Christie’s has announced its Spring auction season combining a live “Rare Watches” auction on 10 May and one special online sale from 7 to 18 May, in Geneva.
The sale brings to market Métiers d’Art timepieces that epitomise the highest mastery of the arts of enamelling, precious metal smithing and gem setting, of movement decoration and engraving, alongside iconic vintage and contemporary watches that have become legends in their own time. The live sale is estimated to achieve between CHF12.8 and 20.8 million. The live sale is scheduled on 10 May 2021 at 10:30AM & 2:30PM at Hotel Four Seasons, Les Bergues.
Enamel Dial Pocket Watches
(1) Patek Philippe Reference 605 HU (Heure Universelle)
Among the highlights of Christie’s Geneva Rare Watches spring auction, collectors will discover a Patek Philippe ref. 605 HU (for Heure Universelle) world time pocket watch in rose gold with a cloisonné enamel dial. Of all Patek Philippe pocket watches made in the middle of the 20th century, few come close to matching the rarity and beauty of this particular model. This reference was one of the first to feature Louis Cottier’s world time system, and each watch was made under Cottier’s direct supervision.
From 1939 to 1964, Louis Cottier and Patek Philippe produced a total of 95 pieces – 68 in yellow gold and 27 in rose gold. Reference 605 was available with a plain metal dial or a unique cloisonné enamel dial depicting individual continents, hemispheres, or the entire world. Today, only around 12 examples with a cloisonné dial are known to exist, only four of which, including the present watch, are decorated with the map of North America. Estimate: CHF550,000-750,000 / €500,000-680,000 / USD600,000-820,000.
(2) Ilbery. An extremely fine and important 18K gold and enamel open-face pocket chronometer with Peto cross detent escapement, the enamel attributed to Jean-Louis Richter, made for the Chinese market
This exceptional timepiece made for the Chinese market impressively combines the work of two of the most celebrated artists of their time: the high-precision movement of the watchmaker William Ilbery of London and the lavish gold case distinguished by the magnificence of the finely painted enamel miniature attributed to the Genevan enamellist Jean-Louis Richter (1766-1841).
The Charming bucolic painted enamel scenes such as that of the present watch derived from English genre paintings by artists from the Royal Academy such as Joshua Reynolds, Francis Wheatley, William Hamilton and William Redmore Bigg, who specialized in images of romanticized English rural life in the last quarter of the 18th century. Their paintings were engraved and sold as prints which were enormously popular and were used as models for the Genevan enamellers. Estimate: CHF45,000-90,000 / €40,000-80,000 / USD50,000-100,000.
(1) Attributed to Charles-Abraham Bruguier. A very fine and rare 18K gold and enamel singing bird box
This beguiling singing bird box is an exceptional example of the horological craftsmanship Geneva became synonymous with. Extraordinary for its mechanical complexity and tonal quality, this apparently unsigned exemplar is attributed to eminent artisan Charles-Abraham Bruguier the younger. The exquisitely enameled case is in the style of Jean-Georges Rémond.
First seen in Geneva in the late 18th century, these marvels uncannily imitated real life, from simpler “Bras en l’Air” figures whose arms indicated the time, to stunning depictions of pastoral, theatrical or other scenes such as that on this box. These works of art and engineering were highly appreciated not only in Europe, but also by Chinese and Ottoman dignitaries. Estimate: CHF75,000-110,000 / €68,000-100,000 / USD82,000-130,000.
(2) Attributed to Piguet & Capt. An exceptionally rare and very fine 18K gold and enamel pearl-set trefoil-shaped musical vinaigrette with automaton scene and clock, original fitted box
This exquisite precious object still possesses the power to enchant more than 200 years after it was made. Incredibly rare, this automaton vinaigrette table watch is both a superb jewel and a mechanical marvel that would make a worthy addition to even the most exalted collection. Its identical ‘twin’ is on permanent exhibition at the prestigious Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva.
Incorporating a musical movement, watch and automata, it is a fascinating object of beauty as well as highly ingenious engineering and design. Attributable stylistically to Piguet & Capt, the most important Geneva makers of complicated small automata and watches in the early 19th century, this exemplar’s movement is impressively small, almost miniaturized, a feat that required exceptional skill to achieve. Estimate: CHF65,000-90,000 / €58,000-82,000 / USD70,000-100,000.
