Christie’s Hong Kong Watches Spring Auctions 22 May 2021 – ‘The Legends of Time’ Highlights

On this coming Saturday (May 22nd, 2021), Christie’s is conducting the so-called the ‘Auction of the Decade in Asia’ in Honk Kong. This event will be comprised of a Day Sale ‘An Exceptional Season of Watches’ (2pm) and an Evening Sale ‘The Legends of Time’ (7pm).

This event will be the first historic watch standalone Evening Sale hosted by Christie’s in Hong Kong. Curated around ‘The Legends of Time’, the sale is a once in a lifetime opportunity to glimpse some of the most extraordinary creations in watchmaking history, taking place at the HK Convention and Exhibition Centre in an elegant atmosphere.

Christie’s Hong Kong Watches Spring Auctions 22 May 2021 - ‘The Legends of Time’ Highlights

From the 1800s to the modern era: The extraordinary selection of 18 timepieces curated under the theme ‘The Legends of Time’ will engage the watch loving and collecting community with its rarity and outstanding quality. A sale of this importance only happens once every decade, 18 lots of the highest quality with the potential to break the record for any watch sale ever held in Asia. Est. HKD 77,500,000 – 200,600,000 (US$ 9.9 million – 25.8 million).

Earlier in the day, scheduled for 2pm, and curated around the theme of ‘An Exceptional Season of Watches’, a Day Live Sale includes 147 lots with a selection of highly desirable vintage & modern watches, including 56 Patek Philippe & 36 Rolex watches. Est. HKD 80,801,000 – 147,107,000 / US$ 10.4 million – 18.9 million).

The two sales on 22 May are poised to set an all-time record for an Asian auction (the last record set by Christie’s Hong Kong was US$ 26 million in November 2019).

Highlights: ‘The Legends of Time’

  • Patek Philippe 18K Gold Automatic Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch with English Calendar, Leap Year Indication and “No Moon”, Ref. 3448 “Alan Banbery”, Specially Modified by Request of Henri and Philippe Stern in 1975 as a Unique Piece for Presentation to Alan Banbery, Manufactured In 1970. Estimate: HK$ 24,800,000-40,000,000/ US$ 3,200,000-5,162,000.

  • Patek Philiippe Platinum World Time Wristwatch, ref. 1415 HU, Manufactured In 1946. Estimate: HK$ 8,000,000-24,000,000/ US$ 1,033,000-3,097,000.

  • Patek Philippe 18k Pink Gold ‘Spider Lugs’ Chronograph Wristwatch With Tachymeter And Engraved Bezel, Confirmed As The Only Example Ever Made, Ref. 1579, Retailed By Gobbi Milano, Manufatured In 1955. Estimate: HK$ 3,200,000-6,500,000/ US$ 413,000-839,000.

  • Attributed to Piguet & Capt. A Highly Important and Magnificent 18k Gold and Enamel, Pearl-Set Musical, Perfume and Automaton Amphora-Form Watch Made for the Chinese Market, Swiss, the Enamel Attributed to Jean-Louis Richter, Geneva, Circa 1805. Estimate: HK$ 8,000,000-40,000,000/ US$ 1,033,000-5,000,000.

  • Patek Philippe 18k Pink Gold Openface Minute Repeating Two Train Grande And Petite Sonnerie Keyless Lever Clockwatch With Instantaneous Perpetual Calendar, Indications For Julian And Gregorian Calendars, Moon Phases And Chronograph With Central 60-Minute Recorder, Made For Jean De Gradowski, Manufactured In 1890 . Estimate: HK$ 4,000-000-12,000,000/ US$ 517,000-1,549,000.

  • Patek Philippe 18k Pink Gold Automatic Wristwatch with Black Enamel Dial, ref. 2526, Manufactured In 1957. Estimate: HK$ 1,200,000-2,200,000/ US$ 155,000-284,000.

