Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jul 21, 2021

LOT 130

Oversize, minute-repeater, split-seconds chronograph, minute counter, sapphire-crystal dial, engraved movement;
“Exception”; unique creation; 18K pink gold

EUR 80,000 - 160,000

USD 95,000 - 190,000 / HKD 740,000 - 1,480,000

18K pink gold, manual-winding, round-shaped, oversized gentleman’s wristwatch, sapphire-crystal snap-on case-back, sapphire-crystal dial with subsidiary seconds at 6 and four horological complications:
• Minute-repeater on two steel gongs by two hammers (activated by the slide at 9 o’clock)
• 1/5 second chronograph (activated by the single round push-piece located on the winding-crown at 3 o’clock)
• Split-seconds (activated by the round push-piece located on the case-band at 2 o’clock)
• Dragging 30-minute counter (subsidiary dial at 12 o’clock)

18’’’, rhodium-plated, partly hand-engraved plates and bridges, going barrel, straightline lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensated balance and blued steel hairspring with terminal curve, index regulator with swan-neck spring and micrometric screw, adjusted.

Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 1

As new

Movement: 1*

As new

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 1-01

As new

HANDS Original

Brand Exception, La Chaux-de-Fonds

Model unique creation

Year circa 2012-2014

Movement No. No. 4 888 (based on Audemars Piguet, Le Brassus, Vallée de Joux, ebauche, from 1893, entirely restored, modernised and decorated by Kari Voutilainen, Môtiers, Val-de-Travers)

Case No. unnumbered (by Jean-Pierre Hagmann, Geneva) / weight 52.6 gr.

Bracelet black crocodile leather strap

Buckle 18K yellow gold double folding deployant clasp

Diameter 46 mm

Caliber 18’’’, lever escapement, adjusted

Signature case and movement

Accessories contemporary original winding fitted box and outer box


Exception, La Chaux-de-Fonds
The Exception house was founded in La Chaux-de-Fonds in the 1980’s and has produced a number of series of wristwatches with horological complications, each in series of ten pieces (based on Jaeger-LeCoultre, Valjoux, Arola, etc. ebauches).
It is also responsible for exceptional pocket watches and wristwatches, unique or produced in series of three pieces, “Grande Complication” or “triple complication”, based on movements from Audemars Piguet, LeCoultre, Dubois-Dépraz or other manufactures in the Vallée de Joux).
The present watch is a unique creation based on an old Audemars Piguet, Le Brassus (Vallée de Joux), movement with horological complications, which has been entirely restored, modernised and decorated by Kari Voutilainen, a famous watchmaker of Finnish origin based in Môtiers (Val-de-Travers), before being cased by Jean-Pierre Hagmann, the legendary Genevan master case-maker who made many cases for Patek Philippe.
*a 20% import VAT is due on the hammer price with buyer's premium, plus 150€ for termination of temporary export, at buyer's expense, only if it is delivered within the EU