Phillips Reveals the Full Catalogue of The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN

Phillips presents the full catalogue for The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN, showcasing nearly 180 rare and important timepieces. The highlights include a Cartier London Crash, the early F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain numbered 038/99T, and a rare F.P.Journe Tourbillon Souverain in Platinum with Salmon Dial and the only known Patek Philippe ref. 2499 retailed by Howes.

Following the success of the world tour, the watches will be unveiled in New York at 432 Park Avenue in the public exhibition opening on 3 December 2022. The auction will then take place over the course of two days on 10-11 December.

Among the top lots of the auction is the only known Patek Philippe ref. 2499 with a dial double signed by the American retailer, Howes, in exceptionally well-preserved condition.

Patek Philippe, Ref. 2499, Retailed by Howes
Patek Philippe Ref. 2499, Retailed by Howes

The other highlights include one of only thirty-five examples of a George Daniels Anniversary Watch in yellow gold, a vintage Omega Speedmaster originally issued to NASA, and the very first example of the reloaded Urwerk UR-102 as part of TimeForArt.

The auction will also present a special chapter of 10 lots dedicated to Grand Seiko, with a unique Kodo Constant-Force Tourbillon leading the collection.

Highlights

Patek Philippe, Ref. 2499, Retailed by Howes, Possibly Unique, 1973

This Patek Philippe Ref. 2499 (lot 127) is a remarkably well-preserved example. It is one of the most important third series ref. 2499 to appear on the market. Making its first appearance since it was sold at public auction over two decades ago, it has resided untouched in an important American collection since then.

Signed by the American retailer Howes, it is the only Howes-signed reference 2499 known, and thus one of the rarest ref. 2499s to ever be offered. The American import mark of “HOX” is stamped on the inside caseback, as well as the “18K” hallmark on the exterior of the caseback.

Estimate: $400,000 – 800,000

George Daniels, 35th Anniversary Watch

This watch (lot 110) marks the 35th anniversary of Daniels’ invention of the Co-axial escapement. Together with Roger W. Smith, only 35 examples were made in yellow gold, and the present example with serial number 09 is offered by the original owner in exceptional original condition. With its perfectly balanced, symmetrical 40mm diameter layout, it gives a sense of order and serenity. A large gold ring engraved with black Roman numerals is further anchored by two small sub-dials indicating the date and seconds on the dial.

This watch comes with an exceptionally finished engine-turned dial featuring a fan-shaped power-reserve indication beneath 12 o’clock, and the coveted signature of ‘DANIELS’ at 6 o’clock.

The escapement within uses a single wheel Daniels Co-axial escapement perfected by Roger W. Smith, where the upper and lower wheels of Daniels’ original design were combined into one escape wheel with added teeth. The design permitted the wheel to be fabricated in a single operation and removed a potential error source.

Estimate: $400,000 – 1,000,000

Patek Philippe, Ref. 5275P, Made for the 175th Anniversary of Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2014 by releasing a collection of six limited edition timepieces. Combining taste, technical mastery, and incredible rarity, they are a masterful representation of Patek Philippe’s excellence in watchmaking, with the reference 5275P being amongst the collection’s most complicated and impressive offerings.

With just 175 examples in existence, the reference 5275P is a modern chiming Jump Hour wristwatch that took four years of research and development to create.

The new caliber 32-650 HGS PS represents a remarkable high-complication mechanism, with the jump hour requiring precise power and energy management to permit its functions to advance in sync. The result is that all time indications advance by instantaneous jump intervals, rather than a constant movement.

The Patek Philippe 5275P measures 40mm in diameter and 45mm from lug to lug and is most appreciated by connoisseurs for its loud and crisp chiming mechanism that is perfectly synchronized to the time.

Consigned by the original owner and fresh-to-the market, this Patek 5275P platinum watch (lot 20) is offered complete with the original Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin and its accompanying set of accessories.

Estimate: $300,000 – 600,000

A Complete Set of Patek Philippe Ref. 5131s

Phillips is offering an entire set (lots 37-40) of Patek Philippe’s superb cloisonné enamel dial world time wristwatches, produced beginning in 2008. With reference 5131, Patek Philippe resurrected the line of Cloisonné world time pieces, which originally appeared in the 1950s and are now considered amongst the masterpieces of the brand.

