A very rare and attractive pink gold wristwatch with center seconds and sapphire rotor

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  • Manufacturer: Vianney Halter
    Year: circa 2010
    Case No: 18R.138.CL
    Model Name: Classic
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. VH100, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold pin buckle
    Dimensions: 36.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by fitted box and International Guarantee.
    Literature: Vianney Halter is featured in Masters of Contemporary Watchmaking by Michael Clerizo pp. 192-211, in Twelve faces of Time, Horological Virtuosos by Elisabeth Doerr and Ralf Baumgarten pp.106-121 and in Watchmakers, The Masters of art Horology by Maxima Gallery pp 178-189.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Vianney Halter is considered as one of the founders of Modern Independent Creative Horology. A movement born in the late 1990s a period bursting with creative energy that saw the arrival of young talented watchmakers perfectly mastering traditional horology and with experience in the restoration of historical timepieces. These watchmakers, such as Felix Baumgartner of Urwerk, Denis Flageollet of De Bethune or Vianney Halter decided to create a cut from classical designs to create something truly disruptive.

    After having taken the horological world by storm with his surprising Antiqua perpetual calendar, Vianney Halter launched the Classic in 2000. A steampunk UFO straight out of the whirlwinding imagination of Jules Verne or H.G. Wells, the Classic (named as such due to its round case) features a bezel with rivets on each hour marker inspired by the portholes of Captain Nemo’s Nautilus. The dial gleams in its architectural beauty, it is multileveled with an elegant mix of frosted and polished surfaces. The whole topped with flame blued hands.

    The automatic movement features an ingenious sapphire central rotor enabling a full view of the movement.

    It is important to note that every component on the dial, case and hands has been hand finished by Vianney Halter in his workshops in St Imier, Switzerland.

    The Classic was made in a total of 250 pieces in pink, yellow and white gold with different dial variants.

    The present Vianney Halter Classic offers the opportunity to the collector of independent artisans to own an extremely coveted and hard to find timepiece.

  • Maker Bio

    Vianney Halter

    Swiss • 1994

    Vianney Halter seeks to change how we view time and creates mechanical timepieces with retro-futuristic innovative timekeeping displays. One of his most famous models, the groundbreaking Anitqua, takes inspiration from the nineteenth century with an industrial, steampunk aesthetic, using a case with four separate dial displays that wowed collectors when it was first launched in 1998. For some of Halter's creations, literature — in particular that of Jules Verne — has been a source of inspiration. Halter continues to create futuristic case designs and works with complicated movements.

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A very rare and attractive pink gold wristwatch with center seconds and sapphire rotor

circa 2010
36.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF15,000 - 25,000 
€13,200-22,000
$15,400-25,600

sold for CHF37,500

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 81 89
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: EIGHT

Geneva Auction 10-11 November 2018