Vianney Halter - The Geneva Watch Auction: XIX featuring the Guido Mondani Collection Geneva Saturday, May 11, 2024 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Vianney Halter
    Year: Circa 2005
    Case No: 47R.227.CL
    Model Name: Classic
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. VH100, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Vianney Halter pin buckle signed VH
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Vianney Halter fitted box, Certificate of Authenticity and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    With the perpetual calendar Antiqua launched in 1998, Vianney Halter somewhat launched the genre of Independent Creative Horology, with a highly off the beaten path design inspired by 19th century steam punk.

    Halter released the Classic collection in 2000 as a deliberate evolution away from the complexity – and the audacity - of the Antiqua. The Halter signature elements were nevertheless very present on the Classic that includes a bezel with rivets on each hour marker inspired by the portholes of Captain Nemo’s Nautilus, lugs with an unconventional hinged design and a crown adorned with rivets. 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 movement inside is an interesting one. It’s a modified Lemania caliber 8810 – dubbed the VH100 by Halter – with a double barrel architecture and an oscillating weight mounted on a transparent sapphire crystal to allow for an unimpeded view of the movement design and decoration. Every aspect of the case, the movement, and the dial are hand-finished by Halter and his team.

    The Classic was made in a total of 250 pieces in pink, yellow and white gold with different dial variants. The present example in pink gold bearing number 47 is in excellent condition with its full set of accessories and offers the opportunity to the collector of independent artisans to own an extremely coveted and hard to find timepiece.

  • 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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A steampunk and very rare pink gold wristwatch with center seconds, sapphire rotor, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2005
36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF25,000 - 50,000 

Sold for CHF48,260

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIX featuring the Guido Mondani Collection

Geneva Auction 11 - 12 May 2024