The Great Auction

The Great Auction
You could own the Great Tour Watch

This beautiful pièce unique is being auctioned on my Instagram page here

 

The watch

The Great Tour Watch was made specifically for me to wear for my bike ride around the entire coast of Great Britain- 6,700km in 64 days – or 1.5 million pedal strokes.  I wanted to prove that elegant dress-watches can go wherever you want to take them.  This one has been through many days of very severe weather and survived a battering from holding the bars on extremely poor roads.

The Great Tour Watch is a pièce unique.  Based on the TEFNUT Pure, it has specially blued hands to represent the sea and to remind me of the special skill of Moritz Grossmann’s hand-makers every time I look at it.  The slender steel case is 39mm wide and 8.5mm deep.  The argenté dial is simple and crisp. The movement is Moritz Grossmann’s calibre 202.0.  Hand made with simple embellishments, the movement is clean and speaks to you like a tool watch.  Movement details are here: and the factory pictures of the watch are here

The auction lot

The auction lot includes:

  1. The Great Tour Watch – serviced and repolished
  2. A collection of pre-worn Hirsch straps
  3. A visit to Glashütte to collect the watch, see the manufactory and visit the amazing German Watch Museum. Travel to Germany is not included, but transfers, hotel and hospitality are all part of the auction.
Bidding

Bids can be made in the comments page of my Instagram post from September 5th

Opening bid is £4,000, ex VAT

The Auction is open until 6pm, September 12th

In the last hour of bidding, only bids from existing bidders are accepted.

A bid in the comments section must be verified by me and confirmed by the bidder to be accepted.

UK VAT of 20% will be added to the winning bid.

The causes

I am auctioning it to raise money for three causes:

  1. Diabetes UK https://www.diabetes.org.uk
  2. Ambitious About Autism https://www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk
  3. The Great Tour https://www.thegreattour.co.uk
Provenance

This lovely watch has been worn for every kilometre of the ride either by me or by one of these friends:

Andrew Ridgeley of Wham!; Pippa York, multiple grand tour King of the Mountains winner when she cycled as Robert Millar; Karen Darke, Paralympic hand-bike gold medallist, adventurer and my inspiration for the bad days; Chris Opie, professional cyclist and Tour Series winner; Steve Lampier, professional cyclist and team principal of Cornwall’s St Piran team; Rob Kennison, former GB world championship road cyclist; Andy Hawes, route director for the tour of Britain; Fiona Cockburn, Scottish Cycling non-exec and Scottish all-comers Everesting record holder; Tom Bishop, president of Scottish Cycling; Simon Kemp, head of medicine for the RFU, world leading concussion expert; Tim Baker, head of medicine for Cornish rugby; Wim Chalmet former Belgian amateur road racer, Highlander, headmaster and rock-like friend; Tim “Wayward” Haywood, University friend and terrible golfer; Martyn Craddock, trustee at Ambitious About Autism; Jonathan Durling, commercial director of the Tour of Britain and Women’s Tour; Neil John, cancer survivor and ten year Great Tour veteran;  Doug Brown, Scotland world championship orienteer

Technical details:

No. of parts:  196

No. of jewels:  26

Escapement:  Lever escapement

Oscillator:  Shock-resistant Grossmann balance with 4 inertia and 2 poising screws, Nivarox 1 balance spring

Balance Diameter:  10.0 mm, Frequency: 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour

Power reserve:  48 hours when fully wound

Case dimensions:  diameter: 39.0 mm, height: 8.5 mm

Movement:  dimensions diameter: 26.0 mm, height: 3.45 mm

Case:  Three-part, in stainless steel

Dial:  silver

Hands:  manually crafted, blued steel

Crystal and display back:  sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coating on one side

Strap:  Original Moritz Grossmann buckle in hand-stitched alligator with steel prong buckle, plus a selection of Hirsch straps worn during the Great Tour.