ANDERSEN Genève, Jumping Hours "TimeForArt Swiss Institute"

• Manufacturer: ANDERSEN Genève
• Year: 2022
• Reference No.: 634 "Time for Art/Swiss Institute"
• Case No.: Pièce Unique
• Model Name: Jumping Hours "Time for Art/Swiss Institute"
• Material: Platinum (Pt 950) Case, 21ct BlueGold Dial, hand guilloché "losanges magiques
• Caliber: FP 11.50 with Jumping Hours mechanism developed and assembled by ANDERSEN Genève, Self-winding mechanical movement with 18ct yellow gold rotor hand guilloché "grain d'orge", Power reserve: 60h, 21600 variations/hours
• Bracelet/Strap: Nubuck strap
• Clasp/Buckle: Platinum (Pt 950) Buckle
• Dimensions: Diameter: 38 mm, thickness: 9.22
• Signed: Ring around the movement with "Time for Art 2022 Swiss Institute" hand engraved
• Accessories: Box (wood), Certificate & Warranty
• Estimate: $20,000 - $40,000

This Jumping Hours Timepiece with electric purple 21ct BlueGold dial, a Pièce Unique made for the TimeForArt benefit auction, exemplifies ANDERSEN Genève’s founder Svend Andersen’s approach to watchmaking at its most inventive and artisanal. The Jumping Hours, in which the hour is shown digitally while minutes are indicated by a hand, is one of watchmaking’s most elegant traditional complications. ANDERSEN Genève has now taken this genre to new levels of artistry and beauty. With this watch, ANDERSEN Genève presents an exceptionally refined interpretation of the classic Jumping Hours complication. The hour is indicated through a window at 12 o’clock, while the minutes tick by discreetly on a beautiful sub-dial at 6 o’clock. The rest of the dial forms a canvas on which to exhibit the most outstanding craftsmanship, with a mesmerizing “magic losange” hand guilloché pattern engraved into a dial surface made from a signature ANDERSEN Genève material: 21ct BlueGold. To achieve this incredibly rare material that is used almost uniquely in watchmaking by ANDERSEN Genève, 21ct gold mixed with iron elements is heated in an oven, turning it a radiant shade of blue. In this completely artisanal process, no two dials emerge from the oven with quite the same tonality, making every dial unique. For this Pièce Unique, an electric purple tone was achieved. With its chromatic vibrance and dynamic patterns, the piece builds upon the legacies of American conceptualist Sol Lewitt and British artist Bridget Riley, whose colorful paintings popularized the genre of Op art. What comes to the fore in this magnificent timepiece is an unparalleled aesthetic harmony generated from precise visual logic and virtuosic craft. Emblazoned with “NYC – 2022”, this piece embodies the fearless artistic visions of Swiss Institute.

The reverse of the watch is no less artful: a sapphire glass case-back reveals the beautiful anglage and hand-finishing of the movement, and the 18ct yellow gold rotor magnificently decorated with a “grain d’orge” hand guilloché pattern. In the center of the rotor one can recognize the “A” ANDERSEN Genève logo that has been hand-engraved by a master engraver. Surrounding this, a ring of 21ct BlueGold (electric purple color) is also hand-engraved with the text “Swiss Institute 2022 Time for Art”.

The watch is powered by the Frédéric Piguet 11.50 movement, one of the finest Haute Horlogerie automatic calibers in Swiss watchmaking. Its ultra-slim dimensions make it a perfect base to carry the jumping hours mechanism developed and assembled in-house by ANDERSEN Genève, while its two-barrel architecture ensures a long power reserve of 60 hours.

Since 1980, ANDERSEN Genève has been creating high-end timepieces for collectors around the world. Its work combines incredible ingenuity with beautiful craftsmanship, much of it produced on a bespoke basis for clients wanting something personalized or completely unique.

Svend Andersen first achieved fame in the watch world in 1969, a groundbreaking year for visual culture, with his outstanding “Bottle Clock” invention – a horological take on the “ship in a bottle” concept. He was named “the watchmaker of the impossible!” He went on to develop his craft in the Grand Complications Atelier at Patek Philippe, where he worked for nine years. In 1980, he began taking private commissions from discerning collectors, soon opening his own workshop in Geneva – ANDERSEN Genève was born.

With a small team working in the heart of Geneva, only a few dozen timepieces leave the Atelier every year – in fact, fewer than 1,500 timepieces have been manufactured since 1980. In all that time, the Atelier has remained at the same location next to the Rhône river.

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