Launched originally in yellow gold, the reference was produced in the three gold colors and in platinum. In 2021, the last scion of reference 5131 (the platinum version) was discontinued, officially sanctioning the end of this landmark reference. Offered as individual lots and fully complete, the set is consigned by the original owner, an important collector of Patek Philippe watches, who purchased each when they were launched.

Estimates

  • Patek Philippe Ref. 5131/1P-001 in platinum: $100,000 – 200,000
  • Patek Philippe Ref. 5131R in pink gold: $70,000 – 140,000
  • Patek Philippe Ref. 5131J in yellow gold: $60,000 – 120,000
  • Patek Philippe Ref. 5131G in white gold: $70,000 – 140,000

Patek Philippe, Ref. 5070J “Special Order”, Possibly Unique, 2011

The Patek Philippe reference 5070 was the first chronograph-only wristwatch released by the firm since the 1960s when production of the iconic water-resistant reference 1463 ceased.

Introduced in 1998 at Basel, Ref. 5070 comes with an oversized 42mm case diameter and a dramatically thick, stepped bezel. The present example (lot 56) is a most probably unique, and the only one known to feature a superb and radiant brown, luminous dial and Breguet hour markers. Another extraordinary detail on the dial is the subtle monogram, ‘MSO’, presented at 6 o’clock. For Patek Philippe to permit a monogram on the dial, one’s importance to the brand must be truly significant.

Discontinued since 2009, the reference houses Patek Philippe’s manual-winding caliber CH 27-70, based upon a highly modified Lemania 2310 ébauche. Considered one of the finest chronograph movement designs of all-time, the movement is extremely well-finished – stamped with the Geneva Seal, while providing an impressive 60 hours of power reserve.

This reference 5070 is offered for the first time at auction, preserved in overall outstanding condition and offered with its Certificate of Origin and fitted box. It features a 42mm stepped case and brown dial.

Estimate: $80,000 to $200,000

URWERK, Reloaded UR-102

One of the 17 timepieces being offered in TimeForArt with all proceeds benefitting Swiss Institute, in this remarkable pièce unique, Cooper Jacoby reinterprets one of the most iconic and decisive URWERK timepieces: the UR-102 in its reloaded version.

This singular watch (lot 112) is the very first specimen of the coming URWERK UR-102 reloaded collection. It features an hour satellite wandering along a minute track displaying time in both analogue and digital formats. On the face of this unique timepiece, using thermochromic pigments, Jacoby visualizes one of the body’s most essential regulatory systems: temperature.

In eye-catching shades of blue, green, yellow, and orange, the watch face chromatically corresponds to changes in body and atmosphere temperatures, ensuring that this piece is in a state of constant flux.

Estimate: $40,000 – 80,000

Omega, Speedmaster Ref. 145.012, Originally Issued to NASA

This extraordinary Omega Speedmaster was originally issued to NASA, and only the second reference 145.012 Speedmaster ever offered at public auction with a NASA serial number inscribed.

The remarkable engravings on the caseback and central case band are only found on Speedmasters destined for one organization – NASA, making it amongst the rarest and most coveted of all vintage Speedmasters.

Furthermore, it is only 6 numbers away from a similar reference 145.012-68 worn by Michael Collins (1930 – 2021) during the storied Apollo 11 mission.

The watch (lot 169) is accompanied by two Omega extracts, one signed by James H. Ragan, who was a NASA Program Manager and an aerospace engineer. The extract confirms the watch was delivered to NASA via Norman Morris, Omega’s US distributor at the time.

Estimate: $75,000 – 150,000

Cartier, London Crash in 18 Karat Yellow Gold, circa 1970

Amongst the top lots of the December auction is a Cartier London Crash, made in 1970, offered directly from the family of the original owner. The famed Crash watch, with its amazing, dream-like curved form, is Cartier’s most radical watch design.

The watch being offered at Phillips is part of a very limited number of examples produced by Cartier London, featuring London hallmarks on the case back interior, and its original Cartier deployant buckle with similar London hallmarks also dating it to 1970 – both further stamped ‘JC’ for Jean-Jacques Cartier. A possibly unique and unusual aspect of this particular example is the “Swiss Movement” engraved to the case back, a feature not seen on other examples.

