAL: 18k pink gold, octagonal stepped case,
DIAMETER: 40 mm.
STRAP MATERIAL: Maroon CROCODILE leather strap
DIAL: Lavender mother-of-pearl dial with applied Arabic and luminous dot numerals, luminous hands, inner concentric retrograde date sector, five subsidiary dials indicating the power reserve for the striking and going-train, seconds, indication for Grande or Petite Sonnerie and Silence or Chime, windows for day, month and leap year indication.
MOVEMENT: Cal. 31000, self-winding, engraved and gilded with three-arm polished steel tourbillon carriage with Geneva Hallmark
FUNCTION: Time, minute repeater, perpetual calendar with retrograde date, power reserve indicator for the going train and striking mechanism, one-minute tourbillon
CLASP: Gérald Genta gold folding clasp
WITH: Gérald Genta Certificate of Origin, a humidity regulator, a polished wooden presentation box, and outer packaging

Ψ The endangered species straps shown here are for display purposes only and is not for sale. Upon sale, each watch will be supplied to the buyer with a black leather strap.

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Lot Essay

When it was introduced in 1994, the Gérald Genta Grand Sonnerie was the most complicated wristwatch in the world. With its characteristic pyramidal stacked case design and immensely complicated Cal. 31000 – composed of more than 1,000 parts in variants like this particular lot with retrograde date indicator – there was nothing quite like this wristwatch in the 1990s. The development of the movement was led by Pierre-Michel Golay, the brand’s technical director and co-founder, who would later go on to work for Franck Muller.
It is believed that about 24 Grand Sonnerie wristwatches were made during this period, most of them were one-offs when it came to case material and dial design. If you look closely on the engraved movement bridge, you can see Genta’s signature and the No.1 engraving, since all these watches were one-off. All these movements also carry the prestigious Geneva Hallmark (Poinçon de Genève) and feature haute horology finishing techniques like black polishing (on the tourbillon bridges).The mechanical watch renaissance, which began in the mid-1980s, had gathered enough momentum by the time Genta unveiled these pieces in 1994 to mark the 25th anniversary of his eponymous watch brand.

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