  • Patek Philippe 18k Gold Wristwatch with Sweep Centre Seconds and Cloisonné Enamel Dial “The Lighthouse” Ref. 2481, Manufactured In 1954.Estimate: HK$ 2,000,000-6,000,000/ US$ 259,000-775,000.

  • Patek Philippe 18k Gold Two Crown World Time Wristwatch with 24 Hour Indication and Bracelet, ref. 2523/1, Manufactured In 1965. Estimate: HK$ 8,000,000-24,000,000/ US$ 1,033,000-3,097,000.

  • Patek Philippe 18K Pink Gold World Time Wristwatch with Cloisonné Enamel Dial Depicting the Eastern Hemisphere, Ref. 1415, Manufactured In 1949. Estimate: HK$ 8,000,000-24,000,000/ US $ 1,033,000-3,097,000.

  • Attributed to Piguet Et Meylan. An Extremely Fine and Very Rare 18k Gold and Enamel Musical Box with Automaton and Center-Seconds Watch, Made for the Chinese Market Swiss, Geneva, No. 1447, The Box Attributed To Rémond, Lamy, Mercier & Co, Circa 1815.Estimate: HK$400,000-1,200,000: US$ 52,000-155,000.

  • Piguet & Meylan Quarter Repeating 18k Gold, Painted Enamel, Pearl and Turquoise Set Musical and Automaton Centre Seconds Watch, Made for the Chinese Market, Signed Piguet Et Meylan, The Case By Frères Oltramare, No. 6173/5792, The Enamel Attributed Jean Abraham Lissignol, Circa 1815. Estimate: HK$ 800,000-2,400,000/ US$ 104,000-310,000.

  • Piguet & Meylan 18K Gold, Pearl And Enamel-Set Quarter Repeating ‘Barking Dog’ Automaton Openface Watch, Made For The Chinese Market, Signed I.D. Piguet Et P. Meylan, Genève, No. 146, The Enamel Painting Attributed To Jean-François-Victor Dupont, Circa 1815. Estimate: HK$ 800,000-2,400,000/ US$ 104,000-310,000.

  • Attributed To Moulinié, Bautte & Cie. or J.B. Garrand, Geneva. An Extremely Rare, Important and Very Fine Gold Enamel and Pearl-Set Flintlock Pistol-Form Perfume Sprinkler with Concealed Watch, Made for the Chinese Market, Swiss, Geneva, Circa 1805. Estimate: HK$ 800,000-2,400,000/ US$ 104,000-310,000.

  • Patek Philippe 18k Gold Automatic Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch with Moon Phases and Leap Year Indication, Ref. 3450, Retailed By Gubelin, Manufactured In 1985. Estimate: HK$ 3,500,000-5,500,000/ US$ 452,000-710,000.

  • Patek Philippe Gilt Brass Solar Powered Dome Clock with Cloisonné Enamel. Ref. 1193, Manufactured In 1982. Estimate: HK$ 1,000,000-2,000,000/ US$ 130,000-259,000.

  • Patek Philippe Gilt Brass Solar Powered Dome Clock with Cloisonné Enamel. Ref. 1177M, Manufactured In 1979. Estimate: HK$ 1,000,000-2,000,000/ US$ 130,000-259,000.

  • Patek Philippe 18K Gold Keyless Lever Watch With Enamel Scene. Ref. 865/79, Manufactured In 1975. Estimate: HK$ 1,000,000-2,000,000/ US$ 130,000-259,000.

  • Patek Philippe 18K Gold Keyless Lever Watch With Enamel Scene. Ref. 652/31, Manufactured In 1986. Estimate: HK$ 1,000,000-2,000,000/ US$ 130,000-259,000

Auction Schedule

  • Saturday 22 May 2021 at 2pm: Day Sale ‘An Exceptional Season of Watches’

  • Saturday 22 May 2021 at 7pm: Evening Sale ‘The Legends of Time’

  • 19 May – 2 June 2021: Online Sale ‘Watches Online’