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    Sale 1369


    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 13

    Vianney Halter. A very fine, rare and unusual platinum asymmetrical automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch


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    Vianney Halter. A very fine, rare and unusual platinum asymmetrical automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch
    Signed Vianney Halter, Antiqua model, movement no. 15 P, case no. 15P.65.A, circa 2004
    Cal. VH198 nickel-finished lever movement, 43 jewels, patented "mysterious" riveted rotor, three porthole dials in pink gold, bezels with pink gold rivets, main dial with Arabic numerals on polished chapter ring, outer railway minute divisions, two subsidiary dials for day and month with leap year indication, small magnified porthole for the date, all dispersed around the large circular riveted case, riveted glazed display back, date changed through the riveted crown, calendar correctors in the band, 18K white gold Vianney Halter buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    43 mm. wide & 46 mm. overall length

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    With Vianney Halter combined Certificate of Authenticity and operating manual, setting pin, original fitted wooden presentation box with electrical winding facility, glazed porthole with riveted metal bezel to the front, outer packaging.

    Antiqua, Vianney Halter's very first model and first model of his "Future Antérieur" or "Future Past" collection, debuted at the Basel Watch Fair in 1998, its style best described as a "relic of the future". The "Antiqua" is characterized by the display of the various functions through riveted portholes, resembling watches that one might imagine on Captain Nemo's wrist while commanding the Nautilus, or worn by H.G. Wells when returning from one of his trips through time.

    The heart of the Antiqua is the calibre VH198, a perpetual calendar movement developed in-house with Halter's patented "Mysterious" oscillating weight. To ensure an unhindered view of the movement, Vianney Halter developed his so-called "mysterious mass" rotor, hidden behind a peripheral ring with no apparent link to the rotor.

    The platinum cased Antiqua is fitted with a gold dial, the case is composed of nearly 100 parts, the rivets are in solid gold, contributing to the very distinctive style of the model. The dials are hand-engraved, making each watch unique. The Antiqua requires approximately 900 hours to be completed.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.

    Pre-Lot Text

    The following two lots, 13 and 14, were manufactured by the ingenious and passionate horologist Vianney Halter. After conceptualizing and creating timepieces for famous brands including Breguet, Audemars Piguet and Harry Winston (notably the celebrated "Opus" model), Halter began creating his own line of inspirational timepieces combining exceptional watchmaking, technical innovations and futuristic case designs. His company "La Manufacture Janvier" was founded in 1994, paying tribute to the renowned French clockmaker Antide Janvier (1751 - 1835).

    Vianney Halter is member of the renowned ACHI Académie Horlogère Des Créateurs Indépendants or Horological Academy of Independent Creators.