Marc Brogsitter - The Geneva Watch Auction: XIX featuring the Guido Mondani Collection Geneva Saturday, May 11, 2024 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Marc Brogsitter
    Year: Circa 2008
    Reference No: 2181
    Movement No: 6003
    Case No: 003
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal 794T, 23 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Brogsitter pin buckle
    Dimensions: 55mm length lug to lug and 32mm width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by fitted box, certificate of origin, unstamped guarantee booklet, user manual and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    It is with great exhilaration and pleasure that we offer for the very first time at auction a timepiece from Marc Brogsitter, a name that only the cognoscenti will recognize, a man who entered the watch market with critical applause in 2005. It was in a booth at Basel Watch Fair that Philippe Dufour grabbed many collectors by their hand telling them to follow him as he wanted to show them something “extraordinary”, and it was Brogsitter’s first prototypes. Marc Brogsitter was not a watchmaker but a collector with an intense passion for observatory movements and watches made in the 30s-50s. It is when giving his watches to German watchmaker Karsten Frässdorf for servicing that the duo decided to work together and create rectangular watches with rectangular movements highly inspired by the watches of the past.

    The duo were joined by another watchmaker, Urs Gottscheu, whom like Frässdorf had worked at Gübelin under the genius of Richard Daners. The team decided to create the movements ground up and not work from pre-existing ebauches, the technical aspects were the responsibility of the watchmakers whilst Brogsitter impulsed the design. This resulted in two models (with 2 different cases each) one with a constant force escapement and the other a sublime tourbillon – the present example. Made in only 5 pieces in white gold – of which the present watch is number 3 - the watch features a large stepped case with incredible brushed and polished surfaces, a beautifully guilloché dial with bold indexes. The movement is mind boggling with its large 17mm (!) tourbillon cage, beautifully finished mirror polished tourbillon bridge and low beat frequency. Only a handful of watches were delivered until the trio decided to go their separate ways making the present watch not only incredibly rare but also a milestone in the history of independent watchmaking, a timepiece that brought together great passionate minds pushing the boundaries of watchmaking and re-defining the meaning of horology.


Ref. 2181
An incredibly rare and impressive white gold tourbillon wristwatch with certificate and box

Circa 2008
55mm length lug to lug and 32mm width
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF35,000 - 70,000 

Sold for CHF63,500

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIX featuring the Guido Mondani Collection

Geneva Auction 11 - 12 May 2024