(3) Attributed to Charles Ducommun. An extremely fine and very rare, large and important 18K rose gold, enamel and pearl-set open face quarter repeating pocket watch with virgule escapement and polychrome gold automaton depicting ‘Moses striking the rock.’
The ‘Moses’ automaton watches are perhaps the most famous and iconic among all the Swiss automaton timepieces made in the early years of the 19th century. These extremely rare and highly complex automatons fascinate with the sheer difficulty of conceiving and realizing a mechanical movement capable of operating a series of delayed actions and combining it with a multicolored gold and enamel scene of highest aesthetic quality. Probably, this spectacular specimen is the first to be offered at an international auction in a decade. Estimate: CHF90,000-140,000 / €80,000-125,000 / USD100,000-150,000).
(1) Patek Philippe reference 3974, circa 1992
A very rare 18K gold automatic minute repeating perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases, 24 hour and leap year, day/night indication – One of the most important watches ever produced in series, the Patek Philippe ref. 3974 launched in 1989 to celebrate Patek Philippe’s 150th anniversary was simultaneously the firm’s and the world’s most complicated wristwatch. The very first movement was numbered 1’906’000.
Research reveals that only around 160 examples of reference 3974 were ever made, the majority in yellow gold. The ingenious Calibre 27 RQ impresses not only by the 467 parts it numbers, but also by Patek Philippe’s mastery in combining a 22K micro-rotor, minute repeating, perpetual calendar, 24-hour indication and phases of the moon mechanisms in a proportionally thin 12.2 mm movement.
Cases of the early examples were made by Jean-Pierre Hagmann, with the very first ones, such as the present one, bearing his ‘JPH’ mark. Later series were fitted with Ateliers Réunis cases. Estimate: CHF240,000-330,000 / €220,000-300,000 / USD260,000-360,000.
(2) Patek Philippe reference 3974, circa 1991
An extremely rare 18K gold automatic minute repeating perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases, 24 hour and leap year and day/night indication – Presented in very good overall condition and fresh to the market, the dial of the present Patek Philippe ref. 3974 is certainly one of the most attractive to adorn this model. The striking, highly charismatic black dial was fitted at the special request of a previous owner.
An extremely rare find, black dials are part of the most coveted versions of reference 3974. Originally born with a silver opaline dial, this particular timepiece is made highly appealing through the contrast of the deep black with the yellow gold.
Probably, the present reference 3974 is the only known example with a black dial and gold applied hour markers. As indicated by ‘JPH’ stamped underneath the lower left lug, the impressive case was made by renowned casemaker Jean-Pierre Hagmann of Geneva. Estimate: CHF240,000-420,000 / €220,000-380,000 / USD260,000-460,000.
Patek Philippe Ref. 3970E, Platinum Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Wristwatch with Moon Phases, 24 Hour Indication and Leap Year Indication, 36mm diameter case in Platinum, Black dial, Manual-wound movement, circa 1997. Estimate: CHF 80,000 – CHF 120,000.
Patek Philippe Ref. 3971 1st Series, 18K Pink Gold Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Wristwatch with Moon Phases, 24 Hour and Leap Year Indication, 36mm case, Silvered dial and Manual winding movement, circa 1990. Estimate: CHF 55,000 – CHF 90,000
(3) Patek Philippe reference 5079
An extremely rare 18K gold automatic Cathédrale Minute repeating wristwatch with enamel dial and box – This Patek Philippe ref. 5079 embodies the most iconic traits of a Patek Philippe wristwatch as a pure repeater, without any further complication. The epitome of elegance, the dial is deceptively simple with only subsidiary seconds, Roman numerals, and railway track divisions. The piece’s significance is hinted at by the dial: the result of an extremely costly, lengthy and difficult process reserved only for exceptional watches.
Only an estimated 80 were made from 2001 to 2005. Last, not least, it is a cathedral repeater, meaning a deeper and longer chime due to extra-long gongs. Fitting such resonators in a wristwatch case is a feat left only to the very best of watchmakers. Estimate: CHF200,000-300,000 / €190,000-270,000 / USD220,000-330,000.
