Andersen Geneve - The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN New York Saturday, December 10, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Andersen Geneve
    Year: 2022
    Reference No: 634 "Time for Art/Swiss Institute"
    Case No: Pièce Unique
    Model Name: Jumping Hours "Time for Art/Swiss Institute"
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. FP 11.50, 29 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum Buckle
    Dimensions: 38mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed. Movement ring additionally engraved "Time for Art 2022 Swiss Institute"
    Accessories: Accompanied by Andersen Genève certificate and warranty and presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This Jumping Hours Timepiece with electric purple, 21 karat “BlueGold” dial, a Pièce Unique made for the TimeForArt benefit auction, exemplifies ANDERSEN Genève’s founder Svend Andersen’s approach to watchmaking at its most inventive and artisanal. The Jumping Hours, in which the hour is shown digitally while minutes are indicated by a hand, is one of watchmaking’s most elegant traditional complications. ANDERSEN Genève has now taken this genre to new levels of artistry and beauty. With this watch, ANDERSEN Genève presents an exceptionally refined interpretation of the classic Jumping Hours complication. The hour is indicated through an aperture at 12 o’clock, while the minutes tick by discreetly on a beautiful sub-dial at 6 o’clock.

    The rest of the dial forms a canvas on which to exhibit the most outstanding craftsmanship, with a mesmerizing “magic losange” hand guilloché pattern engraved into a dial surface made from a signature ANDERSEN Genève material: 21 karat BlueGold. To achieve this incredibly rare material that is used almost uniquely in watchmaking by ANDERSEN Genève, 21 karat gold mixed with iron elements is heated in an oven, turning it a radiant shade of blue. In this completely artisanal process, no two dials emerge with quite the same tonality, making every dial unique. For this Pièce Unique, an electric purple tone was achieved. With its chromatic vibrance and dynamic patterns, the piece builds upon the legacies of American conceptualist Sol Lewitt and British artist Bridget Riley, whose colorful paintings popularized the genre of Op art. What comes to the fore in this magnificent timepiece is an unparalleled aesthetic harmony generated from precise visual logic and virtuosic craft. Emblazoned with “NYC – 2022”, this piece embodies the fearless artistic visions of Swiss Institute.

    The reverse of the watch is no less artful: a sapphire crystal caseback reveals the beautiful anglage and hand-finishing of the movement, and the 18 karat yellow gold rotor magnificently decorated with a “grain d’orge” hand guilloché pattern. In the center of the rotor, one can recognize the “A” ANDERSEN Genève logo that has been hand-engraved by a master engraver. Surrounding this, a ring of 21 karat BlueGold (electric purple color) is also hand-engraved with the text “Swiss Institute 2022 Time for Art”.

    The watch is powered by the Frédéric Piguet 11.50 movement, one of the finest automatic calibers in Swiss watchmaking. Its ultra-slim dimensions make it a perfect base to carry the jumping hours mechanism developed and assembled in-house by ANDERSEN Genève, while its two-barrel architecture ensures a long power reserve of 60 hours.

    Generously donated by ANDERSEN Genève, the watch is being sold to benefit the missions of Swiss Institute.

    The buyer of this lot may be eligible to receive a charitable tax deduction for their purchase. Please see section 10 of this Auction’s Conditions of Sale.


Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 634 "Time for Art/Swiss Institute"
A unique platinum jump hours wristwatch with hour and minute display, subsidiary seconds, guilloché dial, certificate, and presentation box, sold to benefit Swiss Institute

38mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed. Movement ring additionally engraved "Time for Art 2022 Swiss Institute"

$20,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $56,700

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The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN

New York Auction 10 - 11 December 2022