This Cartier Crash is offered for the first time ever by a descendant of the original owner, Daphne Farago. Along with her husband Peter, Daphne was an esteemed art collector and recognized philanthropist with an intelligent eye for American folk art and furniture, contemporary craft, and jewellery. Today, her extraordinary jewellery collection is housed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, donated in 2006.

Well-preserved in outstanding condition with a sharp case and remarkably well-preserved dial, this model is hardly ever seen at auction.

Estimate: $400,000-800,000

F.P. Journe, Tourbillon Souverain in Platinum with Salmon Dial, circa 1999

This extremely early and rare example of Journe’s Tourbillon with remontoir d’egalité is numbered 038, dating from 1999. The case back engraving style is typical of Journe’s earliest – extremely shallow and also extremely sought-after.

This particular example even exhibits what can be considered a rare error. On the caseback, it features an engraving ‘In . Fecit’ instead of ‘Inv. Fecit’.

An extremely small minority of these early tourbillons were fitted with pink gold dials, such as the present number 038, and have highly reflective traits.

According to experts, only six hand-made pink gold dials are known, with the dial exhibiting subtle stripes that attest to its hand-finished nature. Completely original, the dial’s printed text appears as though it is floating over the dial surface. Furthermore, it exhibits the remarkable sheen and luster found in Journe’s’ earliest dials that is today so coveted by collectors. Such early Journe dials often display beautiful variations of patina, taking on colors ranging from a rosé champagne color to a shimmering copper.

The present early Tourbillon Souverain number 038 with an extraordinary pink gold dial, extremely rare even in the rare pantheon of early Journe tourbillons, was purchased by the current consignor from the original owner in 2004. Having remained in the same collection for almost two decades, it is offered with guarantee and presentation box in exemplary condition.

Estimate: $300,000-600,000

Patek Philippe, Ref. 3998J-013 Hieroglyph “Helmut Newton” in 18 karat yellow gold, circa 2002

This unique Patek Philippe Calatrava features an extraordinary Egyptian hieroglyph dial. The present reference 3998J first appeared at public auction in June 2014 along with two other watches with hieroglyphs, another in yellow gold model and one in titanium. Prior to this auction appearance, no other Patek Philippe timepieces with Egyptian hieroglyph markers were known and no one had ever had them translated.

The choice of hieroglyphs is one of the most unusual and unique options ever found on any Patek Philippe dial. Given the absolute rarity of this dial type, it was certainly a special order by an extremely important Patek Philippe client. Close inspection of the dials of each watch reveals they each have unique hieroglyphic combinations and layouts.

Their placement puzzled watch enthusiasts, since they don’t follow the traditional hour marker pattern, with numerals placed around the outer edge of the dial. Phillips is now proud to present the translations of these hieroglyphs for the first time. The dial of the present lot spells out “HALMUT” at 6 o’clock, and “NAUTUN” at 12 o’clock, while the titanium example translates to “SAUD” at 6 o’clock and “AL TANI” at 12 o’clock.

The late Saud bin Muhammed Al Thani, a Qatari Prince who served as Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage, was an avid art and watch collector, and the former owner of the famed Henry Graves Supercomplication, which he purchased during the 1999 Time Museum auction in New York City.

The present yellow gold 3998 represents a surprising discovery; however, when viewed in a broader context, one understands the decision for its creation. At the time of his death, the art collection Al Thani amassed in the span of about a decade was valued at $1.5 billion and included a diverse array of art and objects. Among his many interests was a sustained passion for photography, owning works by Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and, of course, Helmut Newton.

In fact, Al Thani and Helmut Newton had a working relationship, with the prince paying Newton $210,000 for a three-day commission. Following this project, one can extrapolate Al Thani most likely had the wristwatch made as a gift for Newton, but never presented it.

The “Helmut Newton” 3998J is a wonderful representation of Patek Philippe’s iconic Calatrava wristwatch. Moreover, it comes with a unique 3998J-013 reference number and Extract from the Archives confirming the Egyptian hieroglyph hour markers.

