Vianney Halter - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVIII Geneva Friday, November 3, 2023 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Vianney Halter
    Year: 2007
    Case No: 2W.612.T
    Model Name: Trio
    Material: 18k white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. VH205, 42 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold VH pin buckle
    Dimensions: 44mm length x 32mm width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Vianney Halter fitted box, Certificate of Authenticity, polishing cloth, Vianney Halter business card and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Vianney Halter is more than a watchmaker, he is a mélange of inventor, mad scientist and time traveler! His watches are definitely inspired by the science fiction steampunk imagery of the 19th century with their original shapes, porthole dials and riveted cases. He is considered as one of the founders of Modern Independent Creative Horology. A movement born in the late 1990s, this period saw the arrival of young talented watchmakers who completely disrupted the traditional watchmaking industry. These watchmakers, such as Felix Baumgartner of Urwerk, Denis Flageollet of De Bethune or Vianney Halter created timepieces like nobody had every seen before.

    Following Halter's design ethos the Trio was originally presented in the late 1990 featuring three portholes (thus the name Trio) for hours/minutes, seconds and date but remained at prototype stage.. In the early 2000s Halter worked on an updated version featuring a large date thus adding an extra porthole.

    Not content with just adding a larger date, Halter modified the movement adding a gear configuration enabling a fast setting of the date using the crown, the setting of time does not affect the date display, the two functions are totally independent. While the crown is on neutral position, the date automatically jumps at midnight. A day&night indicator on the main dial displays whether the time must be read as « am » or « pm », thus the time setting system prevents the date from jumping at noon.

    The caliber beating inside was fully developed by Halter and to preserve an uninterrupted view of the movement through the sapphire display back, the Trio is fitted with the VH patented "mystery rotor".

    The consignor of the present piece took part in a way in the launch of the Trio as it is with his persistent request that the watch was finally launched and even though the present example bears number 2 it was in fact the very first Trio ever produced. Furthermore Halter only made 10 Trio models in white gold.

  • Artist Biography

    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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An incredibly rare and intriguing white gold wristwatch with offset indications, big date, day/night indication with box and guarantee, one of 10 pieces made

44mm length x 32mm width
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF50,000 - 100,000 

Sold for CHF139,700

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVIII

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