Beat Haldimann - The Geneva Watch Auction: XV Geneva Saturday, May 7, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Beat Haldimann
    Year: 2018
    Reference No: H12
    Movement No: 2015H
    Case No: Case engraved AM XY
    Model Name: Central Balance
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. H12, 19 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Haldimann pin buckle
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Haldimann fitted box, Certificate, catalogue and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Based in the picturesque Swiss town of Thun, Beat Haldimann has been making watches under his name for the past two decades. Visiting his workshops no CNC machines will be found, he works only with his hands using the most traditional methods for a production of only a few pieces each year.

    Haldimann’s original creations were complications such as repeaters, tourbillons simple or double with a resonance system. His approach was not only horological but also philosophical with the creation of a watch with a central tourbillon with no hands (H3) and even a timepiece with a darkened crystal blocking the view on the hands thus keeping time but not showing it (H9).

    In 2013 Haldimann took his no frills design philosophy to a new level by launching two pieces indicating hours and minutes (H11) and hours, minutes and offset seconds (H12). The movements featured a surprising hand frosted full plate with only the balance and balance bridge originally placed at the centre visible as well as the crown wheel, ratchet wheel and click.

    The present example housed in a classic 39mm steel case features a gorgeous two tone blue grené dial with hand engraved numerals. The present watch has a unique feature as the tip of the hands feature luminous material upon request of the client (as opposed to hollow hands on the “regular” pieces).

    Coming from the original owner the present timepiece is an ode to simplicity and craftsmanship from one of the most elusive independent watchmakers.

    Please note that Haldimann offers a life long service for his watches.


Ref. H12
An incredibly well made stainless steel wristwatch with central balance, certificate and presentation box

39mm Diameter
Dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF25,000 - 50,000 

Sold for CHF144,900

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XV

Geneva Auction 7 - 8 May 2022