In June, Philips in association with Box & Russo and Zenith presented some very attractive watches made with Voutiline. Directly inspired by the golden age of observatory chronometry, powered by an in-house competition movement, the 10-piece limited edition platinum Call 135-O made some noise. Philips now presents an 11th yet unique example with a stunning salmon guilloché dial. And a case made of metal you’ve never heard of before; Niobium. Offered at Geneva Watch Auction: XVI on November 5, all proceeds from the sale will go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
If you want all the details about the 10-piece platinum version of the amazing Zenith x Voutiline x Philips Call 135-O watch, we invite you to take a closer look at this article here. Importantly, all parties agreed to create a watch modeled directly after the observatory timepieces that dominated chronometry competitions in the 1950s and 1960s. Powered by the historic chronometer caliber 135, brought back to life by one of the most respected and talented indie watchmakers, Cary Voutilaine. The original observatory-tested movements, from the historic 1950-1954 serial winning years, have been restored for a modern limited edition and housed in a discreet, elegant platinum watch with a black guilloche dial.
But there is an 11th movement… and that movement, part of a batch of vintage calibers still undergoing chronometry trials at various observatories, is now presented in a unique piece made of niobium, one of the most unusual materials I’ve heard of recently. . A metal rarely used in watchmaking, it has a hardness rating similar to pure titanium and has a light gray sheen. “Its name comes from Greek mythology: Niobe, daughter of Tantalus, is the name of tantalum. The name reflects the great similarity between the two elements in their physical and chemical properties,” According to Wikipedia here. In this model, the movement has a pink gold finish (as opposed to the gilt finish of the limited-edition models).
Additionally, the exclusive Nobium Zenith Call 135-O features a salmon-colored guilloche dial, exclusive to this edition, which is intended to support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, whose mission is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs. Communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.
This unique Zenith x Voutilainen x Phillips Cal 135-O watch will be offered for sale on November 5, 2022 as part of the Geneva Watch Auction: XVI. Estimate CHF 100,000-200,000.