Estimate: $50,000-100,000

Grand Seiko Kodo Constant-Force Tourbillon SLGT001, circa 2022

The chapter of the auction dedicated to Grand Seiko will feature 10 exceptional lots spanning vintage and modern watches from this highly respected Japanese luxury brand. A unique, one-of-one Kodo Constant Force Tourbillon – Grand Seiko’s very first mechanical complication – will lead the group.

At its heart is a uniquely innovative movement that delivers a level of stable accuracy unprecedented for Grand Seiko by combining a tourbillon and a constant-force mechanism as one unit on a single axis for the first time in history. The watch is named Kodo, the Japanese word for heartbeat. Featuring an open-work design and sapphire case back, the distinctive nature of its motion and carefully designed sound can be admired at all times by its wearer.

The concept for the unique Kodo model to be sold exclusively by Phillips was based on musō 無双, which roughly translates to “one and only” or “second to none.” A fitting term for this one-of-a-kind piece, the Kodo SLGT001 differs in several important ways compared to the global model limited to 20 pieces, reference SLGT003.

First, the multi-component case structure is made of Grand Seiko’s proprietary alloy, Brilliant Hard Titanium. This material, which is used on only the outer case and outer construction of the bezel of SLGT003, is used for both the inner and exterior case components to reduce weight and achieve a comfortable feel.

Brilliant Hard Titanium is as light as pure titanium but twice as hard as stainless steel and, therefore, highly resistant to scratches. Its color is brighter than other forms of titanium used by Grand Seiko, allowing the Zaratsu polished surfaces to stand out more prominently.

The bridges, mainplate, and many of the components of the movement are plated in a silver color to create an entirely new aesthetic for the Kodo. A yellow-gold accent for the power reserve and seconds track of the carriage inherits the aesthetic of the T0 concept movement.

The GS letters are specially engraved by hand on the Brilliant Hard Titanium clasp by Grand Seiko’s very best engravers. The watch is offered with a unique, brown-colored calf strap specially treated in the same traditional way as was used to create the high-durability material once used in the armor of the Samurai. The strap’s surface is painted by hand with Urushi lacquer in a multi-coating process that gives the strap a delicate sheen.

Accompanying the unique piece Kodo SLGT001 will be an exclusive trip to Japan to meet its creators, the Grand Seiko team, and a visit to Grand Seiko Studio Shizukuishi in Japan’s Iwate prefecture.

Grand Seiko will be donating proceeds from the December auction to charity. The profit from the sale of select modern timepieces will be donated to the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden in Miami, Florida. For the piece-unique Kodo Constant-force Tourbillon, a portion of the sale will be donated to the Children’s Heart Foundation.

Estimate on request.

To discover all lots please visit https://www.phillips.com/auctions/auction/NY080322

Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI Results

Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo achieves a white glove sale, selling 100% of the lots offered in The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI, resulting in a grand total of CHF 44,979,370 / $45,073,827 / €45,249,246, more than doubling the pre-sale estimate of CHF 19.9 to 37.5 million.

Held over two days on 5 and 6 November 2022, this event offered the auction of a total number of 226 exceptional watches.

The star lot was the unique Spring Case Tourbillon in yellow gold by George Daniels, the founding father of independent watchmaking. This timepiece was sold to a bidder in the room for CHF 4,083,500. This marks the highest price ever achieved for a wristwatch by a British maker but also the second highest price achieved by an independent watchmaker.

GEORGE DANIELS Spring Case Tourbillon (Lot 27)
GEORGE DANIELS Spring Case Tourbillon (Lot 27)

Daniels only made two unique wristwatches for his own personal use; one of these being this exact novel double-dialled spring case watch with one-minute tourbillon and calendar, completed in 1992.

The George Daniels yellow gold anniversary limited to 35 pieces was sold for CHF 693,000 / USD 694,455. The yellow gold George Daniels Millennium watch limited to 48 pieces achieved CHF 828,600.

The unique A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph “Hampton Court Edition” was sold for CHF 1,058,500, a world auction record for any A. Lange & Söhne watch at auction. The proceeds are going to The Prince’s Trust, including buyer’s premium.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph Hampton Court Edition (Lot 209)
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph Hampton Court Edition (Lot 209)

Fetching a world auction record for the model was the exceptional Philippe Dufour Simplicity in white gold, which eventually sold for CHF 1,022,200. With a case/dial configuration that has never been seen on the market before, this wristwatch features a slate grey dial, full pink gold Breguet numerals and pink gold hands.

