Phillips is preparing its next watch auction in Geneva. The auction is slated to include an array of exceptional timepieces, including three pieces from George Daniels, the ‘founding father of independent watchmaking.’ One particular piece going up for sale is a stunning Spring Case Tourbillon in yellow gold. The double-dial calendar watch with tourbillon is one of only two timepieces that Daniels made for his own personal use. The watch swivels out from the caseband frame to reveal the second dial, which includes the calendar and one-minute tourbillon. The watch also features a Co-axial escapement, which Daniels invented in 1975.
The watch was Daniels’ daily wearer until 2005. The other two watches being offered are one of 35 yellow gold Anniversary examples and one of 48 yellow gold examples of the Millennium watch. Alexandre Ghotbi, Head of Watches, Continental Europe & Middle East for Phillips, spoke about Daniels and the timepieces up for auction. Ghotbi stated: “For Daniels, a watch had to have historic, intellectual, technical, aesthetic, amusing and useful qualities,” adding “A mantra that he applied to all his creations, with these three examples being no exception. Daniels’ legacy continues to influence the generations of watchmakers that follow him.”
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