2. Past Time
In the past 10 years I have only had 3 other VdK pieces come through my hands previously. Unusually I think, two of them have been 18K RG Eclips watches, like this piece.
An astronomical beauty, with a lovely silver guilloche dial and a glowing red gold case. This piece shows the wearer the date, month moonphase with a sun & moon indicator at 12 o'clock together with it's namesake complication, the dial at 6 o'clock showing the solar or lunar eclipse. Christiaan employed the venerable hand engraver Benzinger to decorate the caliber with a 18K solid gold rotor, guilloched by hand.
It comes with all original boxes and papers and has had only one owner.
Listing Price: $27,300
And now the lovely hand engraved & guilloched caliber by Benzinger:
Cased in a massive 42mm platinum case, somewhat reminiscent of a chronograph owing to the two pushers on the crown side, this lovely piece by the venerable and still independent watchmaking house of Ulysse Nardin is a real gem of a find.
The beautifully hand carved and engraved 18k automaton Jacquemart who hammers the bell as the watch strikes the hours, is a sight to behold. Taken from the Venice clocktower where the original Jacquemarts reside.
It comes with all original boxes and papers and is in very fine condition.
Listing Price: $130,000
And the back showing off the 22K rotor for the selfwinding caliber. Note, the chiming mechanism is still manually wound by hand.