Arnold & Son - The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN New York Saturday, December 10, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Arnold & Son
    Year: 2022
    Reference No: 1LCBSZ01AK010S
    Case No: Swiss Made
    Model Name: HM Swiss Institute by Matt Copson
    Material: Stainless Steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. A&S1001, 21 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Rubber
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed Arnold & Son. Case additionally engraved Swiss Institute and Matt Copson
    Accessories: Accompanied by Arnold & Son Certificate of Guarantee confirming the watch is a unique piece, a wooden watch case by Matt Copson and a leather travel pouch

  • Catalogue Essay

    On the occasion of TimeForArt, the renowned programming of Swiss Institute inspired Arnold & Son to create a unique timepiece featuring two distinct faces, sold to benefit this independent non-profit contemporary art institution dedicated to promoting forward-thinking and experimental art. As a continuation of Arnold & Son’s explorations of the exchange between traditional haute horlogerie and contemporary art, the Swiss watchmaking house with English roots gave carte blanche to one of England’s most innovative artists, Matt Copson. Set against a metallic web embedded in a pristine white face that glows in the dark, the hour and minute hands of the watch are adorned with a spider and fly, respectively. The passage of time becomes an existential chase of prey and predator, turning the mechanisms of the piece into a darkly humorous fable. In his practice as an artist, Copson uses darkness and shadows to explore some of life’s most elusive questions. In this pièce unique, the artist distills these themes into a visually striking scene, brilliantly illuminated when viewed in dark environments.

    Generously donated by Arnold & Son, 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. 1LCBSZ01AK010S
A unique stainless steel wristwatch with luminous dial, spider web appliqué designed by Matt Copson, certificate, and presentation box, sold to benefit Swiss Institute

40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed Arnold & Son. Case additionally engraved Swiss Institute and Matt Copson

$8,000 - 16,000 

Sold for $12,600

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The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN

New York Auction 10 - 11 December 2022