J.N. Shapiro - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI Geneva Saturday, November 5, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: J.N. Shapiro
    Year: 2021
    Movement No: 46
    Model Name: Infinity
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. UWD, 19 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Shapiro pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Cased, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Warranty card dated November 2021, leather card holder and fitted box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Joshua Shapiro’s story is what makes collecting watches from independent makers so exciting and diverse.

    Shapiro was a high school principle based in Los Angeles but his love for mechanics and watchmaking pushed him – during his free time – to spend seven years learning watchmaking and guilloché (or engine turning) with David Walters.

    His dexterity and natural abilities were so strong that he actually invented a new guilloché pattern that he calls the Infinity- a series of repeating patterns within repeating patterns. In 2018 he launched his eponymous brand with a watch model named after his guilloché pattern.

    The dials of his watches consist of a cavalcade of subtle patterns, all hand guilloché on a rose engine, and are made of seven parts secured together with screws rather than soldering, all of the markings on the dial are hand engraved, and then filled with ink. Each dial takes a whole month to complete.

    Whereas the dial is a tribute to classism the movement is resolutely contemporary, the movement is sourced from Uhren-Werke Dresden (UWD), a sister company of independent watchmaker Lang & Heyne. It has a distinct aesthetic with open-worked bridges, an adjustable mass balance wheel and a swan’s neck regulator index.

    The present Infinity n°46 in pink gold features an elegant ruthenium plated dial, blued proprietary Arabic numerals and a pink gold seconds hand and name plate giving it incredible charisma.

    We believe that this is the first Shapiro wristwatch to be offered in an international auction room and it presents a fantastic opportunity to own a timepiece from one of the spear heads of the rebirth of American independent horology.


A very attractive pink gold wristwatch with a superbly hand guilloché dial, warranty card and box

40mm Diameter
Cased, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF15,000 - 30,000 

Sold for CHF35,280

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022