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Vianney Halter Antiqua Watch

£ 221,300.00


Vianney Halter Antiqua Watch
Antiqua Watch: Relic Of The Future Past

Name: Antiqua
Type: Perpetual Calendar
Functions: hour, minute, date, day, month, leap year cycle
Size: 40 x 40 x 11,3 mm
Material: Gold or Platinum
Movement: in-house developed
Calibre VH198
Balance frequency: 28’800 v.p.h.
Components: approx. 450 including 130 for the casing only
Jewelling: 43 rubies
Winding: automatic, fitted with the patented VH “mystery mass“ winding rotor
Power Reserve: 35 hours
Total weight: approx. 100 gr

In 1998, Vianney Halter presented a creation that caused a stir in the watchmaking world: the Antiqua, his first watch. The watch was immediately classed as a relic from the future and his design was widely considered avant-garde.

A watch from the future. Albeit not ours, but the future as it could have evolved from the Victorian era. A future inspired by Jules Verne and H.G. Wells.

This piece was designed as an embodiment of the spirit of the marine chronometers, linking antique time instruments to the contemporary collector’s wrist.

As a testimony to horological tradition, the Antiqua features a very classical complication: the perpetual calendar, with a particular geometry that lends this piece a quirky style. For ideal readability, the Antiqua’s complete calendar information is split between 4 riveted portholes. Following the order of decreasing diameter, one can read: hour & minutes, month/leap year, day of the week and finally the date.

Each dial is made of a noble metal, embellished and hand-engraved.
The case itself is built out of nearly 130 parts (including 104 rivets), each part being refined and decorated by hand.
These complex and very thorough aesthetics are a reflection of the exceptional mechanism they enclose.

Another nod to watchmaking tradition is the « mysterious » mass rotor conceived by Vianney Halter. There is no visible part between the peripherical rotating mass and the calibre centre. This poetic invention allows a full untroubled view on the VH198 in-house calibre as if it were a simple hand-wound movement.

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