A unique Zenith x Voutilainen x Phillips caliber 135-O wristwatch sold for CHF 315,000 with full proceeds going to charity.

  • Lots offered: 226

  • Lots sold: 226

  • Total: CHF 44,979,370 / $45,073,827 / €45,249,246

Top Ten Lots

Lot 27: GEORGE DANIELS, Spring Case Tourbillon – A unique, historically important double sided yellow gold wristwatch with power reserve, day and date

  • Estimate: In Excess of CHF1, 000,000
  • Price Achieved: CHF 4,083,500/ $4,092,075/ €4,108,001 (world record for a wristwatch by a British watchmaker)

Lot 153: PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 1518 – A highly important pink gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moonphases

  • Estimate: CHF 800,000 – 1,600,000
  • Price Achieved: CHF 1,240,000/ $1,242,604/ €1,247,440

Lot 20: Patek Philippe, Ref. 2499 – A yellow gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon-phases and glossy black dial with gilt graphics. The only example known with Extract-confirmed black dial

  • Estimate: CHF 400,000 – 800,000
  • Price Achieved: CHF 1,179,500/ $1,181,977/ €1,186,577

Lot 209: A. LANGE & SÖHNE, Ref. 414.047, 1815 Chronograph “Hampton Court Edition” – A unique white gold flyback chronograph with hinged caseback with 100% of proceeds going to The Prince’s Trust

  • Estimate: CHF 100,000 – 200,000
  • Price Achieved: CHF 1,058,500/ $1,060,723/ €1,064,851 (world record for any A. Lange & Söhne)

Lot 232: PHILIPPE DUFOUR, Simplicity – An extremely rare and fine white gold wristwatch with guilloché dial, Breguet numerals, original certificate and presentation box

  • Estimate: CHF 350,000 – 700,000
  • Price Achieved: CHF 1,022,200/ $1,024,347/ €1,028,333 (world record for the reference)

Lot 214: PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 3974 – A so far unique, early, extremely important pink gold minute repeating wristwatch with perpetual calendar, moonphases, 24-hour indication, anthracite dial, Breguet numerals and Hagmann case

  • Estimate: CHF 300,000 – 600,000
  • Price Achieved: CHF 961,700/ $963,720/ €967,470

Lot 113: PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 530, “Monochrome Pink” – An extremely rare and well-preserved pink gold oversize chronograph wristwatch with pink dial, the only example known in this configuration

  • Estimate: CHF 300,000 – 600,000
  • Price Achieved: CHF 901,200/ $903,093/ €906,607

Lot 19: PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5070G-014 – An important and rare white gold chronograph wristwatch with Salmon dial, certificate of origin and presentation box

  • Estimate: CHF 200,000 – 400,000
  • Price Achieved: CHF 852,800/ $854,591/ €857,917(world record for the reference)

Lot 141: GEORGE DANIELS, Millenium – A yellow gold wristwatch with Co-axial escapement, date, correspondence from George Daniels and presentation box, part of a limited edition of 48 pieces

  • Estimate: CHF 250,000 – 500,000
  • Price Achieved: CHF 828,600/ $830,340/ €833,572 (world record for the reference)

Lot 161: ROLEX, Ref. 6264 – An extraordinarily rare yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with “Paul Newman Lemon” dial, brown “tropical” subsidiary registers and outer track and service papers

  • Estimate: CHF 550,000 – 1,100,000
  • Price Achieved: CHF 816,500/ $818,215/ €821,399

Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo to Offer a Single-Owner Collection of Fine Watches from The Armoury’s Mark Cho

Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo and Mark Cho, co-founder of the menswear retailer The Armoury, have announced The Beauty in Everything Single Owner Online Auction, presenting over 50 iconic timepieces from the collection of Mark Cho, an avid watch collector and aficionado for nearly two decades.

The sale of this single-owner collection that was formed over 16 years reflecting Cho’s horological passion, impeccable taste and deep knowledge of watches will consist of vintage and modern timepieces by watch brands such as Patek Philippe, A. Lange & Söhne, IWC, Grand Seiko, Cartier, Omega, and H. Moser & Cie.

