Toledano And Chan B/1 Watch | A One-Off Copper-Infused Timepiece Goes Under The Gavel At Sotheby’s

On June 5th, Sotheby’s in New York will host an Important Watches auction featuring a truly exceptional timepiece: the B/1 watch by Toledano and Chan. This unique wristwatch, crafted from copper-infused carbon fiber, offers collectors a rare opportunity to own a piece of horological art.

The B/1 watch is the result of a three-year collaboration between conceptual artist Phillip Toledano and experienced watch designer Alfred Chan. Their aim was to create something ‘beautifully unusual,’ inspired by the bold designs of 1970s integrated bracelet watches and the brutalist architecture of Marcel Breuer’s asymmetrical window design at the Breuer’s Whitney Museum in New York. This project was driven by artistic vision rather than commercial goals, making the B/1 a unique expression of creativity.

The B/1 watch features an eye-catching asymmetrical case and bracelet made from copper-infused carbon fiber. The case is 31 mm wide, slightly smaller than the standard B/1 model’s 33.5 mm. The watch comes in a custom hand-made concrete box that mirrors the watch’s brutalist design.

The B/1 is powered by a Swiss-made Sellita SW100 automatic movement. Its case back features a ‘Unique/1’ engraving, and its power reserve is 42 hours.

This particular Toledano and Chan B/1 watch will be available exclusively at Sotheby’s Important Watches auction on June 5th. The watch is expected to go between $6,000 and $12,000. Given the success of the original B/1 model, which sold out within an hour, this auction is a rare chance to own a one-of-a-kind timepiece. Sotheby’s advises that while the watch is in new, unworn condition, it may require servicing to ensure long-term functionality.

Interested buyers can visit Sotheby’s dedicated webpage for more information and to participate in the auction.


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