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

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Vianney Halter
    Year: 2008
    Case No: 109R.319.CL
    Model Name: Classic
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. VH100, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold VH pin buckle
    Dimensions: 36.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Vianney Halter Certificate of Authenticity confirming production and sale of the present watch in 2008.
    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

    Rarely has a watchmaker had such an influence on his peers as Vianney Halter who took the world by surprise in 1998 with his incredibly original and unusual Antiqua perpetual calendar. A watch that set one of the first stones in what would be called a few years later Creative Independent Horology.

    The late 1990s was 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.

    In 2000, after his surprising Antiqua, Halter presented his personal vision of a three hand classical dress watch. A steampunk UFO straight out of the whirlwinding imagination of Jules Verne or H.G. Wells, the Classic 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

2008
36.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF15,000 - 25,000 
€13,700-22,900
$15,000-25,100

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The Geneva Watch Auction X

Geneva Auction 9-10 November 2019