Taking place on Phillips.com and Phillips App from 30 November to 6 December, many watches from Cho’s collection will represent an exciting opportunity for collectors around the globe to acquire extraordinary timepieces.

Selected highlights from the sale will be on view in London from 20-23 October and Geneva from 2-6 November. A full auction preview of the collection will be held at The Armoury Pedder Building in Hong Kong from 30 November to 6 December, 2022.

Auction Highlights

A. Lange & Söhne, Lange 1 Soirée

Made in extremely small quantities, the present Lange 1 from Cho’s collection is a true spectacle offered in excellent overall conditions, boasting an iridescent dial fashioned entirely out of mother of pearl with hand-finished guilloche patterns.

A. Lange & Söhne, Lange 1 "Soirée", Ref. 110.030 in white gold
A. Lange & Söhne, Lange 1 “Soirée”, Ref. 110.030 in white gold

Fitted in a white gold case with matching bracelet, it retains all the desired elements of a quintessential Lange 1, featuring the iconic oversized date apertures at 2 o’clock, power reserve indication at 3 o’clock, an hours and minutes register and a small seconds subsidiary dial.

Estimate: HK$300,000-600,000/ US$38,500-76,900

Patek Philippe, Nautilus, Ref. 3800/001

The Patek Philippe reference 3800/001 in stainless steel offered in the sale is an exceptional Nautilus. Featuring a rare dial with a sunburst finish, this radial grey canvas is contrasted with hand-painted white minute markers.

Patek Philippe, Nautilus, Ref. 3800/001 in stainless steel, circa 1990
Patek Philippe, Nautilus, Ref. 3800/001 in stainless steel, circa 1990

According to its Certificate or Origin and Extract from the Archives, the present wristwatch originally left the factory in 1990 with a “black matte ribbed dial” and “white gold indexes”.

A receipt from Patek Philippe is further delivered with this timepiece, confirming that the updated anthracite grey dial with white markers was delivered in 2011.

Estimate: HK$300,000-500,000/ US$38,500-64,100

Patek Philippe Ref. 3940

The Patek Philippe reference 3940 was first released in 1985 as a 25-piece limited edition to commemorate the 225th Anniversary of Beyer Chronometrie, an esteemed Zurich-based retailer and long-time friend of the firm.

Patek Philippe, Ref. 3940 in yellow gold, circa 1987
Patek Philippe, Ref. 3940 in yellow gold, circa 1987

This present reference 3940 bears a movement that belongs to the first series with a small production of no more than 1300 pieces. Boasting a distinctive dial, featuring flat, sunken sub-registers with 24-hour and leap year indicators, the earlier specimens differ from later examples which have a leap year sub-dial with a cross dividing the four years.

Furthermore, this is a rare dial variation made exclusively for the German market, as seen in the day and month indications.

Estimate: HK$250,000-450,000 /US$32,100-57,700

Grand Seiko SBGZ001

The Grand Seiko SBGZ001 presented in the sale is one of the most ambitious designs the brand has ever released.

Made in the Micro Artist Studio, where the brand’s ultra-fine, small production pieces are created, it features a fully hand-engraved case in their signature “Snowflake” style as well as a Dufour level of finishing on the movement.

Grand Seiko, Elegance Spring Drive, "Snowflake”, Ref. SBGZ001 in platinum, circa 2019, numbered 12/30
Grand Seiko, Elegance Spring Drive, “Snowflake”, Ref. SBGZ001 in platinum, circa 2019, numbered 12/30

It was released as a limited edition of 30 pieces in honour of the 20th Anniversary of the Spring Drive. Only available at the Grand Seiko Boutiques, this platinum reference is part of a group of timepieces first released in March 2019, powered by the Spring Drive caliber 9R02.

Estimate: HK$200,000-400,000 / US$25,600-51,300

H. Moser x The Armoury Total Eclipse

In an unprecedented collaboration between H Moser & Cie and The Armoury, the Endeavour Small Seconds Total Eclipse was conceived, embodying the distinct design codes of both houses.

Launched in January 2022 with a limited edition of 28 pieces, this model comes in two references and is inspired by both brands’ deep appreciation for quality craftsmanship and exceptional elegance.

