Lot 27, F.P. Journe Chronomètre à Résonance in Pink Gold
Journe’s Résonance has always fascinated me, ever since it was presented with the turn of the Millennium, the fact that he managed to recreate in a wristwatch, what Janvier had first created in a pendulum is mind boggling.
The Résonance with its two balances that enter resonance and as such even out each other’s rates has become a Journe signature. The present example is not only mechanically cutting edge but also an incredibly attractive watch with its pink gold case and salmon dial that give the watch a somewhat flamboyant flair. The Resonance is a 21st century icon! -Alexandre Ghotbi, Head of Department, Continental Europe and Middle East
Lot 25, Roger Dubuis Sympathie in White Gold
An absolute sight to behold, the present watch is one of the most striking timepieces in the sale. The present perpetual calendar chronograph is cased in Dubuis' signature Sympathie case, crafted in white gold and made at a time where the master watchmaker was still at the helm of his eponymous brand. Roger Dubuis was one of the first watchmakers to use retrograde indicates and it is thanks to this feature that the watch presents a dynamic and legible dial.
Displaying the Geneva seal, the movement is based on the celebrated Lemania 2310 that can be found in the Patek Philippe ref 3970 and 5970. The watch itself offers even more than just technical prowess and good looks - it represents a period of time, when now-household names such as F.P. Journe, Philippe Dufour and Roger Smith were experimenting, producing their very first prototypes, pushing the boundaries of watchmaking and re-defining the meaning of watchmaking. Industry veterans will look back at this golden period of horology as the cradle of Independent Watchmaking, with doses of both pride and nostalgia. -Tiffany To, Head of Sale, Senior International Specialist
Lot 47, Audemars Piguet Star Wheel in Yellow Gold
Contained within the centre of the dial is the main attraction of the present timepiece – the wandering-hours display. A watch with no hands; the Star Wheel must be one of, if not, the most daring and avant-garde timepieces in the Audemars Piguet collection.
Joining creativity, beauty and technical wonder, the asymmetrical time display is made thanks to three rotating sapphire disks with printed hours rotating on a centre wheel respectively pointing to the minutes on the upper part of the dial.
The watch feels slim on the wrist, measuring a subtle 36mm, yet its delicate engine turned guilloché lower dial, and stepped yellow gold case gives it undeniable gravitas.
This is a watch that will delight the collector who is looking for a rare and elegant timepiece that will keep on surprising every time one lays eyes on it. -Clara Kessi, Client Relations Manager and Auctioneer
Lot 32, Schwarz Etienne X Kari Voutilainen Roma Synergy in Stainless Steel
Created in 1902, Schwarz Etienne masters the design and manufacture of his movements and most of his watch components - including the regulating organ of the watch.
Part of the Roma Collection, the present Roma Synergie is a fantastic collaboration between Kari Voutilainen and Schwarz Etienne. A timepiece that embodies the best of the two manufacturers. While the movement is designed and manufactured by Schwarz Etienne, the dial and the movement decoration have been made by “Les Ateliers Kari Voutilainen”.
Featuring a stunning royal blue dial beautifully hand guilloché by Voulitainen with Sun, Fish and Waves pattern. The combination of the three patterns gives a dramatic depth to the dial subtly complemented by silver Arabic numerals and hands.
The movement also received a special hand guilloché emanating from the balance wheel and a gilt plate proudly mention the collaboration between the two artisans.
The present watch is number 21of a 50-piece limited edition. It is offered in excellent condition with its full range of accessories and an extra orange crocodile strap. -Virginie Liatard, Specialist
Lot 35, Cartier Tank Chronographe Monopoussoir in Pink Gold
Since its launch in 1917, the Tank has been an icon among wristwatches cherished by politicians, stars, and royalty alike. Inspired by the design of a combat vehicle from above, it has seen many design alterations, while keeping its original essence. The first Tank Monopoussoir Chronograph was produced as a unique piece in 1935.
The present model is part of the Collection Privée Cartier Paris that was launched in 1998. Thanks to this initiative, Cartier brought back to life laying dormant historic designs from their own archives. While the limited collection was based on historic designs, the inside was equipped with modern mechanical movements, such as the present calibre 045MC, a THA ébauche that was pioneered by F.P. Journe and was crucial in the early careers of independent watchmakers like Denis Flageollet and Vianney Halter.
Due to its limited production, it is extremely rare to find timepieces from this collection at auction and therefore it is even more exciting to have number 47 of 100 in this sale. -Dominik Teichert, Digital Content Coordinator
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