To celebrate the anniversary of his watch manufacture founded in 1998, Vianney Halter wanted to cultivate his own roots and to create surprise: so, for the first time he is offering a steel watch with a very personal design.
It’s not every day you turn 20, trills the chorus of an old French song. The Antide Janvier manufacture founded by Vianney Halter in 1998 (named in homage to an 18th century French watchmaker), is celebrating its second decade of existence; and rightly so.
As we know, this independent creator, represented by the Ekso Watches Gallery since its beginnings, nurtures its differences, its taste for science fiction and exceptional watchmaking. Whether called the Antiqua, Trio Grande Date, Classic Lune, Soleil, Opus III (designed for Harry Winston) or Deep Space, each of his watches flirts with the highest of heights by combining technical perfection and audacious design. It isn’t just by luck that in recent years his work has won him the prestigious accolade of “Best Watchmaker” at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, as well as the Prix Gaïa.
Today, to celebrate 20 years of his brand’s existence, Vianney wants to tip his hat to the collectors who have followed him since 1998, and probably to himself too! As such, he has designed a round watch measuring 38 mm in diameter, whose design is reminiscent of the 1998 Antiqua, with lines evoking a porthole that could have easily bedecked Jules Verne’s beloved Nautilus submarine.
The material chosen – steel – is also surprising. This is a major first for a man who, until now, has only ever used gold, platinum or titanium. There is no doubt that this automatic, three-handed, steel watch, with a signed dial, will become a real collector’s item.