What is your holy grail watch? The Vianney Halter Antiqua.
Why do you like this watch more than any others? To me, the Antiqua is not just a time piece but a masterpiece of horological art. Visually, the impact of the watch is stunning, and it has such amazing attention to details. It is beautiful, romantic yet adventurous. It is not huge on the wrist (which is a good thing)—it is understated, subtle yet it speaks volumes. It is a perpetual calendar that accurately records the days, dates, months and leap years and only requires an adjustment once every century. Every part of the watch is handmade, and I hear it takes more than 900 man hours to produce one Antiqua—just the case itself is composed of more than 100 parts. The Antiqua is almost perfect, at least to me.
Does the rarity and exclusivity of the watch add to its allure? Of course.
What makes a watch grail-worthy? To me, the watch must, first and foremost, connect with me. It must call out to me to qualify as a grail. It should be rare. Attaining the grail should be the key highlight or milestone of any collector’s journey.
How did it feel to finally get your hands on the Antiqua? It fulfils all the expectations and fantasy, and more. It took my hubby (Weng) and I many years to get our hands on it.
Do you think that you will ever have a second holy grail watch? Never say never… but it will take a lot (for the next grail) to be at the same level as the Vianney Halter Antiqua.