Christie’s Watches Online: Geneva Edit (2 – 16 November 2021) – Highlights

Scheduled from 2nd to 16th November this year, Christie’s Watches Online: Geneva Edit auction will offer several exceptional timepieces, including a Rolex “Rainbow” Daytona in white gold; a rose gold Rolex “Pearl Master” with pavé-set diamonds; an elegant Cartier “Tank Asymètrique” in platinum; as well as two exceptional Patek Philippe models: the Ref. 3941 yellow gold perpetual calendar and the Ref. 5270G white gold perpetual calendar chronograph.

Highlights

Lot 201 – Rolex White Gold “Rainbow” Daytona, Ref. 116599

First introduced in 2012, the Daytona Rainbow is the most impressive and appealing of Rolex’s gem-set creations. The model was launched to widespread acclaim and is highly appreciated by collectors for its complete shake of tradition and the superb quality of the gem-set bezel with its painstakingly selected colour-matched stones.

Rolex White Gold “Rainbow” Daytona, Ref. 116599

The first examples were in yellow gold, followed by white gold and in 2018 the ‘Everose’ pink gold version was introduced with rainbow indexes and a choice of black or pave diamond-set dial. The case is further enhanced with white diamonds on the lugs and crown guards. The uniformity of the gems in respect to their colour and shape is quite exceptional.  (Est. CHF 200,000 – 400,000)

Lot 279 – Patek Philippe White Gold Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, Ref. 5270G

Upon its introduction at the Basel Fair in April 2011 it was the firm’s first perpetual calendar chronograph to use a 100% in-house designed and manufactured movement. This model houses the celebrated calibre 29-535 PS with Patek Philippe’s modern hallmark of excellence, the PP Seal. The 5270 was introduced with dial variants. The first, now discontinued, has a railroad outer seconds track, larger Patek Philippe signature, and black oxidized gold baton numerals.

Patek Philippe White Gold Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, Ref. 5270G

The second variation was introduced in late 2013 with both a silver as well as blue dial, such as the present watch. Perhaps the most distinguishing feature of these dials is the dip in the outer seconds track at 6 o’clock. Often referred to as a “chin dial”, this feature is characteristic of only this second generation 5270.

In addition, the dial features legible circular apertures for day/night as well as leap year indication, two windows for day and month, all housed within a large and attractive 41mm case. The present timepiece with white “chin” dial has never before been offered at Christie’s.

A successor to the 5970, this model represents the latest in Patek Philippe’s perpetual chronograph evolution. One can say that due to the acclaimed all in-house calibre and distinguished dial that it is a true icon of modern Patek Philippe production. (Est. CHF 90,000 – 120,000)

Lot 278 – Patek Philippe Yellow Gold Perpetual Calendar, Ref. 3941

Reference 3941 is possibly the rarest variant of the yellow gold 3940 self-winding perpetual calendar wristwatch series. In fact, since the launch of this model family in 1985, only a handful have returned to the market. Since the glazed backs were not numbered, Patek Philippe chose instead to apply the case number inside the upper-case part, underneath the bezel.

Patek Philippe Yellow Gold Perpetual Calendar, Ref. 3941

Production of references 3940 and 3941 was launched in 1985, the difference between the two references numbers being their back: Ref. 3940: plain snap on the back; Ref. 3941: glazed snap on back. To respond to their customers increasing demand for two backs, Patek Philippe produced the model as of around 1988 with both the plain and the glazed snap on back. Consequently, production of reference 3941 was discontinued in 1990. (Est. CHF 26,000 – 50,000)