Lot No. 423 (94th Auction)
Christian Klings, Dresden, Movement No. 2, 46 mm, 78 g, circa 2015

A gentleman's unique pocket watch - tourbillon with self-starting detent escapement. With moon phase, power reserve indicator and auxiliary seconds with hack feature - Tourbillon No. 2 - with original box
Case: 18k gold, glazed on reverse side. Dial: silver, hand-engraved numerals. Movm.: bridge movement, finest mirror polished tourbillon steel cage, gold screw compensation balance.

Christian Klings conceived a self-starting detent escapement by means of an extra pair of springs connected to the gear train that lock the balance once the mainspring is empty. Once wound up, the movement of the gear train unlocks the spring, releasing the balance wheel - an accomplishment that was historically impossible.

Christian Klings, born in 1957 in Dresden Germany, is a highly skilled artist, manufacturing unique wristwatches with various complications. The process of creating such masterpieces with old traditional watchmaking tools requires incredible mechanical ability of extraordinary talents.His skill of making watches depends mostly on the touch of his hands, and not the machinery. The detail of the mechanism is visible through the exhibition back, and sometimes on the dialside of the watch. Some of his designs and innovations, like tourbillon Nr.7, or modified versions of pivoted detent escapements in wristwatches which are resistant against shock, cover one of the most difficult aspects of watchmaking. Some of his complicated timepieces may have more appeal to the scientist than the watch collector.

Already as a child, Christian developed a keen interest, figuring out, how mechanics work. When he was eleven years old, his father brought him a watchmakers lathe. Since than, Christian could not stay away from watches anymore. At 16 years of age, he served an apprenticeship as a watchmaker with very good results. Soon after that, Christian opened his own business in antique clock and watch restoration. 1996 he started to build his own watches with various complications.

The ingenuity and craftsmanship reminds of the inventive spirit of watchmaking in the 17th and 18th century. Sometimes, it takes a lot of research, and experimenting, figuring out new mechanical constructions, or other designs. Christian prefers to create single unique timepieces. Therefore his work is limited to serve the needs of watch collectors.
Estimate  40,000 - 60,000 €
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