Destined to become the world’s first spherical tourbillion, the Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Gyrotourbillon 1 was indeed an instant revelation of the innovative potential of the Swiss watchmaker. Following the exotic Gyrotourbillon 1 timepiece’s amazing success, Jaeger-LeCoultre created its worthy successor, the Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2 characterized by technically innovative nature, the swiveling case of the Reverso. And, the most appealing characteristic of this caliber 174 timepiece was its cylindrical-shaped balance spring with end curves, which was totally new in wristwatches, making it one of the most collectible Reverso ever made. Now, out of the total of 75 pieces ever created, one rare example of Jaeger-LeCoultre ‘Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2’ Platinum with Ref. 233.64.20, No.72/75 will be up for grabs for worldwide Jaeger-LeCoultre collectors at the August 25th Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces auction held in Hong Kong by Antiquorum, the world’s leading auction house specializing in horology.
This extraordinary watch circa 2009 is described to be a large and beautiful reversible platinum wrist-watch with visible Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 174, along with inclined two-cage multi-axis spherical tourbillion, and functions which includes 50 hour power-reserve, 24-hour indication, and 1000 Hours Control. The watch comes in an oversized platinum Reverso case measuring 16 mm thick, and has 373 parts, 58 jewels, along with a movement that runs at 28,800 vph.
The watch is estimated to fetch a price of $154,680 to $219,130. However, we have earlier seen the sale of Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon 1 at the price of $339,995, which is much higher than the price expected for ‘Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2’ Platinum on sale at the Antiquorum auction. Also, it’s reported that another example of Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2 was sold on eBay for $279,499.
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