The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV by Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo – Highlights from Independent Watchmakers

Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo has now revealed the creations by the independent watch makers for The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV, which will take place on 27 and 28 May at the JW Marriott in Hong Kong.

Besides important timepieces from powerhouses such as Patek Philippe, Rolex and A. Lange & Söhne, the Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV will also have a selection of carefully curated timepieces from some of the most creative and talented independent watchmakers.

The notable independent brands highlighted in this sale are Richard Mille, F.P. Journe, Lang & Heyne, Voutilainen, Christophe Claret, De Bethune, Gérald Genta, MB&F, Urwerk and Laurent Ferrier.

Richard Mille Ref. RM67-02 CA-FQ, Quartz TPT and titanium wristwatch, Circa 2021

Ever since the release of his first model in 2001 Richard Mille has been known for visionary and avant-garde designs with an aesthetic never seen before in the history of watchmaking.

Richard Mille Ref. RM67-02 CA-FQ, Quartz TPT and titanium wristwatch

The present RM 67-02 is in perfect tune with Mille’s philosophy pushed to the limits as this ultra light piece weighs a jaw dropping mere 32 grams (including the strap) thanks to the combination of TPT composite materials and grade 5 titanium of the case.

It was developed with Alexis Pinturault the French ski champion, who is the most successful French skier in World Cup history with 34 World Cup victories.

Estimate: HK$2,000,000 – 4,000,000/ US$256,000-513,000

Richard Mille Ref. RM011 AH Ti, black-coated titanium skeletonized tonneau-shaped flyback chronograph wristwatch, numbered 2 of a limited edition of 30 pieces, circa 2009

With an ever engaging relationship with Formula 1, Richard Mille has offered numerous models in collaboration with professional athletes over the years, with one of the most recognised being the Felipe Masa series of RM011.

Richard Mille RM011 Chronopassion Black Limited ref. RM011 AH Ti

The present example RM011 belongs to one of the earliest limited edition models made under the RM011 umbrella. It is also one of the very first examples to feature a DLC-coated titanium case giving an all-black appeal contrasted with white, red and yellow accents, colours that pays its tribute to the racetrack. This piece was made especially for official Richard Mille authorized dealer, Chronopassion founded by respected collector and watch maker Laurent Picciotto.

Estimate: HK$1,100,000 – 2,000,000/ US$141,000-256,000

F.P. Journe Chronomètre à Resonance, platinum dual-time wristwatch, Circa 2003

Launched in 2000 the Chronomètre à Resonance had the effect of a tidal wave in the horological world as it was the world’s first wristwatch using the resonance phenomenon. The movement is composed of two independent balances alternatively serving as an “exciter” and “resonator”.

F.P. Journe Chronomètre à Resonance, platinum dual-time wristwatch

When in motion, the balances create the resonance effect and beat in opposition, naturally evening out each other’s discrepancies and thus permitting greater accuracy.

Made from 2000 to 2005, the first generation Chronomètre à Resonance features rhodium plated brass movements and a 38mm case. The present example is from circa 2003 in platinum with an attractively aged copper dial. This watch is complimented by its full set of accessories.

Estimate: HK$1,300,000 – 2,300,000/ US$167,000-295,000

F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain, platinum tourbillon wristwatch, Circa 2002

Engraved No. 191/02T, the present F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain in platinum from 2002 can be identified as part of the fourth generation of Journe’s Tourbillon Souverain with brass movements.

F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain, platinum tourbillon wristwatch

Measuring at 38mm in diameter, these fourth generations were produced between 2001 until 2003 with an estimated run of 320 examples. Cased only in platinum and pink gold, these timepieces were offered with dial plates from the most common yellow gold, followed by white gold, and like the present example in pink gold as being the rarest variation.

Estimate: HK$1,150,000 – 1,950,000 / US$147,000-250,000

F.P. Journe Octa Calendrier, pink gold annual calendar wristwatch, Circa 2006

While the very first timepieces from F.P. Journe are mostly referred to the Tourbillon Souverain and the Resonance, it is around the same time where Journe also introduced the Octa Calendrier, being the first self-winding wristwatch by the firm.

Featuring an annual calendar complication with its signature asymmetric dial with two windows for day and month indication the date is indicated via retrograde style with a central hand.

F.P. Journe Octa Calendrier, pink gold annual calendar wristwatch

The present example F.P. Journe Octa Calendrier in pink gold from circa 2006 with a 38mm diameter case belongs to an extremely rare variant featuring a black mother-of-pearl dial launched as a limited edition of 10 pieces in 2005 for Singaporean retailer Sincere Fine Watches.

