Daniel Roth - Phillips Watches Online Auction: The Hong Kong Sessions, Fall 2023 Hong Kong Thursday, September 21, 2023 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Daniel Roth
    Year: Circa 1996
    Reference No: C207
    Case No: 132
    Model Name: Small Seconds
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 32 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Daniel Roth pin buckle
    Dimensions: 38mm length x 35mm width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    - Daniel Roth established himself as an early pioneer of independent watchmaking when he founded his eponymous brand in 1989. Alongside disruptors like Urwerk, MB&F and Richard Mille, Roth laid foundations for today’s avant-garde watchmakers. With distinctive style, fresh design and technical brilliance, Roth quickly became a legend.

    - A fourth-generation watchmaker, Roth’s technical virtuosity led venerable Audemars Piguet to recruit him early in his career. Following his time at Audemars Piguet, Roth moved to Breguet, where his designs still leave an indelible imprint.

    - The legacy of the Daniel Roth brand, from the late 1990s through the early 2000s, can largely be divided into three periods: when Roth first established his marque after leaving Breguet in 1989; when The Hour Glass acquired a stake in 1995; and after Bulgari purchased the brand in 2001. Seasoned collectors pine for the rare, early pieces from before The Hour Glass era, which have become increasingly difficult to source and are swiftly acquired when they surface at market. During The Hour Glass period, Roth’s design language persisted, as evidenced by the guilloché dial and well-proportioned elliptical “ellipsocurvex” case.

    - The Daniel Roth Small Seconds Automatic is a renegade beauty that does things differently. This disruptive stunner channels the visionary watchmaker’s time at Breguet, seen in details like the cheeky steel blued hands. Made in the late 90s, it fuses Roth’s irreverent spirit with his eponymous brand.

    - The double-ellipse white gold case is a Roth signature that circumvents the crowd. Its audacious shape – conforming to neither round, square nor octagon – measures 38mm x 35mm, bold yet comfy. The small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock, with anchor-shaped hand, marries serenity and meticulousness.

    - The hand-engraved grey dial dazzles, while the signature guilloché pattern and brushed chapter ring achieve legibility through color contrasts and Roman numerals. “DANIEL ROTH” is proclaimed at 12 o’clock. For the collector who knows, this is a chance to acquire a classic timepiece numbered 132 from a pioneer who brought independent panache mainstream.


Ref. C207
A fine and exquisite white gold wristwatch with small seconds, guilloché dial and Roman numerals

Circa 1996
38mm length x 35mm width
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$50,000 - 80,000 

Sold for HK$107,950

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Phillips Watches Online Auction: The Hong Kong Sessions, Fall 2023

21-28 September 2023