Daniel Roth - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVII Geneva Saturday, May 13, 2023 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Daniel Roth
    Year: Circa 1990
    Reference No: C117
    Movement No: 23
    Case No: 23
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. DR114, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Daniel Roth pin buckle
    Dimensions: 35mm width x 38mm length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Daniel Roth undated and unstamped Certificate of Origin, product literature, additional Daniel Roth alligator strap, fitted presentation box and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    The importance of Daniel Roth in today’s success of independent watchmaking cannot be underscored enough. By creating his eponymous brand in 1987 after having worked at Audemars Piguet and creating what is contemporary Breguet, he was one the earliest master watchmakers who decided to go independent and put his vision and talent in a watch with his name on the dial.

    He immediately created an unmistakable signature design with the ellipsocurvex case shape, hands with pointed tips and dials with a horizontal or Clous de Paris guilloché patterns.
    Roth’s perpetual calendar was conceived originally with Philippe Dufour – whose workshops were only a stone’s throw away from Roth’s Vallée de Joux ateliers. The goal was to create the world’s first instantaneous perpetual calendar whereby all the calendar functions would jump to the next increment at the same time at midnight.
    However, due to the weight of the day and month discs the movement would require too much energy and this proved technically challenging and as such Roth retained the more classical “semi instantaneous” system for this watch.

    A superb example of Roth’s talent, the present perpetual calendar entices due to its good looks, legibility, rarity and ultimate historical importance.


Ref. C117
An attractive and rare white gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with leap year indication, certificate of origin and presentation box

Circa 1990
35mm width x 38mm length
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF25,000 - 50,000 

Sold for CHF63,500

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVII

Geneva Auction 13 - 14 May 2023