Think outside the box: independent watchmaking at Phillips Perpetual

Look beyond the big names with this curated selection of the finest independent watchmaking available at Phillips Perpetual

Watches & Jewellery 16 Nov 2021

Phillips Perpetual is a veritable treasure trove for horological connoisseurs, offering some of the finest pieces of pre-owned and vintage watchmaking in a seamless boutique experience. And one of the best benefits of purchasing through its team of experts is not only do they bring together coveted finds from big hitters, but rare examples from the finest independent names. Often produced in small quantities, and offering unparalleled handcraftsmanship, it is a special occasion when these pieces appear on the market. Here are some of the best available right now: 

Laurent Ferrier Galet Micro Rotor

Few independent watchmakers come with a pedigree to match Laurent Ferrier, who founded his eponymous brand in 2009 after an esteemed 37-year career at Patek Philippe. Its refined collections are a celebration of centuries of fine watchmaking, combining technical prowess with a clean and classic aesthetic. This example in pink-gold exemplifies their timeless appeal, with its elegant silhouette and pared-back dial, perfectly balanced with elongated hands and markers. Powering it is the precise FBN 229, combining state-of-the-art techniques with the impeccable finishing expected of the brand. The watch is unworn and presented with a full suite of accessories.

£29,500; phillips.com

H Moser & Cie Endeavour Flying Hours

It’s easy to find oneself lost in the dials of H Moser’s colourful creations, often seen with an eye-catching gradient effect that enhances the beauty of the designs. With its Endeavour Flying Hands it has added another intriguing element that is as ingenious as it is playful. A thoroughly modern take on a jumping hours complication, here the passage of time is indicated by three rotating hour disks, with a central minutes disk overlaid at the centre. The definition of a statement timepiece, this example was produced in 2019 in a limited edition of just 100 pieces. 

£18,500; phillips.com

Romain Gauthier Prestige HMS

Romain Gauthier grew up in La Vallée de Joux in the Swiss Jura, the home of haute horology, and this deep-rooted passion and expertise for the industry comes through in each of the limited number of timepieces that leave his workshops. This skill is combined with an individual sense of style to stunning effect, exemplified in the Prestige HMS. Its beguiling configuration of circles and arcs open to reveal the beating heart of the watch in a showcase of engineering, finished to the very highest of standards. This white-gold example from 2016 comes complete with original inner and outer box, and manufacturer’s guarantee. 

£45,000; phillips.com