On 26 November, Christie’s Hong Kong will present the Important Watches Live Autumn Auction at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, featuring a diverse curation of exceptional timepieces for watch collectors across generations.
Comprising 146 lots and with a total low estimate of HK$123,268,000/ US$15,408,500, this remarkable auction will be held alongside the preeminent single-owner sale of The OAK Collection Part 1, announced in September, further enhancing Christie’s outstanding offering of watches this season in Hong Kong.
Highlights of the Important Watches Live Auction include two Patek Philippe wristwatches – one manufactured in 1950, the other in circa 2021 – which both showcase iconic complications made famous by the brand.
Firstly, an extraordinary vintage pink gold reference 1518, the ancestor of all Patek Philippe perpetual calendar chronographs, and, secondly, an impressive contemporary pink gold World Time Minute Repeating reference 5531R.
The latter’s dial is exquisitely decorated with a view of the Lavaux Vineyards on the shores of Lake Geneva, created in the centuries-old technique of cloisonne enamel – an art that has enjoyed a renaissance under the patronage of Patek Philippe. Both wristwatches exemplify the brand’s unwavering dedication to excellence, innovation, and the preservation of horological artistry.
Furthermore, Christie’s Hong Kong is presenting a very rare Philippe Dufour Simplicity in 18k pink gold. Other highlights are a Rolex Daytona Paul Newman, an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak White Gold, and a Richard Mille ladies’ diamond-set skeleton watch.
Hong Kong Important Watches Autumn Live Auction – Highlights
Patek Philippe Reference 1518 Pink Gold
An important, extremely rare and incredibly well-preserved 18k pink gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases and Portuguese calendar. Ref. 1518, second series, manufactured in 1950. Estimate: HK$16,000,000–32,000,000.
Patek Philippe Reference 5002P-001 Platinum
A magnificent and very rare platinum double-dial wristwatch with twelve complications including “cathedral” minute repeating, tourbillon, perpetual calendar with retrograde date, moon age and angular motion, sidereal time and sky chart. Ref. 5002P-001, circa 2010. Estimate: HK$10,000,000–20,000,000.
Patek Philippe Reference 5531R-012 Pink Gold
An extremely rare and gorgeous 18k pink gold automatic world time minute repeating wristwatch with cloisonné enamel dial depicting the view of the Lavaux vineyards on the shores of Lake Geneva. Ref. 5531R-012, circa 2021. Estimate: HK$8,400,000 – 16,000,000.
Patek Philippe 5217P-001 Platinum
A magnificent and highly complicated platinum and baguette-cut diamond-set minute repeating perpetual calendar tourbillon wristwatch with retrograde date, leap year and moon phases indication. Ref. 5217P-001, circa 2017. Estimate: HK$6,000,000 –12,000,000.
Philippe Dufour Simplicity
A very rare 18k pink gold wristwatch. Simplicity model, circa 2002. Estimate: HK$4,000,000–8,000,000.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Reference 15413BC
An extremely rare and magnificent 18k white gold, diamond and multi-coloured gem-set automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date and bracelet. Royal Oak model, Ref. 15413BC, sold in 2022. Estimate: HK$2,000,000–4,000,000.
Rolex Daytona Paul Newman
A highly attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet. Daytona model, “Paul Newman” dial, Ref. 6241. Estimate: HK$1,200,000–2,000,000.
Richard Mille RM037
A lady’s attractive 18k white gold and diamond-set automatic tonneau-shaped semi-skeletonised wristwatch with date, red jasper dial and bracelet. Ref. RM037, circa 2017. Estimate: HK$800,000–1,600,000.
Hong Kong Important Watches Autumn Live Auction
Place: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Date: 26 November 2023
Total lots: 146