To chose the watches for this upcoming sale at Phillips Watches: The Hong Kong Watch Auction ONE was pretty interesting. Again Phillips managed to compose a very nice catalogue with some great and superb timepieces.
So, I will start with this super nice, early and rare Vacheron & Constantin 4178 stainless steel/rose gold with two tone champagne dial chronographe. The colour combination does look outstanding with the stainless steel case, rose gold lugs pushers and crown and then the nice two tone champagne dial with red gold hands and numerals which is in a unrestored condition. It is not exactly known how many steel and steel/gold pieces were made, but it is stated in the archives 191. Lot N°145. Estimated 30 000$ - 50 000$ USD.
The next timepiece that I picked is a beautiful, early and rare Audemars Piguet wristwatch from 1918 cased in a beautiful tonneau shaped yellow gold case and comes with a matching presentation box. Considering that this watch almost is 100 years old makes it so interesting to me plus the rarity and condition mentioned in the catalogue makes it a perfect timecapsule. Lot N°287. Estimated 25 000$ - 35 000$ USD.
The legendary Patek Philippe 565, one of my favorite timepieces by Patek Philippe. The present example does come in its nice stainless steel case with a beautifully aged dial, confirmed by the extract of archives. The unusual feature on this watch is as well that the last 4 digits of the serial number are engraved between the lugs at 6 o'clock. Lot N°203. Estimated 18 500$ - 32 000$ USD.
The next watch is a legendary example of the Rolex 6239 Cosmograph. This one with a superb black dial and the Solo Rolex writing at 12 o'clock. This example does appear in overall good condition with a nicely aged dial. Lot N°226. Estimated 50 000$ - 75 000$ USD.
I am a absolute fan of the A. Lange & Söhne timepieces. Their design, their movement architecture makes these watches the most beautiful timepieces on the market nowadays. And this Tourbograph pour le mérite is a real grail watch. Only 51 pieces were made of this legendary watch and this example is numbered 23 and comes in very excellent condition. Lot N°338. Estimated 300 000$ - 625 000$ USD.
And now to one of the most talented independent watchmakers, Vianney Halter. I love the creations of Vianney Halter so much and this Antiqua that I picked comes as well in excellent condition. The hand-finish level of the watches made by Vianney Halter is extraordinary and the finissage is superb. A very special way to tell the time and perpetual calendar! Lot N°325. Estimated 30 000$ - 50 000$ USD.
This is a real stunner by MB&F, their new introduced Legacy Machine Perpetual. My deapest respect to Maximilian Büsser and his Friends for this oustanding timepiece!
There are not so many times that I am speechless, but just right now this is the case!
From their pictures on the website, I do personally like more the red gold version, because of its warmer colour combinations.
The official text from the MB&F website:
Beginning with a blank sheet of paper, MB&F and independent Irish watchmaker Stephen McDonnell have completely reinvented that most traditional of horological complications: the perpetual calendar. The result is Legacy Machine Perpetual, featuring a visually stunning in-house movement, which was developed from the ground up to eliminate the drawbacks of conventional perpetual calendars.
The fact that the new complication looks sensational and can be fully appreciated dial-side is just one of the many benefits offered by the new movement, controlled by a “mechanical processor” (patent pending).
The perpetual calendar is one of the great traditional complications, calculating the apparently random complexity of the varying numbers of days in each month − including the 29 days in February during leap years. But traditional perpetual calendars do have a few drawbacks: dates can skip; they are relatively easy to damage if adjusted while the date is changing; and the complications are usually compromises of modules powered by base movements.
The 581-component, fully integrated and purpose-built movement of Legacy Machine Perpetual has been designed from scratch for trouble-free use: no more skipping dates or jamming gears, and the adjuster pushers automatically deactivate when the calendar changes, so no problems there either.
Legacy Machine Perpetual : complexity simplified with integrity and beauty.
Legacy Machine Perpetual launches with a limited edition of 25 pieces in 18K 5N+ red gold and 25 pieces in platinum 950.
Herewith I do present you an interview recently made in the gallery of Léon Zanella about my project -Benzinger by Zanella-. Click the following link and you will access the interview on my youtube channel:
More details about my unique project as well on the website of my boutique: