Romain Gauthier - The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN New York Saturday, December 10, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Condition Report

  • Description

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  • Manufacturer: Romain Gauthier
    Year: 2022
    Reference No: MON00552
    Movement No: TimeForArt
    Model Name: C by Romain Gauthier Platinum Edition, Unique Piece for TimeForArt
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. C, 24 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Rubber
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum pin buckle
    Dimensions: 41mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed Romain Gauthier. Dial additionally signed Anita Porchet.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Romain Gauthier certificate and presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    For TimeForArt, one of the world’s greatest enamel artists, Anita Porchet, and master watchmaker Romain Gauthier have united their expertise to create an exceptional, unique timepiece: a C by Romain Gauthier Platinum Edition, featuring an 18 karat white gold movement and sublimated by a miniature painting Grand Feu enamel dial signed by Anita Porchet. The piece captures the unfettered creativity of its two makers, demonstrating their inclination to honor heritage and tradition, while engaging new modes of artistic engagement.

    Given full carte-blanche for the very first time, Anita Porchet drew inspiration from Century botanical illustrations and the spiritual reverence found in Chinese ink wash paintings. Maxwell Hearn, head of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s renowned Department of Asian Art, writes that the aim of Chinese painters is “to capture not only the outer appearance of a subject but its inner essence as well—its energy, life force, spirit.” This ambition is channeled and realized with astounding beauty by Anita Porchet. Rendered in soft black strokes, the subject is rendered in the style of Qu Ding, a Song dynasty master painter. Raw, spontaneous, rich with contrasting light and dark tones contrasted with the bright red lines of the small-seconds dial, the piece is a reflection on the powerful relationship between nature and humanity. Together, this gem-like masterwork captures the divine transcendence that can only be accessed in the natural world.

    The background, a rare fusion of two enamels, imbues this once-in-a-lifetime piece with a flawless balance and sublime beauty. This extraordinary artistic dial perpetuates the watchmaker’s high caliber work, a harmonic blend of the brand’s legacy and future, a modern and casual approach contrasted by precious materials and refined craftsmanship. It is an exceptionally unique piece of C by Romain Gauthier Platinum Edition that perfectly reflects Gauthier’s vision: The Evolution of Tradition.

    Generously donated by Romain Gauthier, the watch is being sold to benefit the missions of Swiss Institute.

    The buyer of this lot may be eligible to receive a charitable tax deduction for their purchase. Please see section 10 of this Auction’s Conditions of Sale.

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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. MON00552
A unique platinum wristwatch with subsidiary seconds, miniature painting on enamel by Anita Porchet, white gold movement, certificate, and presentation box, sold to benefit Swiss Institute

2022
41mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed Romain Gauthier. Dial additionally signed Anita Porchet.

Estimate
$100,000 - 200,000 
CHF95,100-190,000
€96,400-193,000
HK$782,000-1,560,000
S$137,000-274,000

Contact Specialist

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Head of Watches, Americas

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Isabella Proia

Head of Sale, New York

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The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN

New York Auction 10 - 11 December 2022