Estimate: HK$470,000 – 935,000/ US$60,300-120,000

Lang & Heyne Friedrich II Remontoir “Prototype”: A unique stainless steel prototype wristwatch with black enamel dial, luminous hands, titanium movement, Circa 2021

With an estimated production of no more than 100 timepieces per year, German independent brand Lang & Heyne creates exclusive and innovative timepieces for watch lovers.

This season, Phillips is presenting the Friedrich II Remontoir “Prototype”, a unique timepiece featuring an entirely new movement developed by Lang & Heyne, made in collaboration with Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo and The Lavish Attic.

Lang & Heyne Friedrich II Remontoir “Prototype”

Lang & Heyne integrated a Remontoir mechanism into its Caliber VI movement, but with a slight twist, using titanium as the base material. It is almost unheard of until now, with movement made in titanium, a material which is hard to manufacture and process mainly due to its hardness and many other interesting properties that make it even harder for most manufacturers to consider it as an option to create a movement out of it.

The Friedrich II Remontoir “Prototype” model is simple and understated. The minimalistic appearance symbolises the amusement of simplicity without having to forego exclusive details. The dial indices and handcrafted hands are filled with superluminova, a non-radioactive and nontoxic afterglow pigment used to illuminate makers on watch faces. The bracelet was exclusively designed and produced in stainless steel just for this unique piece.

With the complex mechanism from Lang & Heyne, the serene black enamel dial, and an innovative approach to use titanium for the movement, the present timepiece offers a tremendous combination of breakthroughs for any discerning collector.

Estimate: In excess of HK$460,000 / US$59,000 (offered with no reserve)

Two more Lang & Heyne watches are available. First one is Anton in stainless steel. It is a flying tourbillon watch featuring a rectangular case and grand feu enamel dial. Estimate: HK$260,000 – 510,000. The second piece is Lang & Heyne Georg, a platinum watch with rectangular case, small seconds display and enamel dial.

Voutilainen Vingt-8 Hisui: A unique platinum wristwatch with tear drop lugs, Japanese lacquering, cabochon emerald, Circa 2017

The stunning Vingt-8 Hisui featured in this season’s sale is a piece unique by Kari Voutilainen. This creation also won the GPHG Artistic Crafts Watch Prize in 2014. It was created in collaboration with one of the greatest lacquer studio in Japan, Unryuan, under the guidance of Master Tatsuo Kitamura.

Voutilainen Vingt-8 Hisui

Meticulously selected according to colour and quality, the dial is crafted with natural elements including gold dust, gold leaf, great green turban shells and abalone shell found from New Zealand.

It is also worth noting that the chameleon like dial is ever-changing in shades from various angle, while viewed in its frontal manner the dial shines in green and blue, on the other hand when viewed from its profile, the dial can change into a stunning blue only shade. Operated by the Cabochon emerald set crown, the in-house movement is the very same calibre found in the Vingt-8 series.

Estimate: HK$780,000 – 1,560,000 / US$100,000-200,000

Christophe Claret Soprano: A limited edition white gold and PVD-coated titanium semi-skeletonized minute repeating tourbillon wristwatch, Circa 2012

With an expertise for minute repeating timepieces, Christophe Claret released the Soprano Minute Repeater equipped with a 1-minute tourbillon escapement and an impressive Westminster chime with four hammers and patented cathedral gongs.

Christophe Claret Soprano

With a futuristic design language, the case is composed of white gold for the bezel and caseback while the main case and casebands are composed of grade 5 PVD-coated titanium to maximise the quality of the chime totalling 45mm in diameter. Requiring extreme precision to achieve the perfect Westminster Chime each individual gong must be executed to the highest level of accuracy. The present example of Christophe Claret Soprano Minute Repeater watch is numbered 6.

Estimate: HK$260,000 – 510,000/ US$33,300-65,400

De Bethune

During the sale, Phillips will be offering highly sought-after De Bethune models like DB 25 Starry Various in Titanium, DB5S Stainless Steel, DB 24 Titanium Big Power Super Sport, DB28GS Grand Bleu dive watch in Titanium and Black Zirconium, DB S-R Pink Gold Skeleton, DB 25 Starry Sky in White Gold and DB28 Titanium.

Laurent Ferrier

The organizers are also auctioning Laurent Ferrier timepieces like Galet Classic in 18K white gold and Galet Square Micro-Rotor Autumn model featuring stainless steel case and a salmon dial.

MB&F

The sale is also offering a MB&F HM3 Megawind Final Edition watch made in 2015, in a limited edition of 25 pieces. It features a black PVD coated gold and titanium case. Estimate: HK$200,000 – 400,000. Another lot from MB&F is a Horological Machine No8 CAN-AM, crafted in 18K pink gold and titanium. Estimate: HK$250,000 – 450,000.

Auction schedule

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV
Auction: 27 – 28 May, 2022
Hong Kong Preview: 24- 28 May, 2022
Location: JW Marriott Hong Kong, 88 Queensway, Admiralty