Made for Auction, Watches You’ll Never See In A Shop

Made for Auction, Watches You’ll Never See In A Shop

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Hiren Kumar Bose on the Only Watch timepieces which will be auctioned in Geneva in November

HARRY WINSTON Ocean Big Date
Estimation: 40,000 – 51,000 $

The intrepid, highly architectural character of the dial keeps with the avant-garde spirit of Harry Winston’s Project Z collection and the multiple layers on the openwork dial create a fascinating three-dimensional stage. Fitted with a sophisticated automatic movement with twin barrels and a flat silicon balance spring, the 42.2mm timepiece is presented on a sporty black alligator leather and rubber strap with yellow stitching, with the inscription “Only Watch 2017 Unique Piece” engraved on the open case back. The yellow accents on the dial allude to the thematic colour of this year’s Only Watch auction and are treated with a phosphorescent material that emits a long-lasting blue glow in the dark effect.

SLIM D’HERMÈS L’heure Impatiente
Estimation: 36,000 – 57,000 $

The complication in the 40mm timepiece invites one to look forward to an upcoming moment time thus cultivating the ‘extravagant’ idea of reconciling rigorous discipline with whimsical fancy. The jubilant ritual consists of setting the counter of the watch to the time of the eagerly awaited event that will take place in less than 12 hours. An hour before it occurs, the mechanical hourglass is set in motion and its progress can be followed at 6 o’clock on the dial. This complication that stirs our feelings and heightens our sense of pleasurable expectation is an exquisite torture that culminates when the note rings out. The striking mechanism has been designed to ensure a lasting, velvety-smooth sound that is also delightfully modulated for the wearer’s ears only. The playful and quirky ‘Impatient Hour’ complication is based on this companionable rapport.

HUBLOT Big Bang Unico Sapphire Usain Bolt
Estimation: 52,000 – 83,000 $

In a 45 mm Big Bang case, the Big Bang Unico Sapphire Usain Bolt showcases a green and gold design paired with a transparent strap. This unique piece will be auctioned with a second strap, in yellow-gold colour calfskin, featuring the silhouette of the Jamaican flag, in a nod to the athlete’s origins. The counter at 9 o’clock bears the silhouette of the “Lightning Bolt” and his iconic victory sign. Hublot has created a transparent watch out of sapphire, one of the most difficult materials to machine. Alongside this unique piece, Hublot is not only offering the successful bidder a PUMA T-shirt signed by Usain Bolt, but will also organise a meet and greet with the fastest man in the world himself.

JAQUET DROZ Grande Seconde Off-Centered Cuprites
Estimation: 31,000 – 41,000 $

This reinterpretation of the legendary Grande Seconde watch in 43mm and its playful figure 8 – the symbol of infinity and completeness that has come to represent the brand – features a cuprite (a minor ore of copper) background. Its fiery red colour embodies all the passion dedicated to both the timepiece and the Only Watch project. The cut of the mineral dial requires the extreme, expert delicacy for which the brand is known. Each inclusion, vein, and detail of the dial make for a singular masterpiece. But the Grande Seconde goes even further: the two counters traditionally aligned on the 12 o’clock / 6 o’clock axis are made off-centre, adding an original, dynamic touch to this purest of canvases. The thinness of the circled gold flanges matches that of the hands and the majestic direct-drive seconds hand, while the crown is shifted to 4 o’clock for a subtle aesthetic twist.

MONTBLANC 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter
Estimate: 29,000 – 36,000 $

Paying tribute to the Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Blue Limited Edition 100 which won the Grand Prix d’horlogerie of Geneva 2016 as the best Chronograph, this 44mm timepiece features the monopusher chronograph calibre MB M16.29, a bronze case combined for the first time with a vintage green dial and matching green alligator strap. The timepiece feature a traditional manual monopusher chronograph movement, the calibre MB M16.29, a bronze case that has been combined for the very first time with a vintage green lacquered dial; and a matching green alligator strap – making it truly special.

ULYSSE NARDIN Marine Tourbillon
Estimate: 22,000 – 33,000 $

Yellow tints on the 7-hour indexes and the power reserve indicator pay homage to this 7th edition of Only Watch. The 43mm mechanical Marine model, with a delicate blue enamel dial, is emblematic of our historic marine timepieces, a heritage that stretches back to the mid 19th century and founder Ulysse Nardin himself. The blue Grand Feu enamel dial is a rarity, and the skilled craftsmen at Ulysse Nardin company Donzé Cadrans are among the very few to have mastered this ancient technique. A flying tourbillon – one of the most impressively complex mechanisms in the world of Haute Horlogerie – takes pride of place at 6 o’clock, while a 60-hour power reserve ensures this timepiece is a reliable partner to all those who demand accuracy over time.

ZENITH Defy El Primero 21
Estimate: 13,000 – 19,000 $

The 44mm Defy El Primero 21 with a new 1/100th of a second Chronograph movement, a double chain structure with two regulators and the case made in black DLC titanium case with touches of yellow especially dedicated to the Only Watch. The lucky bidder of the watch will be taken on a trip to Zenith’s Manufacture.