H. Moser & Cie, Endeavour Small Seconds Total Eclipse, Ref. 1327-1200 in stainless steel, circa 2022, one of a limited edition of 28 pieces, made in collaboration with The Armoury
H. Moser & Cie, Endeavour Small Seconds Total Eclipse, Ref. 1327-1200 in stainless steel, circa 2022, one of a limited edition of 28 pieces, made in collaboration with The Armoury

Both references sport a stark Vantablack dial that absorbs 99.965% of the light, reflecting the astronomical phenomena of a backlit moon obstructing the sun. The watch comes with Breguet hands, a floating subdial and a polished inner bezel.

Estimate: HK$120,000-200,000/ US$15,400-25,600

Chanel, Monsieur de Chanel, Ref. H4800

Introduced in 2016, Chanel Monsieur reference H4800 is a limited edition of 300 pieces, with 150 examples in beige gold and another 150 pieces in white gold.

Chanel, Monsieur de Chanel, Ref. H4800 in beige gold, circa 2016, numbered 16 of a limited edition of 300 pieces
Chanel, Monsieur de Chanel, Ref. H4800 in beige gold, circa 2016, numbered 16 of a limited edition of 300 pieces

Encased in beige gold, the present watch features a silvered dial with jumping hours, and retrograde minutes backed up by a beautifully designed and finished movement. Powered by the Caliber 1, the launch of this model also marks the momentous milestone of the Maison’s first in-house high-watchmaking movement.

As a special nod to Chanel jewellery, the case is made of their proprietary beige gold rather than typical yellow or pink gold.

Estimate: HK$60,000-120,000/ 7,700-15,400

Quick facts

  • Name of auction: The Beauty in Everything Single Owner Online Auction
  • Dates from 30 November to 6 December, 2022

International Preview

London: 20-23 October at Phillips, 30 Berkeley Square, London
Geneva: 2-6 November at Hôtel La Réserve, 301 Route de Lausanne, Geneva, Switzerland
Hong Kong: 30 November – 6 December at The Armoury Pedder Building, Shop 307, 12 Pedder St, Central, Hong Kong

Online auction link: https://www.phillips.com/auctions/auction/HK080422

Christie’s The Geneva Edit Online Auction (1-15 November 2022) – Highlights

The Christie’s online auction “Watches Online: The Geneva Edit” will offer a curated selection of remarkable and eye-catching timepieces.

Open for bidding from 1 through 15 November, it will comprise esteemed pieces by Rolex, Cartier, Breguet, Vacheron Constantin, Zenith, and especially Audemars Piguet and Richard Mille.

Collectors will be also delighted to discover a strong and highly attractive section dedicated to independents brands such as Christophe Claret, Jorg Hysek, deLaCour or Jean Dunand, and to the most confidential productions these unconventional watchmakers have made.

This Online auction will be one of the rare and unique opportunities to acquire these pieces, which are no longer produced and are therefore an absolute rarity.

Among the highlights: the fantastic Richard Mille ‘Felipe Massa’ Ref. RM011 AH WG, an Audemars Piguet ‘Royal Oak A Series’ Ref. 5402ST, as well as a stunning Jorg Hysek limited edition white gold minute repeating tourbillon ‘Symphony’, number 9 of 10.

A selection of 50 lots offered in this Online Auction will be exhibited at the Four Seasons Hôtel des Bergues in Geneva, from 3 to 5 November.

Richard Mille, white gold and titanium chronograph ‘Felipe Massa’, Ref. RM011 AH WG. Circa 2011

The RM011 Felipe Massa was introduced by Richard Mille in 2007 and has since become a staple of the manufacturer’s line-up and their most successful chronograph.

Bearing the name of the famed Formula One driver, the RM011 was Richard Mille’s first chronograph which was not a rattrapante.

Richard Mille, white gold and titanium chronograph 'Felipe Massa', Ref. RM011 AH WG. Circa 2011

As one of the first sporting figure to have joined the Richard Mille family, the manufacture celebrated the 10th anniversary of their collaboration with Formula One racing driver Felipe Massa by launching the RM011 chronograph.

Estimate: CHF200,000-400,000

Audemars Piguet, stainless steel ‘Royal Oak A Series’, Ref. 5402ST, No. A1121. From 1974

This steel ‘A Series’ is part of the first 2000 Royal Oaks ever created. This first series was numbered from A 0001 to A 2000.

