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Thierry Ducret

Piece Unique No. 002 CHF 60 000

DETAILS

An extremely rare, unusual and spectacular time-only stainless-steel wristwatch from Thierry Ducret, a French independent watchmaker. Made in 2022–2023. Case in stainless steel, diameter 42 mm, mineral glass crystal and mineral glass caseback. Open-worked dial, with “T. Ducret” engraved on a screwed plate. Manual winding movement with central barrel, visible balance wheel and the gear, power reserve up to 45 hours. Functions – display of time in hours and minutes. Black leather strap with stainless-steel pin buckle. Unique piece. 

REASONS TO BUY

The Thierry Ducret No.02 'Monochrome' Piece Unique seems to be an attractive purchase for the collector and connoisseur of fine watchmaking due to its impressive 'exhibition design' and obvious craftsmanship. The master's innovative idea to create a beautiful and rare architecture of the caliber was expressed in an unusual arrangement, with a central mainspring barrel, while the balance, escapement and gear train concentrically surround it. It's definitely one of the most remarkable timepieces of modern independent watchmaking, which shows a growing interest in collector watches made with traditional technologies and a lot of handwork. The present watch has a strong and distinctive character and could well appeal to a connoisseur of the art of watchmaking as an exceptional daily wearer.

ABOUT THIS WATCH

The story of this independent watchmaker is off the beaten path. Thierry Ducret came up with the idea of starting his own business as an independent watchmaker in 2017. He's a professor of watchmaking at the prestigious Lyceé Edgar Faure in Morteau, France, where he himself had graduated. Previously, he was involved in the restoration of antique timepieces, and worked for the Pequignet and Michel Herrbelin brands from 1994 to 1996. In 2007, Thierry presented a pocket watch made by himself at the Best Craftsmen competition in France, where he was chosen as one of the winners.
A decade later, in 2017, he began working on the concept of an 'exhibition' architectural wristwatch with an openworked dial, a central barrel, a balance wheel, and a gear visible on the dial. As a basis for his project, he took the proven Eta / Unitas 6497 caliber, which was modified almost beyond recognition. In fact, only a few parts remained untouched, while in general only some of the original components of the caliber were used in a reworked state, especially the gear train, escapement and remontoir. Everything else is made by Thierry Ducret in his own workshop in Flangebouche (France). The aerodynamically shaped balance with its 12 adjusting screws is made of nickel silver, mainplate and bridges are made of brass and plated with black nickel to create a calm, technical, monochrome style. This style is further emphasized by the use of stainless steel for the case, also handmade by Thierry Ducret. 

The finishing of all components shows a high proportion of manual work. This is especially true of the flat polishing of the steel parts, the shot-blasting and chamfering of the bridges in the traditional trapezoidal shape, the circular graining of the wheels decorated with gray rhodium, the esthetic ball burnishing of the pins, the tips of the wheel axles, and the meticulous concave polishing of the recesses around the jewels, pins, and screws.

The number 02 engraved on a screwed plate on the back of the movement announces that this is the second wristwatch ever made by Thierry Ducret, confirming its extreme rarity and making it a very valuable collector's item. 

CONDITION REPORT

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DELIVERY & RETURNS

We offer worldwide delivery on all of our watches.

If ordering from Switzerland or Europe, your watch will be sent the same working week. The courier will depend on the value of the watch, with all watches delivered the next working week.

If ordering from outside Europe, delivery will depend on the choice of courier and destination.

You can cancel your order without giving any reason, within 14 days from the day the watch has been delivered to you.

WARRANTY

All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards.

Our pre-owned and vintage watches, unless stated otherwise, are covered by a full or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new.

All of our new watches are covered by the warranty from the original manufacturer. Please contact us for further information.

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