Phillips & Maxima Gallery – Watchmakers: The Masters of Art Horology

We are stoked! Phillips in association with Bacs and Russo, the leading watch auction house, is presenting an exceptional international exhibition entirely focused on independent watchmaking created by Maxima Gallery. The exhibition, Watchmakers: The Masters of Art Horology started at The MAXXI in Rome on April 6, 2018, and will terminate in London on June 26th at Philipps’ imposing HQ.

A Little Introduction


First off, let’s introduce Phillips. This centuries-old British auction house is best known for finding the world’s rarest and most complicated vintage timepieces. This time it has partnered with Maxima Gallery, an Italian gallery specialised in modern art and directed by Claudio Proietti. In charge of the gallery since 2007, the gentleman is a knowledgeable luxury watch collector passionate about the independents. This exciting association will showcase the best of independent watchmaking art. It gives us great pride that you can discover two of Skolorr’s stablemates, Kari Voutilainen and Ludovic Ballouard. Amongst the exquisite curation, you will also find the likes of Philippe Dufour, De Bethune, Romain Gauthier, Vianney Halter, Hajime Asaoka, Christophe Claret, Laurent Ferrier, Christian Klings, Jean-Daniel Nicolas, Roger W. Smith.

What To Expect

In an interview given to Phillips, Proietti gave a taste of what to expect. As a massive fan of independent watchmaking, he was thrilled to discuss the collections with the watchmakers. “I appreciate their quest for perfection, regardless of the time it takes to achieve it and of all other commercial considerations.” Thus, his passion for our dear indies brought him to the collection world for the first time in 1991. As a matter of fact, his first watch was a Daniel Roth’s Tourbillon and is showcased in the exhibition.


Amongst the masterpieces showcased, you will be able to admire a Half-Time Blue Dial by Ludovic Ballouard.

It’s worth noting,  the Voutilainen Vingt-8 will be travelling the world with 12 of the best watchmaker brands. The Vingt-8 is described by Proietti as “the perfect synthesis of classic and contemporary horology.” And as a pure Voutilainen advocate, Proietti draws a rave portrait of his hero.” It is modern but respectful of the past. In [his] opinion Kari Voutilainen is the real heir to Breguet. His watches are sophisticated, inventive and the attention to detail is qualitatively incredible. And then, you turn them to examine the back and you get the real WOW factor. The architecture of the movement and the decoration are sublime. It was wonderful to imagine the watch and watch Kari produce it.”


SKOLORR’s Opinion

Be it a watch collector, connoisseur or simply a watch-curious, one would journey like Alice in the wonderland through this exhibition. We hope that by now you would have realised it is not a mystery that our support goes to the pedigreed independent watchmakers. Indeed, their creativity, genuine vision, and courage are unparalleled. Thus, we are thrilled that the world of auction and art is recognising the true value of independent watchmaking.

Find out more about our partnership with Geoffroy Ader on a series of Indies in the Auction block.

All pictures courtesy of Phillips

Featured Image courtesy of Quill&Pad

Read Claudio Proietti’s full interview here