Christian Klings - The Geneva Watch Auction: XIX featuring the Guido Mondani Collection Geneva Saturday, May 11, 2024 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Christian Klings
    Year: Circa 2008
    Movement No: N°6
    Model Name: Tourbillon N°6
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, 19 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold pin buckle signed CK
    Dimensions: 42mm Diameter
    Signed: Dial, movement and crown signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    It is with great pleasure and pride that we bring to the international auction market for the very first time a Christian Klings tourbillon wristwatch, consigned by the original owner.

    Christian Klings is a revered name of independent watchmaking, a discreet watchmaker who in the course of a 30 plus years career has made less than 35 watches but his impact has been immense whether with the collecting community or with his fellow watchmakers. Klings is as much an artist as he is a watchmaker and thus focuses on creating bespoke timepieces upon commission from savvy collectors. His creations - with an almost unheard of degree of hand work using traditional tools and techniques- have ranged from a 10-second tourbillon with a free balance escapement, to detent escapements to highly finished time-only watches with single-beat escapements.

    In a recent interview published on Phillips website Klings said: “The watches I make now need to be simple, have a clean look, a classic design, and an aesthetically pleasing movement with a high degree of finish. I want my movement designs to have a calming effect.”

    The present Tourbillon number 6 is true to the master’s ethos: a slim case, hand guilloché dial with circular motif and silver chapter ring with hand engraved numerals frame a large 15mm tourbillon cage held by a beautifully finished cylindrical bridge. The large movement is also devoid of any frills with the blue screws, red rubies and gold chaton adding a dash of color. Interestingly the fourth wheel, connected to the tourbillon, sits on top of the movement to reduce the height of the movement.

    Klings has made only 12 tourbillon wristwatches, each of them different, making the present N°6 unique and offering the rare opportunity to own a timepiece by a watchmaker of incredible talent who unfortunately has stopped making watches.


A unique and stunning yellow gold tourbillon wristwatch

Circa 2008
42mm Diameter
Dial, movement and crown signed

CHF80,000 - 160,000 

Sold for CHF355,600

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIX featuring the Guido Mondani Collection

Geneva Auction 11 - 12 May 2024