(4) Patek Philippe reference 5016
An extremely rare and highly important platinum minute repeating perpetual calendar wristwatch with tourbillon, retrograde date, moon phases, leap year indication and Breguet numerals – Patek Philippe ref. 5016, introduced in 1994, incorporates all the complications sought after by discerning collectors: a minute repeater with sublime resonance, a retrograde perpetual calendar with moon phases, and a tourbillon. As lubrication oils will degrade with exposure to light, the latter is not visible.
Together with references 5050, 5059 (and later 5159), it is also the only watch to feature a retrograde date with triple calendar windows and moon phases combined with subsidiary seconds. Estimate: CHF330,000-520,000 / €310,000-470,000 /USD360,000-570,000.
(5) Patek Philippe reference 5016
An extremely rare and highly important 18K rose gold minute repeating perpetual calendar wristwatch with tourbillon retrograde date, moon phases, leap year indication, black dial, certificates and box – Consigned by the original owner, an important private collector, this Patek Philippe ref. 5016 in rose gold with the arresting combination of black dial with Breguet numerals is one of the most beautiful and desirable examples – of one of the most intricate references ever created by Patek Philippe.
A world-class trophy, the watch is in excellent overall condition and comes with a full set of accessories. The research indicates the present timepiece is one of only 6 of reference 5016’s made in rose gold. Estimate: CHF280,000-460,000 / €260,000-420,000 / USD300,000-500,000.
(6) Patek Philippe reference 1518
A beautiful Patek Philippe ref. 1518 in rose gold, featuring the rare double signature of the Venezuelan retailer Serpico Y Laino, will be available in the sale. Only a handful of retailers worldwide had the privilege of having their name appear alongside that of Patek Philippe on the dial of the timepieces they sold, making these pieces highly desirable. Patek Philippe’s reference 1518 was the world’s first perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch to be serially produced, and is now also the rarest.
Only 281 pieces were ever made from 1941 to 1954, in yellow and rose gold, with a few examples in steel. Its scarcity frustrated a great number of the company’s clients, as the reference was reserved for the most prominent Patek Philippe patrons such as Henry Graves Jr, the King of Jordan, and the King of Egypt. Estimate: CHF450,000-900,000 / €410,000-820,000 / USD490,000-1,000,000.
(7) Patek Philippe reference 2499
A very rare 18K gold Perpetual Calendar Chronograph with Moon Phases, 4th series, 37.6 mm diameter 18kt Yellow gold case, Silvered dial, manual winding movement, circa 1984. Estimate: CHF 400,000 – CHF 600,000
(8) Patek Philippe reference 5970
A very rare platinum perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases, 24-hour indication, additional case back, certificate of origin and box – One of fewer than 500 pieces in platinum, this Patek Philippe ref. 5970 in excellent condition comes with all the original accessories. Estimate: CHF150,000-250,000 / €140,000-230,000 / USD160,00-275,000)
Also available: Patek Philippe Platinum and Diamond-Set Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5971, 40mm diameter platinum case set with diamonds, Black dial, Manual-wound movement, Perpetual Calendar Chronograph with Moon Phases, 24-hour and leap year indication, circa 2007, Estimate: CHF 160,000 – CHF 240,000.
(8) Patek Philippe reference 944/1
An extremely fine and important, very large and unique 18K gold open face, high-precision keyless lever pocket watch with one-minute tourbillon regulator by Hector Golay – Patek Philippe’s early 20th century tourbillon watches destined to compete in the Observatory Contest are by their very nature among the very best precision timepieces ever made. The prestige conferred by obtaining consistent Observatory prizes was considerable.
As a result, Patek Philippe’s track record in winning the timepieces made to extremely fine tolerances resulted in greater commercial success for the brand as a whole. In the 1980s, Patek Philippe created a small number of very special watches around these exceptional historic high-precision movements – to be offered only to a very select few clients. This one-off Patek Philippe ref. 944/1 therefore represents a very rare opportunity for discerning collectors to obtain a historic Patek Philippe Observatory-tested tourbillon. Estimate: CHF280,000-460,000 / €260,000-420,000 / USD300,000-500,000.
