Lot 42: LIP Mach 2000 chronograph wristwatch by Roger Tallon, 1974
December 7, 2012
Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
LIP, France, 1974
Model: LIP Mach 2000 men's chronograph
Design by Roger Tallon (1929 - 2011) - French product designer
Typical D-shaped black casing with coloured buttons
Valjoux manually wound calibre 7734
Subsidiary second, 30-minute counter and date display
Unique 70s design
Dimensions of the bezel: 4.5 x 4.1 cm
Very good condition and fully functional
This LIP men's wristwatch model Mach 2000 chronograph was made 1974 in France. It is a design by the French product designer Roger Tallon and was an immediate success and a symbol for the new generation of design-inspired wristwatches. The bicompax chronograph has a remarkable, futuristic black casing typical for LIP with the D-shape and the characteristic coloured buttons in yellow, blue and red. The black dial features white and yellow Arabic numerals and line indices, as well as hour, minute and second hands. The watch with the Valjoux manual wind caliber 7734 (LIP-ref. 23.1) also has a subsidiary second, a 30-minute counter, as well as a date display. The unusual, large format men's wristwatch shows the unique 70s design which LIP is internationally renowned for.
The Mach 2000 men's chronograph is in very good condition with slight traces of wear, more distinct on the buttons. The wristwatch is fully functioning (no guarantee on timekeeping accuracy). The dial, as well as the wristband show the LIP logo, on the reverse side of the casing the watch is numbered "103918". The dimensions of the bezel are 4.5 x 4.1 cm.
Roger Tallon (1929 - 2011)
The French product designer Roger Tallon studied engineering from 1944 to 1950. He then worked at Jacques Viénot and Jean Parthenay's studio, which he later took over. 1957 Tallon taught at the arts and crafts school in Paris. The product designer created hundreds of objects, among others for Peugeot, Kodak, Air France, General Motors and SNCF. His designs for the watchmaker LIP are classics today.
The French watchmaker LIP was founded 1867 by Emmanuel Lipmann (1844-1913). After his death, the company continued successfully and experimented with several techniques and materials. Soon, LIP achieved a yearly production of up to 500.000 watches, including the LIP Electronic with the movement R.27. In 1974, Claude Neuschwader took over LIP's management and worked with various designers, among others with Roger Tallon, Marc Held and Jean Dinh Van. Since 1975 the Mach 2000 watches became avant-garde style icons.