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Grande Complications – The Minute Repeater


By de Boulle on July 18th, 2012

Fine timepieces from the likes of like Patek Philippe, Breguet, Blancpain, and Girard-Perregaux have evolved greatly over time. One such complication that came into being because of this technological evolution is the minute repeater. This grande complication allows one wearing wristwatches with the complication to make the timepiece chime the time. One can then not only see the time, but can also hear it played musically! This is all accomplished through a purely mechanical design and because of this it has been dubbed as the most extraordinary grande complication of fine timepieces. The engineering and complexity involved within such a timepiece make the minute repeater a brilliant demonstration of a watchmaker’s skill level and expertise.

Below are some of the most talked about minute repeater watches from brands like Patek Philippe, Breguet, and Girard-Perregaux. deBoulle Diamond & Jewelry is an authorized dealer of each of the watches shown in the photos below. If deBoulle can find you any more information about a particular timepiece or if you simply have questions about the watches please don’t hesitate to call: (214) 522 – 2400.

 


The featured watch above is the Breguet 5447pt/1e/9v6 in platinum.

 

 

Girard-Perregaux recently released the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater. The watch was officially released during SIHH 2012.

Girard-Perregaux E09-0001 movement

Mechanical manual winding

Power reserve: minimum100 hours

“Rounded” gold balance bridge, half-arrow type

 

 

In 2011, Patek Philippe unveiled the Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Minute Repeater Ref. 3939 at the Only Watch 2011 Charity Auction that benefited medical research for the Duchenne Muscular Distrophy. The auction of this fine timepiece took place on September 22nd and sold for €1.4 million or $1,838,480


Come back soon for more information and always make sure to see the list of brands for which deBoulle is an authorized dealer. Also, never forget to check our frequently updated pre-owned watch inventory!  


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