Also available: Patek Philippe Ref. 880/1, 18K gold open-face minute repeating perpetual calendar keyless lever pocket watch with moon phases, four year cycle indication, 24-hour indication and equation of time. 52mm diameter case, Manual winding movement and Matte silvered dial, circa 1974. Estimate: CHF 75,000 – CHF 110,000
(9) Patek Philippe reference 2526
Presented at the live auction, this very rare piece in white gold is rightly famous for its elegant ivory-coloured enamel dial. Around 2,400 pieces were made in yellow gold, 360 in rose gold, 70 in white gold, and 70 in platinum. Although the same number were made in white gold and platinum, the white gold version is now rarer: Only around 20 examples have been discovered to date, compared to 24 platinum watches.
The present watch is one of the finest examples of the reference in white gold to be seen on the market for some time. Estimate: CHF140,000-230,000 / €130,000-210,000 / USD150,000-250,000.
(10) Patek Philippe reference 3974
An extremely rare 18K white gold automatic minute repeating perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases, 24-hour, leap year, day/night indication and box – This Patek Philippe ref. 3974 belongs to one of the most important watch series, introduced in 1989 to celebrate Patek Philippe’s 150th anniversary, reference 3974 was at the time not only the firm’s but also the world’s most complicated wristwatch.
The ingenious Calibre 27 RQ impresses not only by the remarkable total of 467 components, but, and perhaps especially so, by Patek Philippe’s masterly performance in combining a 22K micro-rotor, minute repeating, perpetual calendar, 24-hour indication and phases of the moon mechanisms in an impressively thin movement of 12.2 mm in height.
The cases of the early examples, including this piece, were made by Jean-Pierre Hagmann in Geneva, bearing his hallmark. Estimate: CHF550,000-900,000 / €510,000-820,000 / USD600,000-980,000.
(11) Patek Philippe reference 5013
A very rare Platinum Tonneau-Shaped Automatic Minute Repeating Perpetual Calendar with Retrograde Date, Moon Phases and Leap Year Indication, 36mm case, silvered dial, automatic movement, circa 2000. Estimate: CHF 280,000 – CHF 460,000.
Patek Philippe Ref. 130, 18K white gold chronograph wristwatch with 33mm diameter case, silvered dial, manual-winding movement, circa 1944. Estimate: CHF 180,000 – CHF 350,000
Patek Philippe Ref. 530, 18K yellow Gold Chronograph wristwatch with Tachometer Scale, 36.5mm diameter case, Gilt dial and Manual winding movement, circa 1942. Estimate: CHF 90,000 – CHF 140,000
(12) Patek Philippe Nautilus Collection
Patek Philippe Nautilus reference 5980R: A large and attractive 18K rose gold automatic chronograph wristwatch with date, bracelet, certificate of origin and box.
Consigned by an important private collector, it is fresh to the market, equipped with a chronograph complication and features the fabled ‘bull’s eye’ subsidiary dial. Estimate: CHF100,000-200,000 / €90,000-180,000 / USD110,000-220,000.
Patek Philippe Nautilus reference 5990/1A-001: A large and attractive stainless steel automatic chronograph dual time wristwatch with date, bracelet, certificate of origin and box – Launched in 2014, Patek Philippe’s ref. 5990/1A-001 quickly attracted both loyal brand enthusiasts and watch lovers at large.
Considered to be the most complicated Nautilus ever made, it combines a dual-time zone with a flyback chronograph and day/night indicator. Estimate: CHF100,000-200,000 / €91,000-180,000 / USD110,000-220,000.
Patek Philippe Nautilus reference 5711/1R-001: A 18K rose gold automatic wristwatch with sweep center seconds, date, bracelet, certificate of origin and box – This fresh-to-the-market Patek Philippe ref. 5711/1R-001 was purchased by the present owner, at Tiffany & Co. in New York.
Already one of the most coveted Patek Philippe contemporary timepieces, this reference 5711/1R-001 with the Tiffany & Co. signature is a grail example for Nautilus collectors. Made in limited numbers, the model has never been seen at public auction, a testimony of its exclusivity. Estimate: CHF140,000-235,000 / €130,000-210,000 / USD150,000-255,000.
Patek Philippe Nautilus reference 3700/11J: A very rare and highly attractive 18K gold automatic wristwatch with date, bracelet and original box – A superb example of the sought-after Nautilus series launched in 1980 and produced in very small numbers only.
