Bonhams Presents Summer Online-Only Watch Sale Evolutionary Time
Spotlighting A Curated Offering of Independent Watches

Evolutionary Time, Bonhams summer watch sale, will take to the online space from 15 to 22 July at Bonhams.com. More than 100 lots strong, the online-only sale spotlights a group of innovative timepieces from the most respected independent master watchmakers, including Christophe Claret, F. P. Journe, Franck Muller, Pierre Kunz, and Maîtres du Temps, among others.

For years, independent watchmakers have represented the most innovative and unique facet of haute horologerie. Distinct from their major watch group peers, these brands are best known for producing – from start to finish and in very limited quantities – their own timepieces with state-of-the-art movements and original design. Independent watchmakers are the creative visionaries who capture the attention and hearts of collectors desiring exclusivity in timepieces – be it in quality or quantity.

One of the key pioneering independent watchmakers, Christophe Claret has developed unique complicated calibres for numerous luxury brands, including Franck Muller, deGrisogono and Harry Winston. Presented in the sale are the Grand Complication – White Gold DualTow (estimate: HK$ 550,000 – 1,000,000) and the Titanium DualTow (estimate: HK$ 650,000 – 1,000,000), both developed to mark the brand's 20th anniversary. Housing the CC20A calibre, the two timepieces feature a gong strike at the trigger of the chronograph pusher, a mechanism distinct from their contemporaries in which the gong only strikes to tell the time. The exceptionally pure and clear tone is achieved with a finely crafted gong – one of the most sophisticated and delicately-crafted apparatus in the movement.

Founded in 1999, François-Paul Journe is the first ever watchmaker to create and produce all its movements in 18k pink gold, such as the Octa Automatique Lune (estimate: HK$160,000 - 250,000) with elegantly-enlarged date, moonphases and the powerful 1300.3 calibre. Also on offer is an Octa Chronographe (estimate: HK$200,000 - 300,000), a fine platinum fly-back chronographer wristwatch. Housed within the confines of 1mm thickness, the piece is a prime example of how Journe has revolutionised the construction of the chronographs.

Since the unveiling of its first wristwatch, Franck (now Franck Muller) has earned a global reputation for their highly complicated movements and unique designs. Franck is also the first ever brand to create a tourbillon visible directly from the dial – instead of from the back; and its subsequent Grand Complications series was on the very forefront of the market for its contemporary designs. Featured in this sale is an early unique example of Franck's World Time (estimate: HK$400,000 – 600,000) with a minute-repeating function, which embodies the brand's renowned complicated movements and timeless design.

Under the guidance of Franck Muller, another Swiss master watchmaker Pierre Kunz launched his own brand in 2007; and has since been impressing the world with his hallmark retrograde functions – the constant apparatus movement that gives life to a timepiece. In this sale, we are presenting a Grande Complications/ A701 TJDR (estimate: HK$320,000 – 450,000), a tourbillon wristwatch with retrograde day-and-date display, in addition to a stamp 'No. 00' and an elaborative Ferrari motif on the calibre.

Maîtres du Temps is best remembered for creating some of the most innovative timepieces imaginable with the world's greatest master watchmakers. 'Chapter One' (estimate: HK$400,000 – 600,000), co-developed by Christophe Claret, Roger Dubuis and Peter Speake-Marin, features a tourbillon movement with a monopusher chronograph and two rolling cylinders at 6 o'clock and 12 o'clock, indicating the day-and-moon phases. 'Chapter Two' (estimate: HK$80,000 – 150,000) is co-developed by Daniel Roth, Peter Speake-Marin and Roger Dubuis, boasting a calendar wristwatch with an eye-catching date and rollers.

Reflecting the spirit of the sale name – Evolutionary Time – the sale also presents a series of Patek Philippe Nautilus from the 1980s to 2010s, including:
• Patek Philippe | Nautilus Ref.4700/001, An Early And Rare Lady's Yellow Gold Bracelet Watch With Date, 1982 (estimate: HK$ 38,000 - 78,000)
• Patek Philippe | Nautilus Ref.5726a-001, A Stainless Steel Annual Calendar Wristwatch With Moon Phases, Circa 2011 (estimate: HK$ 330,000 - 500,000)
• Patek Philippe | Nautilus Ref.5722g, A Rare White Gold And Diamond-Set Wristwatch With Date, Moon Phases And Power Reserve Indicator, Circa 2012 (estimate: HK$ 800,000 - 1,200,000)

Sharon Chan, Bonhams Director of Watches, Asia, commented: "Traditional watch collectors are increasingly turning their attention to independent watchmakers to complement and diversify their existing collections. This group of independent watches on offer are as rare as they are attractively-estimated – some of them are even no longer available in the retail market."

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