For the upcoming sale at Sotheby's on May 13 I picked some beautiful and rare chronographs. To start, I chose this beautiful 1945 Leonidas monopusher split seconds chronograph. It is cased in 43mm stainless steel and comes with matte silver dial with arabic numerals and blue tachymeter scale. Estimated 20 000 CHF - 30 000 CHF (LOT N°216).
This one is a really great and rare Eberhard split seconds chronograph from 1945. With its 40mm diameter it does have the perfect size. Great timepiece for the money. Estimated 18 000 CHF - 25 000 CHF (LOT N°214).
I like these early chronographs by Audemars Piguet. They do have such a good looking and clean design as the following chronograph from 1946 with its 35mm yellow gold case, beautiful silver matte dial with its blue tachymeter scale outside. Great watch for the money. Estimated 7 000 CHF - 9 000 CHF (LOT N°143).
This one is a superb never known before Patek Philippe single button chronograph officer from 1927. There are only 7 known of this example and this one is the 8 surfaced publicly until today! It is an historical very important watch as this is one of the first known examples from this period of complication wristwatch production. Estimated 160 000 CHF - 260 000 CHF (LOT N° 150).
I warmly invite you as well to visit the website of my boutique, where you can see some very beautiful and rare timepieces. www.watchcollector.lu
In 2015, the Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants (AHCI) is celebrating its 30th anniversary. To mark this, Selkirk Pictures & Enterprises completed their documentary film „The Single Men - Masters of the Incredible and the Beautiful.“
The Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants is a prestigious and discreet community of independent watchmakers who operate in the shadows of the big business, far from the klieg lights that shine on their name-brand competitors. It is a coalition of 32 watch- and clockmakers bound by a fierce commitment to artisanal watchmaking.
Philip Selkirk’s – time-less – documentary will lend a visual depiction of the watch-making process: the inception interwoven with craftsmanship, and finally unveiling the “pièce de résistance”.
The "Single Men" speak fervently of their common goal: ensuring that the mechanical watch continues to thrive. The documentary features some of the works of art made by the likes of Svend Andersen, Vincent Calabrese, Philippe Dufour, Paul Gerber, Vianney Halter and Francois-Paul Journe.
Interviews with these watchmaker visionaries as well as leading figures of the watch industry, i.e. Jean-Claude Biver (CEO TAG Heuer) and Nicolas Bos (CEO Van Cleef & Arpels), Marie Vallanet-Delhom (President, L’École Van Cleef & Arpels) as well as top retailers like Laurent Picciotto (Chronopassion, Paris), Michael Tay (The Hour Glass, Singapore) and Abdulhamied Ahmed Seddiqi (Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, Dubai) will personify the individualist behind the timepiece, connecting the audience to their piece, as well as inspiring future watch collectors.
Mr. Michael Clerizo, Wall Street Journal, noted for his in-depth analysis of bespoke luxury watches will be sharing thoughts and background knowledge with the viewer.
The superb hand-made timepieces by Jochen Benzinger. For me it is
always the greatest thing to visit Jochen in his atelier with all these
old guilloché machines. It is more like a museum than an atelier. And to
work on these beautiful machines is just the greatest thing on earth!
For the auction at Christie's on May 11, I picked a bit of a mélange of dress watches and chronographs.
To start, I chose this beautiful and super rare Audemars Piguet minute repeater from 1951. The archives of Audemars Piguet do confirm 3 pieces of this great watch made. But this one is the first and only to date that appears publicly, for the other 2 there is not yet known where they are hiding or if they do even still exist! Audemars Piguet did produce only 47 of 14"' lines movements between 1882 and 1900! Estimated 130 000 € - 250 000 € (LOT N° 204).
The second lot I picked is a very rare, only the second known to date, Patek Philippe 3428 cased in platinum! This one defers to the other known with its diamond set numerals. Estimated 94 000 € - 190 000 € (LOT N° 115)
This one is a beautiful Longines 2 tone sector dial from 1938 cased in 37mm. For me a great timepiece and when putting a beautiful leather strap on this one, I'd say as well a good dress watch too. Estimated 2 900 € - 5 900 € (LOT N°217)
This one is a great Longines chronograph from 1937 with the famous 13ZN movment bearing inside. The interesting thing about this one, and what makes it so special, is the military designation. Great looking enamel dial with luminous arabic numerals and the engraving on the back. The more, it is the first Longine's chronograph in this configuration to appear in public to date! Estimated 15 000 € - 23 000 € (LOT N° 218)
I invite you as well to have a look at the vintage corner on my website of my boutique, some rare and beautiful timepieces are waiting there!
The I Newsletter of this year is online now and I wanted to introduce
you the NEW H11 with small seconds by Haldimann Horology and the NEW 25
years anniversary Worldtime Tempus Terrae by Andersen Genève. As well
as my NEW project Benzinger by Zanella which is a project featuring well
known artist Léon Zanella and Jochen Benzinger, watches do meet art.
The more I do continue with my guilloché lessons at the atelier of Jochen Benzinger. A report is as well in this Newsletter.
vintage watches on my website/boutique at the VINTAGE corner. Here you
can find super rare vintage timepieces as from Patek Philippe, Rolex,
Vacheron & Constantin, Jaeger leCoultre,… Feel free to have a look
at it on the following link: http://www.watchcollector.lu/#!vintage/cj08