According to experts, fewer than 300 examples of the model and its sister ref. 3700/1 in gold have appeared in public to date. Estimate: CHF100,000-200,000 / €91,000-180,000 / USD110,000-220,000.
Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 3800, 38mm, stainless steel case and bracelet, black dial, automatic movement, circa 2000: CHF 20,000-CHF 40,000.
Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 3801/1, 37mm, stainless steel case and bracelet, black matte dial, automatic movement, circa 1983. Estimate: CHF 20,000-CHF 40,000.
Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref.7010, Ladies’ watch, 32mm, 18 carat white gold case set with diamonds, quartz movement, silvered dial and leather strap with 18 carat white gold double deployant clasp, circa 2010. Estimate: CHF 20,000-CHF 40,000.
Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5712, 40mm, stainless steel case and bracelet, light blue dial with power reserve, moon phases and date display, automatic movement, circa 2017. Estimate: CHF 60,000-CHF 100,000.
Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 3712, 42mm, stainless steel case and bracelet, light blue dial with power reserve, moon phases and date display, automatic movement, circa 2006. Estimate: CHF 75,000-CHF 110,000.
Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5726, 40mm stainless steel case, automatic annual calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, moon phases, 24 hour indication, light black dial, leather strap with stainless steel double deployant clasp, circa 2017. Estimate: CHF 40,000-CHF 80,000.
Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5726, 40.5mm stainless steel case, automatic annual calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, moon phases, 24 hour indication, white dial, leather strap with stainless steel double deployant clasp, circa 2017. Estimate: CHF 45,000-CHF 85,000.
Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref.5980, 40mm, stainless steel case and bracelet, light blue dial, chronograph and date functions, automatic movement, circa 2012. Estimate: CHF 80,000-CHF 120,000.
Vacheron Constantin Mystery table clock
An exceptional sculptural 18K gold, crystal, lapis lazuli, cacholong, silver-gilt, diamond, emerald and ruby-set 8-day. This exquisite three-dimensional mystery table clock is sculptural art as a horological masterpiece. This mystery tourbillon was created by Brun of Paris, based upon Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin’s invention. Here, the tourbillon carriage is fixed to the plate, creating the illusion of a clock floating in mid-air.
It is in fact powered through a glass plate mounted with teeth on its periphery which is in turn set between the concave rock crystal dial plates, with the tourbillon carriage revolving on the second axis once in fifteen minutes. Estimate: CHF140,000-230,000 / €130,000-210,000 / USD150,000-250,000).
The Christie’s ‘Rare Watches’ Geneva auction will also offer Vacheron Constantin wrist watches like:
- Ref. 4072: Stainless Steel and 18K Pink Gold Chronograph, circa 1940
- Ref. 30066: Malte Tourbillon – 18K Pink Gold Tonneau-Shaped Tourbillon with Date and Power Reserve, circa 2005.
- Ref. 5300S/000R-B124: Harmony Chronograph – 18K Pink Gold Cushion-Shaped Single-Button Chronograph with Pulsometer Dial, circa 2016.
- Ref. 47192: Malte Model- 18K White Gold and Pink Gold Chronograph, circa 2013.
- Ref. 86060: Patrimony Traditionelle World Time Model in 18K Pink Gold, circa 2016.
- Ref. 47120: Malte Model – 18K White Gold Chronograph, circa 2016.
- Ref. 47300: Toledo 18K Pink Gold Triple Calendar watch, circa 2006
(1) F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain
Consigned by an important private collector and preserved in excellent condition Christie’s Geneva is delighted to present one of François-Paul Journe’s early Tourbillon Souverain timepieces from the year 2000. In 1999, Journe sold 20 Tourbillon Souverain wristwatches with a remontoir d’égalité by subscription, and collectors scrambled to obtain one.
This timepiece comes in platinum with a brass movement and a gold-coloured dial that is highly appreciated by collectors. 38mm case. Ref. T, NO. 168/02T, Circa 2002. Estimate: CHF240,000-330,000 / €220,000-300,000 / USD260,000-360,000.
(2) F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain
An extremely rare and magnificent limited edition tourbillon wristwatch in platinum with power reserve, constant-force remontoire, dead-beat seconds, mother-of-pearl dial, certificate and box – Extremely rare and of great interest and certain appeal to connoisseurs, the present timepiece is situated at the intersection of design, eccentricity and engineering. Exclusively made for the Singaporean retailer Sincere Fine Watches, this particular watch is part of a limited edition of 15 pieces only.
