Daniel Roth Papillon
The Papillon was created to commemorate Daniel Roth’s 10th Anniversary. It is estimated that only 250 examples were made, 110 in white gold, 110 in rose gold and a further 30 in platinum. By the time this reference was introduced, circa 1998, Daniel Roth’s overall involvement was limited, with that being said, it is believed that Daniel Roth played a role in designing this anniversary piece which would subsequently be his last as he then went on to found his new brand, Jean Nicole Daniel.
This white gold double-ellipse case measures 35mm x 38mm in diameter, the case structure is compelling due to the nature of the blend between a circular and rectangular case. The addition of the downward slopping lugs allows this particular reference to sit comfortably on the wrist. The polished stepped bezel accentuates the marvellous dial.
The overall design language found on this particular reference encapsulates the raison d’être of Daniel Roth – La Montre Objet d’Art. The jumping hour is found at 12 o’clock, the seconds are found at the centre of the dial and the minutes make up most of the dial. Each function is made legible through alternative methods, the jump hour is digital and relatively straightforward, the minutes are made legible through two retractable hands and the sweeping seconds use a traditional hand. The dial is signed by Daniel Roth on a wing-shaped frame similar to that of a bird or butterfly. The slate grey dial features two alternate guilloche finishes, the more traditional Clous de Paris is found on most of the dial whereas the central guilloche resembles Vieux Panier (old basket). As a result of the alternate guilloche patterns paired with a brushed minute and seconds marker, the dial achieves a sense of profound depth.
Similar to many Daniel Roths of this era the Papillon is based on a Girard-Perregaux calibre 3000. The rotor reads 10 Years, Daniel Roth followed by the dedicated serial number of the watch 0XX/110, which is also found on the case back. The movement is finished to a high standard with both perlage and cotes de Geneve found on the èbauche.
This set comes with its original inner box which is also signed 0XX/110, along with its original warranty card stamped and signed by The Hour Glass circa 2000.
Brand: Daniel Roth
Model: Papillon – 10th Anniversary
Movement: GP 3000
Case Diameter: 35mm x 38mm
Year: 2020 (sold)
Box & Papers: Exceptional full set.