In 1995, Piaget was part of the Vendôme group that would later become Richemont . By then, the group exclusively comprised Cartier and, gratitude to it having obtained them in 1988, Piaget and Baume et Mercier.
In this particular year, Piaget entered the most noteworthy finish of the watch market by delivering a grande sonnerie wristwatch to oblige two existing complicated watches in the exemplary Gouverneur line: a split-seconds chronograph and a perpetual schedule. Note: the gold-encased Gouverneur assortment was suspended by 2000, clearing a path for the comeback of the brand’s trademark Polo line.
In making the grande sonnerie, the company’s chiefs contracted François-Paul Journe to plan and make a functioning prototype. At that point, Journe was a freelance development originator and hadn’t officially founded F.P. Journe yet.
Measuring an extremely traditional 37 x 12 mm, Piaget’s new Caliber 1996P flagship complication featured a grande sonnerie, petite sonnerie, minute repeater, power save marker, and auxiliary seconds at 6 o’clock. It could likewise be set to either tolling or quiet mode utilizing a function selector that Journe in this manner utilized in his own image’s Sonnerie Souveraine (see The Sonnerie Souveraine By F.P. Journe: A Legend In Its Own Time ).
In fact, fans of F.P. Journe may likewise perceive another component: the obvious gongs in an irregular position on the dial; the gongs are generally noticeable just on the back on the periphery of the development. This, as well, was subsequently proven in Journe’s own sonnerie, yet was essentially inconceivable in 1995.
The 33-gem physically twisted development marked Piaget contained 350 components, twin spring barrels, and 36 hours of power reserve.
The Gouverneur grande sonnerie comprised an early example of an exceptionally complicated wristwatch of the freshly started mechanical renaissance and was extremely restricted in number. A Christie’s parcel note from the New York offer of one of every 2011 proposes that there may have been under ten by and large. The bartering price acknowledged for that piece at the time was $116,500.
A interesting pink gold specimen with a flinqué finish dial was sold by Antiquorum in 2006, with its list professing this instrument to be the littlest grande sonnerie development at any point made. As far as anyone is concerned, it probably still is.
Finally, an intriguing side note from a business perspective as it identifies with the independent watchmakers. My associate Ian Skellern reports Journe once uncovering to him that the cash he acquired from Piaget for making the grande sonnerie made it financially possible for him to dispatch his F.P. Journe brand.
Quick Facts Piaget Gouverneur Grande Sonnerie
Case: 37 x 12 mm, realized case metals yellow and pink gold
Development: physically twisted Caliber 1996P by François-Paul Journe for Piaget with striking complications and 36 hours of power save on account of twin spring barrels
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds; power save sign; grande sonnerie, petite sonnerie, minute repeater
Price: latest realized sale price $116,500
Constraint: under 10 pieces
* This article was first published on August 6, 2014 at A Moment In Watch History: Piaget x François-Paul Journe .
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