Crafted in platinum and featuring a black mother-of-pearl dial, the watch is a rare variant of the celebrated Tourbillon Souverain – and one of a small, yet significant collection of F.P. Journe watches made with a stone dial. 40mm diameter case, NO. 285-TN, circa 2007. Estimate: CHF300,000-500,000 / €280,000-450,000 / USD330,000-550,000.
(3) F.P. Journe reference TN
A very rare 18K rose gold tourbillon wristwatch with power reserve, constant-force remontoire, dead-beat seconds, certificate and box. Consigned by a private collector and in excellent overall condition, this is the highly sought-after rose gold version of the Reference TN – for Tourbillon Nouveau – introduced in 2004. It is the direct descendant of the celebrated Reference T, F.P. Journe’s first production watch and the first wristwatch ever with a constant-force remontoire. Applying a constant force to the balance wheel, whether the watch is fully wound or not, greatly increases precision.
François-Paul Journe’s ingenious masterpiece is the first wristwatch to combine a constant-force remontoire, dead-beat seconds and a tourbillon regulator. In 2004, the Tourbillon Souverain won the Aiguille d’Or at the Geneva Grand Prix d’Horlogerie and the Watch of the Year Award in Japan. 40mm diameter case, NO. 211-TN, Circa 2006. Estimate: CHF130,000-170,000 / €120,000-150,000 / USD140,000-180,000.
Also available: F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain – An Extremely Rare And Early Platinum Tourbillon with Power Reserve, Constant Force Remontoir and Dead Beat Seconds, brass movement, 38mm diameter case, White gold and silver guilloche dial, manual-wound movement, Ref. T, NO. 134/01T, Circa 2001. Estimate: CHF 170,000 – CHF 230,000.
A. Lange & Söhne
A. Lange & Söhne ‘Pour le Mérite’ Tourbillon
An extremely rare 18K rose gold limited edition tourbillon wristwatch with fusée-and-chain transmission, power reserve and bracelet – Offered for the first time at Christie’s, the present timepiece is number 112 of a strictly limited edition of 150 examples of the Tourbillon ‘Pour le Mérite’.
Made for some of the firm’s most loyal clients, the model has only been seen twice at auction, a testament to its exclusiveness. According to A. Lange & Söhne, of the 150 examples produced, 24 pieces were crafted in rose gold, 19 in white gold, 106 in yellow gold and 1 in stainless steel. Estimate: CHF110,000-170,000 / €100,000-150,000 / USD120,000-180,000.
Also available: A. Lange & Söhne Tourbillon Pour Le Merite Ref. 751.005, Platinum case and bracelet, 38mm diameter case, Silvered dial and manual-winding movement, circa 1998. Estimate: CHF 75,000 – CHF 90,000.
Other important A. Lange & Söhne models available are the Duoble Split Flyback Model in 18K Pink Gold (ref. 404.032, circa 2011), the Datograph Perpetual Model in Pink Gold (ref. 410.032, circa 2011), the Langematik Perpetual in Platinum (ref. 310.025E, circa 2010), the Datograph Flyback Model in Platinum (ref. 403.035, circa 2002), the Pink Gold Zeitwerk Model (ref. 140.032, circa 2010),and the Langematik Perpetual watch in Pink Gold (ref. 310.032, circa 2010).
Breguet Pocket watches
The Christie’s ‘Rare Watches’ Geneva auction is offering a number of historically important pocket watches like:
- Breguet Pocket watch, No. 195/3759: 18K gold open-face self-winding minute repeating jumping hour lever watch with free sprung helical balance spring and 60-hour power reserve. Belong to 3rd series ‘Montre Perpétuelle’. Construction of this pocket watch’s movement begun circa 1797, sold in 1807, resold on 28 May 1821 to Monsieur Henry Perkins. 53mm diameter case in 18k gold, White enamel dial made by Morimont. Estimate: CHF 240,000 – CHF 280,000.
- Breguet Pocket Watch, No. 1348: 20K gold open-face cylinder pocket watch with days of the week indication, annual Gregorian calendar, additional gold index for the Julian calendar, signs of the Zodiac and special disengaging equation of time mechanism. 62mm diameter 20K gold case made by Guillaume Mermillod, White enamel dial, Sold on 21 August 1805 to Messieurs Meyer et Tues. Estimate: CHF 180,000 – CHF 280,000.
