Important Collector's Wristwatches, P...

New York, Sep 24, 2003

LOT 187

Alain Silberstein, France, "Bolido Krono Titanium", No.111/250. Produced in a limited edition of 250 examples in the late 1990's.Fine, rare and unusual, rectangular curved, water-resistant, titanium gentleman's wristwatch with fancy-shaped button chronograph, registers and date. Accompanied by a fitted box and certificate.

USD 5,000 - 6,000

EUR 4,500 - 5,400

Sold: USD 6,555

C. two-body, satiné, transparent case back with screws, mobile and fluted lugs, round, triangular and square crown and buttons with black enamel inlay, sapphire crystals. D. satiné gray with applied white dot markers, auxiliary dials for the seconds, the 12 hour and 30 minute registers, aperture for the date. "Fancy" black triangular hour and Bâton minute hand, "Serpentine" yellow sweep seconds hand. M. Cal. FP 1185, satiné gray, 37 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance ajusted to 5 positions, shock-absorber, self-compensating flat balance-spring.Dial, case and movement signed.Dim. 36 x 48 mm.

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Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 1

As new

Movement: 1

As new

Dial: 1-01

As new

HANDS Original


Alain Silberstein A born and bred Parisian, has an unusual background: trained as an interior architect and designer, he became a watch-architect when he created his own watchmaking firm in Besançon at the end of the 1980?s. At a time when the disappearance of mechanical watchmaking was considered inevitable, he joined the ranks of a very special group of Swiss makers who were behind the renaissance of the mechanical watch. In 1986 he received an award at the "Tokyo International Gift Show", and in 1988 he won a prize for his watch commemorating the French Revolution. In his workshop on the banks of the Doubs River, Alain Silberstein, along with his 20 collaborators- among them 6 watchmakers- creates and makes almost 3,000 mechanical watches per year. These are exceptional timekeepers, such as the tourbillon, the perpetual calendar, the sports chronograph watches, the watches with cloisonné dials, as well as jewelry watches. They are also watches that are resolutely contemporary, and that, while designed for everyday wear, are also works of art. The exceptional finish of the movements can be admired through the transparent case back. All of Alain Silberstein?s collections are produced in limited series. For several years, Alain Silberstein has specialized in setting diamonds in steel. This difficult technique requires exceptional accuracy in both the cutting and setting of the stones. The hardness of a diamond set in steel means that the watch conserves its personality while becoming a genuine piece of sports jewelry. Precious stones can be set in all Alain Silberstein watches upon request. In just a few years, Alain Silberstein has proven that research, innovation and quality can allow a French brand name to take its place alongside the famous Swiss watchmakers.