YEAR: 1994
CASE MATERIAL: 18k yellow gold, octagonal stepped case with glazed caseback, "Vendôme" lugs with fluted middle portion
DIAMETER: 40 mm.
DIAL: Mother of pearl dial tritium dot hour markers, eight subdials for (starting at 12 o'clock) 24-hour display, power reserve indicator for the striking mechanism, months of the four year leap cycle with green circle indicating the current year in the cycle, power reserve indicator for the going train, date concentric with subsidiary seconds, Grande or Petite Sonnerie indication, days of the week and silence or striking indications, green baton hands for the subdials, red baton hand for the running seconds
MOVEMENT: Cal. 3100, self-winding, engraved and gilded with three-arm polished steel tourbillon carriage (PLEASE NOTE THE MOVEMENT IS NOT IN WORKING CONDITION)
FUNCTIONS: Minute-repeater, perpetual calendar, 24-hour additional display, 48-hour power reserve indicator, power reserve indicator for the striking mechanism, and with one-minute tourbillon
BUCKLE: Steel pin buckle

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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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 800 parts – 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 engraving No.1, since all these watches were one-off. All these movements also carry the prestigious Geneva Hallmark (Poinçon de Genève) and feature haute horology finshing 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 this eponymous watch brand. Manufactured in 1994, this yellow gold Grand Sonnerie is part of a series of only four examples: one in yellow gold (this lot), one in pink gold, one in white gold and one in platinum.

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