Christie’s Hong Kong Live Auction 26 May 2023 – Highlights

Christie’s Hong Kong presents the highlights of its two live sales on 26 May 2023 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The Ultimate Collection sale will present a comprehensive selection of both contemporary and vintage pieces, featuring a number of elusive “double seal” and “special dial” lots by Patek Philippe, as well as highly desirable commissioned pieces by F.P. Journe.

This auction will also be a rare opportunity for collectors to acquire sought-after, discontinued Daytona references, ranging from the Ref. 116500LN to the vintage Ref. 6264 Paul Newman.

The Important Watches sale features an array of extremely limited “special dial” Patek Philippe references, including highly sought-after blue-chip models such as Ref. 3970S and Ref. 5970.

Most notably, this auction presents the most valuable timepiece ever to be offered in Christie’s Hong Kong auction room: a Patek Philippe Ref. 2523J ‘Dual Crown World Time’ with a map of North America depicted on its cloisonné enamel dial (Estimate: HK$55 million-120 million).

Single Owner Live Auction: The Ultimate Collection – Highlights

Patek Philippe Ref. 5207P-001

This Ref. 5207P-001 stands as one of the most complicated timepieces ever crafted by Patek Philippe.

Patek Philippe Ref. 5207P-001

The watch combines a minute repeater, instantaneous perpetual calendar, moon phases, day/night and leap year indications, as well as a tourbillon, all housed within a platinum case featuring hand-engraved flanks surrounding a bronze dial. Circa 2010. Estimate: HK$4,500,000-9,000,000

Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5976/1G-001

This rare 18k white gold and diamond-set limited edition automatic chronograph wristwatch with date and bracelet was launched to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Nautilus collection.

Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5976-1G-001

This single-sealed Nautilus model, Ref. 5976/1G-001, dates back to circa 2017. Estimate: HK$2,000,000-4,000,000.

Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Reference 3448

Patek Philippe. A remarkably rare and well-preserved 18k gold automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases, retailed by Gübelin, Ref. 3448, manufactured in 1977.

Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Reference 3448

The Reference 3448, introduced in 1962, was the world’s first serially produced self-winding perpetual calendar wristwatch, and until 1978 remained the only one of its kind on the market. This offered piece is therefore one of the last of its kind.

Estimate: HK$1,200,000-2,400,000).

Rolex Yacht-Master “Candy” Ref. 116695SATS

This 18k pink gold automatic Rolex Yacht-Master “Candy” watch features diamond and multi-colour gemstone-set accents, sweep centre seconds and date. Ref. 116695SATS, circa 2019.

Rolex Yacht-Master Candy Ref. 116695SATS

Estimate: HK$650,000-1,300,000.

Various Owners Live Auction: Important Watches – Highlights

Patek Philippe World Time Ref. 2523J

A historically significant Patek Philippe 18k gold Dual Crown World Time wristwatch with 24-hour indication and cloisonné enamel dial depicting a map of North America, this Ref. 2523J was masterfully crafted in 1955.

Patek Philippe World Time Ref. 2523J

Estimate: HK$55,000,000-120,000,000

Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon Ref. 5002R-014

A magnificent and highly complicated Patek Philippe 18k pink gold double-dial wristwatch featuring twelve complications, including a “cathedral” minute repeater, tourbillon, perpetual calendar with retrograde date, moon age and angular motion, sidereal time, and sky chart.

Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon Ref. 5002R-014

Unique in this configuration, this Sky Moon Tourbillon model, Ref. 5002R-014, showcases a black dial and diamond indexes, and dates back to circa 2012.

Estimate: HK$24,000,000-48,000,000.

Patek Philippe Chronograph Ref. 3670A-001

This Patek Philippe Ref. 3670A-001 chronograph in stainless steel is part of an exclusive limited edition of just 16 watches.

Made circa 2012, it features one of the 16 vintage chronograph movements – the legendary Calibre 13-130 from 1955 – which were discovered perfectly preserved in a chest at Patek Philippe’s historic headquarters in Geneva.

Patek Philippe Chronograph Ref. 3670A-001

To celebrate this fortuitous find, the calibres were disassembled, reassembled, and rehoused in a cushion case – in steel for this edition – reminiscent of the original 1950s chronograph.

Estimate: HK$7,200,000-12,000,000.

F.P. Journe China 2010 Tourbillon Souverain Limited Edition

The F.P. Journe China 2010 Tourbillon Souverain Limited Edition stands out with its stunning combination of a platinum case with a red lacquered dial. Moreover, only 5 pieces of this exceptional timepiece were crafted.

F.P. Journe China 2010 Tourbillon Souverain Limited Edition

In addition to the tourbillon complication, the “China 2010” features a remontoir d’égalité, a constant force mechanism ensuring extreme precision, and deadbeat seconds. Circa 2010.

Estimate: HK$6,500,000-12,000,000.

Auction details

Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 26 May 2023
Live Auction The Ultimate Collection – Single Owner: 107 lots, low estimate: HK$90 million
Live Auction Important Watches – Various Owners: 165 lots, low estimate: HK$188 million