Saturday, 18 October 2008

A Simple Classic Time Piece by A Great Artist

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In this watch collecting journey you may come across many, many, many, many timepieces... some are special and some watch makers are special...

the following pictures are of a watch that is truly beautiful and made by a great artist whom i admire and respect... vianney halter has made some wonderful timepieces such as the antiqua, trio, classic... pieces in his futur anterieur collection as well as other masterpieces... a significant amount of work on time pieces bearing his name are done by hand and ably so by himself and watchmakers at his atelier in st. croix. and they are amazing works of art...

more importantly, these are pictures of a watch that has joined my very humble and small collection :) i hope u enjoy these photos of my vh classic and i highly recommend that you take some time to explore his world and the wonderful creations in it if u haven't done so already. check out these links to information and his site... cheers, raphmeister


vianney halter classic in red gold
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24 rivets in the winding crown and 12 on the bezel
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vianney has stopped production on the classic... all in all i believe there
are less than 300 pieces ever made for all metals...
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a mysterious mass winding rotor
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hand crafted blued steel hands
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reflection of the dial on the rehaut is beautful
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the wonderful play of light on this piece is something to behold
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the vh100... with roots in the lemania 8100
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the dial work is too cool
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wonderful finishing...
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time pieces as art...
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15 comments:

stefano said...

Congrats Raph! Gorgeous watch and a wonderful addition to your collection. Great shots!

Why no wristshots? :)

raphmeister said...

thanks man :) there will be plenty of opportunities for wristshots in future :)

cheers

Harry Bishop said...

Very nice addition to your collection, congrats! I have to say after reading your blog for a while now, your picture taking skills are getting quite impressive!

Cheers from Canada
Harry
http://www.harrybishop.ca

Kyle S. said...

Yes, a nice new one for you, and, at least to me a bit of a move from the other watches (smaller and simpler, perhaps?) that most of I seem to see on your wrist. Enjoy it!

Kyle

raphmeister said...

thanks kyle... i think i am open to both big and small watches... due to my size i may not wear something thin and >= 36mm eg an old slim calatrava may look off.

the vh classic wears a bit bigger because of its lug design and it suits my wrist in my eyes :)

cheers
raph

raphmeister said...

hi harry

thanks for the compliment... i am looking to buy a better camera end of the year and i hope that improves my photos further.

hope alls well wif u :)

cheers
raph

ceperry said...

Gorgeous, Raph. I am seeking one of those myself, at present, and I think there is nothing more beautiful. Congratulations, and wear it in good health!

Cheers,
Christina

kus said...

Hi Raph,
Congrats on this beautiful time piece.. i've seen it in mags, never in real life but your photos only serve to further highlight my appreciation for this classic timepiece.

I am sure its much much better looking at it real life!

Best wishes again,
Kus

raphmeister said...

hi kus, thanks for dropping by and dropping a line :)

u have to see it in the metal. its really really a gorgeous piece. it will make u want a vianney halter :)

i hope you have a chance to see it someday and acquire it perhaps ;)

cheers
raph

Anonymous said...

Interesting watch but it is rather subtle. Perhaps that's the key selling point. What would be the estimate resale value for this watch like? The retail price seemed quite over-priced to me.

I read your earlier article on "false limited" and agree that many watch brands today price their watches way too high on "exotic" materials, change of dials/colour, and branding. Many brands purposefully have a "limited" production to artificially create the "demand".

I hope note, but this may be one of many "independent" labels that will gradually "die off" after a while. Too overpriced, too little stock.

raphmeister said...

Hi Anonymous

I disagree with you on the last part.

There are many falsely limited watches and there are true independents and Vianney is the latter. I suggest you read more about him and his work to get a better understanding of it.

At the same time, his designs are not for everyone and may not call to you but nevertheless, he is a true independent and an artist artisan and i hope that more come to appreciate his work.

Cheers
Raph

Geo said...

Stunning watch, from the first moment I saw this model, I liked every detail of it.
Geo

raphmeister said...

Geo, i must say u have good taste :) hope u enjoyed the post and the blog.

cheers
raph

darth-khips said...

howdy again,

i thought about it long and hard, but ultimately decided to give it a miss. love the watch, esp the rotor!! but alas, bit too small for me. dial look even smaller then its 36mm suggest.

still, i must say its a good piece. just been told prices going up 30% in q4.

spreading the passion said...

hey darth
it may not be for everyone but i love it :) horological art at its finest...
if u find it too small, the trio and antiqua are larger but of course come at a significant price difference.
'too small' may be more a state of mind than anything else. i am rather large sized but i love the size of this watch as i love my ap roo. didnt know of the price increases and not sure if thats the smartest thing to do during these times... but we'll see.
cheers
raph

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