- Breguet Pocket Watch No. 2166: 18K gold open-face minute repeating Grande et Petite Sonnerie striking clock watch with four gongs, lateral lever escapement, triple train with independent trains for the going, striking and chiming. 55.5mm diameter case in 18K gold, White enamel dial. Sold on 1 May 1810 to Count Golovkin via Breguet’s agent Maison de Russie. Estimate: CHF 140,000 – CHF 180,000.
(1) Rolex ‘Jean-Claude Killy’ reference 6036 in yellow gold, circa 1953
This timepiece is the third generation of the celebrated Dato-Compax Oyster triple calendar chronograph, the most complicated timepiece ever proposed by Rolex.
The family of Rolex Dato-Compax calendar chronograph wristwatches. 39mm diameter case, automatic movement, silvered dial. Estimate: CHF 140,000 – CHF 230,000.
(2) Rolex reference 6062
Automatic Triple Calendar with Moon Phases, 35mm diameter 18kt yellow gold case, Silvered dial, circa 1953. Estimate: CHF 60,000 – CHF 120,000
(3) Rolex Submariner
The Christie’s ‘Rare Watches’ Geneva auction is offering a number of submariner models like ref.1680 (circa 1979), ref.116619LB ‘SMURF’ (circa 2007), ref.5513 (circa 1988), ref.16660 COMEX (circa 1984) and ref.1680 COMEX (circa 1978).
The auction is also offering some spectacular Rolex Day-Date watches like:
- Reference 118386: Rolex Day-Date, Diamond set platinum case with 36mm diameter, Diamond paved dial, diamond-set president bracelet in platinum and automatic movement, circa 2001. Estimate: CHF 80,000 – CHF 120,000.
- Reference 18188: Rolex Day-Date, 36mm diameter 18K gold case set with diamond, ruby, emerald and sapphire, Champagne color dial with diamond-set hour markers, Automatic movement, 18k gold Rolex President bracelet, circa 1987. Estimate: CHF 55,000 – CHF 85,000.
- Reference 118208: Rolex Day-Date, 36mm diameter case in 18K gold, Grossular garnet rubellite dial with diamond-set hour markers, Automatic movement, 18K pink gold oyster bracelet, circa 2002: Estimate: CHF 26,000 – CHF 50,000.
- Reference 18038: Rolex Day-Date, 36mm diameter case in 18K gold, Ammonite dial with diamond-set quarter hour markers, Automatic movement, 18k gold Rolex President bracelet, circa 1993. Estimate: CHF 20,000 – CHF 30,000.
- Reference 18038: Rolex Day-Date, 36mm diameter case in 18K gold, Yellow mother-of-pearl dial with Roman numeral hour-markers, Automatic movement, 18k gold Rolex president bracelet, circa 1986. Estimate: CHF 15,000 – CHF 25,000.
- Reference 118296: Rolex Day-Date Platinum watch, 36mm diameter case, Silvered dial with diamond-set hour markers, Automatic movement and Platinum president bracelet, circa 2000. Estimate: CHF 14,000 – CHF 28,000.
- Reference 118239: Rolex Day-Date 18K White Gold watch, 36mm diameter case, Pink mother-of-pearl dial with diamond-set hour markers, Automatic movement and 18k white gold Rolex president bracelet, circa 2006. Estimate: CHF 12,000 – CHF 18,000.
- Reference 118238: Rolex Day-Date 18K Gold watch, 36mm diameter case, Black mother-of-pearl dial with diamond-set hour markers, Automatic movement and 18k gold Rolex president bracelet, circa 2000. Estimate: CHF 12,000 – CHF 18,000.
- Reference 1803: Rolex Day-Date 18K Gold watch, 36mm diameter case, Red degradé (vignette)dial with diamond-set hour markers, Automatic movement, circa 1971. Estimate: CHF 12,000 – CHF 18,000.
- Live auction | 10 May, Four Seasons les Bergues, (230 lots, estimation: CHF 12,786,900)
- Online auction | 7 – 18 May (215 lots, estimation: CHF 1,613,700)