Lot 56
  • 56

Vianney Halter

25,000 - 45,000 CHF
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  • Pink gold
  • diameter 37 mm
• cal. VH 198 automatic lever movement, 43 jewels • four silvered dials, the first with black Arabic numerals, blued steel hands, the second indicating the day, the third the month and leap year, the fourth the date • 18k pink gold case, sapphire crystal display back • case, dial and movement signed • with an 18k pink gold Vianney Halter buckle 


The movement is running at time of cataloguing, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.Dials and hands are in good condition, case is in a good condition as well although with very minor surface scuffs and scratches consistent with little use.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."

Catalogue Note

The Antiqua is the debut model produced by Vianney Halter, and exhibited in 1998 at the Basel fair. The design of the piece was revolutionary and represents the DNA of Vianney Halter.

The present lot is part of the Futur Antérieur (Past Future) collection, the name clearly demonstrating the influence of the past styles combined with the avant-garde.

The Antiqua is distinguished by its portholes displaying the time and the perpetual calendar. Beyond this fascinating design, reminiscent of the universe of Captain Nemo. Vianney Halter prioritised attention to detail in their pieces, as exemplified by the present lot. The dials, for example, are made of nine different parts, hand engraved and then filled with black resin. The crown alone is made of twenty six components. The movement is fitted with the patented mysterious mass rotor. These are just a few of the characteristics of the Antiqua - the quality of the piece is such that it requires 900 hours to produce just one of the few pieces realised each year.