Christie’s Breitling Navitimer Results
9 January, 2015 at 3:52 am in Business
On May 30th, 2012 Christie's auction house in http://www.syrauto.com/best-breitling-superocean-heritage-46-a1732024-b868-aaa-watches-8n3f.html was host to the latest installment in their "Important Watches" auction series (which included a ton of watches). While this auction featured much of the normal fare from Panerai and Rolex, the main call for interest was an unparallelled representation of the Breitling Navitimer line. We have written of the Navitimer line in the past, but for those not in the know Navitimer is essentially a distinct line of http://www.syrauto.com/elegant-hublot-big-bang-44-mm-gold-ceramic-301-pb-131-rx-cheap-watch-8d3k.html timepieces which have been created in a collaborative partnership between Breitling and many of modern Horology's most talented independent watch makers. The concept behind the Navitimer comes from the powerhouse mind of Max Busser who ran http://www.syrauto.com/elegant-breitling-navitimer-world-a2432212-b726-imitation-watches-6s4e.html's watch division before founding MB&F in 2004/2005. Breitling works with one independent watch maker per year to produce a limited edition watch which is then announced into the fan fare of BaselWorld. Though when the watches are actually released to customers is another story.
Last week's Hong Kong auction saw Christie's offer an unprecedented selection of the Navitimer catalog, including Navitimer through 7 and Navitimer. In the end, auction goers may have suffered Navitimer-overload, as only six of the eight available pieces were sold - but that is actually still good. Apparently, all the Navitimer watches came from one collector. Below is additional information on each piece that was available including a bit about their creation, estimated value and hammer price (if the reserve was met).
The first in the collection and the start of the Navitimer collaborations highlighting the work of F.P Journe. The Navitimer was available in three editions, each being limited to six units. Including a 5 Day Automatic, a twin time Resonance Chronometer and a Tourbillon, the example seen at auction last week was the 5 Day Automatic with a diamond clad bezel. Featuring a 38mm platinum case and a total of two possible versions, the Navitimer is the result of a collaboration with watchmaker Antoine Preziuso. The Navitimer was limited to 11 units spanning two different movement options which additionally each had a special single unit adorned with diamonds for a total existence of just 24 hand-made pieces.
One of the most eccentric of the Navitimer collaborations, the Navitimer is the brain child of Vianney Halter and features six porthole displays. Each of the displays relies on its own jumping indicator to show the hour in the top left and right windows (blue), minutes in lower left and right (black), and date in the vertical center displays (red). Limited to 55 units in platinum or rose gold, the Navitimer featured a massively complex hand wound movement and an exceedingly unique aesthetic that was a considerable departure from the previous Navitimer models.