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A Feast of Gold and Gray: Zurich’s Ineichen Auctioneers Offers More than 200 Rare Watches at November Auction | Features

Twin Vianney Halter timepieces, together with collectible watches by Audemars Piguet, A. Lange & Söhne, Patek Philippe, Girard-Perregaux, Vacheron Constantin, Breguet, F.P. Journe, Urwerk, Tissot, Daniel Roth, and Konstantin Chaykin are set to go underneath the hammer at Swiss public sale home Ineichen Zurich at its public sale on November 20-21, 2021.

The 2-day public sale, which will probably be hosted in Zurich and accessible on-line, begins on November 20, with a important public sale providing trendy, classic and pocket watches from 1:00 PM (Zurich time) to three:00 PM, adopted by the particular “Alchemy of Gold” public sale of gold wristwatches that begins at 3:30 PM. One other important public sale, on November 21 from 1:00 PM to three:00 PM, will showcase trendy watches and will probably be adopted at 3:30 PM by “Shades of Grey,” a particular public sale of timepieces produced in tantalum, platinum and metal.

Notable among the many uncommon and extremely sought-after timepieces on the public sale are twin Vianney Halter items, the Antiqua Yellow Gold (estimated at CHF 50,000 – CHF 100,000) and Antiqua White Gold (CHF 50,000 – CHF 100,000), which induced a stir when the impartial watchmaker revealed them in 1998. Halter’s Antiqua line, which is described as “Relic of the Future Previous,” is designed to embody the “spirit of the marine chronometers, linking vintage time devices to the up to date collector’s wrist.” The watches provide a unusual interpretation of the perpetual calendar that enables the wearer to learn the hour and minutes, month, bissextile year, day of the week and date by way of 4 riveted portholes in lowering order of diameter.

The “Alchemy of Gold” title for the particular public sale references medieval alchemists’ efforts to transmute base metals into gold and thus obtain immortality for them. Accordingly, the gold watches within the public sale are by esteemed watchmakers akin to Audemars Piguet, A. Lange & Söhne, Patek Philippe, Girard-Perregaux, Vianney Halter, Tissot, Daniel Roth, and Vacheron Constantin — all of which have created timepieces for the ages.

Equally, the “Shades of Grey” public sale derives its title from the grey colorways of the collectible timepieces underneath the hammer, which comprise high-end problems from maisons together with Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, Breguet, F.P. Journe, Vianney Halter, Konstantin Chaykin, and Urwerk

Notable among the many “Shades of Grey” heaps are three extraordinarily uncommon items by French watchmaker F.P. Journe. The F. P. Journe Chronomètre à Résonance Ruthenium Assortment (CHF 200,000 – CHF 250,000) is one among 99 items introduced from 2001 to 2003. Bought in 2002, the watch has a case in 950 platinum, a matte-textured, strong gold dial with darkish gray ruthenium coating, and the distinctive hand-wound Résonance Caliber 1499.3. The gathering was the final of Journe’s manufacturing of actions historically constructed from brass with galvanic coatings.

The second Journe piece, from the Tourbillon Souverain Ruthenium Assortment (CHF 100,000 – CHF 200,000), numbered and restricted to 99 items, options the Caliber 1498, the motion that helped the model make its mark in watchmaking in 1999. Importantly, solely 520 Tourbillon Souverain watches had been ever produced, together with these within the Ruthenium Assortment.

Lastly, the F. P. Journe Chronomètre Souverain de Boulle (CHF 50,000 – CHF 100,000) on provide is among the rarest variations of that mannequin. Delivered solely to Dallas retailer de Boulle Diamond & Jewellery in 2007, solely eight items had been made, together with two extra for proprietor Denis de Boulle and a director. This piece belonged to the proprietor.

In the meantime, Audemars Piguet followers will probably be excited concerning the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Ref. 25820TP (CHF 100,000 – CHF 200,000) in platinum and tantalum, the rarest model of this mannequin, which will probably be featured on the public sale. From a restricted version of solely 15 items, its attribute function is its matte-finished, non-tapiserrie dial, and it’s powered by the ultra-thin self-winding Caliber 2120/2802, which was developed in 1995 as a complicated model of the unique Caliber 2120/2800 with the addition of a leap-year indicator.

Additionally from Audemars Piguet is the Star Wheel Computerized Ref. 25720, hailing from a set whose dials had been hand-engraved with a guilloché plate. Such dials weren’t widespread on the time, particularly in watches with platinum circumstances akin to this one, rating this timepiece as among the many rarest of its variety. It was launched in a restricted version of solely 9 items, which is indicated on the backside of the dial (9/9) — making it additionally, the public sale home says, presumably the one Audemars Piguet mannequin that encompasses a limited-edition quantity on the dial.

Ineichen Zurich hosts solely three auctions per 12 months, historically in Might and November, so this one is to not be missed (you possibly can view all of the heaps right here). The public sale home presently ranks second on gross sales amongst Swiss watch public sale homes and has achieved a number of lot information over the many years. Nonetheless, the Might 22, 2021 public sale not solely smashed the earlier gross sales file however marked the sale of the world’s most costly NFT token for Konstantin Chaykin’s Joker NFT Fr. 52080.