Indeed, after having sold out the first 1’000 pieces, the eventual success of this model was such that Audemars Piguet took the decision to increase the production to 2’000 pieces. After the ‘A-series’ sold out, manufacture progressed on to the ‘B’ series, ‘C’ series, and so on.

While the Royal Oak watch was entirely designed by Gérald Genta, the bracelets for the reference 5402ST were produced by Gay Frères, the most celebrated bracelet maker of the 20th century.

Audemars Piguet, stainless steel 'Royal Oak A Series', Ref. 5402ST

The case and bracelet are one and the same on the Royal Oak, with each link connected by two perpendicular smaller stainless-steel links. This allows for a form-fitting bracelet that follows the curvature of the wrist, making it both striking in appearance and comfortable to wear.

Collectors have long been discovering and researching the rarities from the last almost 50 years of production of the Royal Oak. Early examples from the ‘A’ series and those with tropical dials have captured the serious attention of watch enthusiasts.

Genta’s original dominant design allied with limited availability has ensured that the ‘A Series’ watches of the Royal Oak are amongst the most coveted timepieces ever, enjoying a continuously expanding popularity.

Estimate: CHF70,000-160,000

Jorg Hysek, limited edition white gold minute repeating tourbillon ‘Symphony’, No. 9/10. From 2007

Launched in 1997, HYSEK brand has imposed its disruptive vision within the watch industry as well as its atypical style which heckles and dares the difference.

Independent and unconventional, Hysek has gained a significant and prestigious position on the high end of luxury timepieces. Hysek is synonym of creativity, technicality, quality, exclusiveness. Its contemporary style reveals minimalist and pure lines. HYSEK timepieces are the result of the harmony of shapes and volumes combined to an extreme search of the detail which convey a very strong identity.

Jorg Hysek, limited edition white gold minute repeating tourbillon 'Symphony'

The elements proper to Hysek concept are the refined and elaborated watch profiles, the multi-layered dials displaying the numbers 1-5-7-11, the personalised hand-engraved movements decoration, the perfect integration of the bracelet into the watch case for an incomparable wearing comfort as well as the fold-over buckles, exclusive design to Hysek in a perfect continuity to the case.

The brand has expanded very quickly and in the purpose of establishing its watch making legitimacy, Hysek created its own manufacture in 2007, which placed the company as a major actor of the watch industry. Today, the brand creates and manufactures watches, jewellery, writing instruments and accessories.

Estimate: CHF80,000-120,000

Christie’s Hong Kong Important Watches 27 November 2022: The Triazza Collection, Part I

On 27 November, Christie’s Hong Kong will be holding a live auction event for Important Watches that will feature The Triazza Collection, Part I, which comprises some of the rarest and most magnificent timepieces from Patek Philippe.

The Christie’s Hong Kong auction offers a total of over 200 watches, with a selection of highly desirable timekeepers, both modern and vintage. Renowned Maisons such as Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, Breguet, Jaeger-LeCoultre and A. Lange & Söhne will be represented in this Live Sale, including noteworthy creations by F.P. Journe.

Highlights

Patek Philippe Esmond Bradley Martin Ref. 605 HU cloisonné dial ‘North America’, manufactured in 1950

This exemplary Patek Philippe reference 605 HU (Heure Universelle) World Time dress watch with cloisonné enamel ‘North America’ dial is one of only a handful of these sublimely beautiful horological masterpieces to ever have come to market.

It brings with it a wonderful and impeccable provenance, its first owner was one of the great American watch collectors of the 20th century, Esmond Bradley Martin, who purchased this watch from Tiffany & Co. in New York in December 1957. For the past decade, it has been a highlight of an important private watch collection.

Patek Philippe Esmond Bradley Martin Ref. 605 HU cloisonné dial ‘North America’

From 1939 to 1964 Louis Cottier and Patek Philippe produced up to 95 pieces of the reference 605 HU, of which 68 were in yellow gold and 27 in pink gold. Reference 605 HU was available with a plain metal dial or a unique cloisonné enamel dial.

The latter could depict individual continents, hemispheres or even the entire planet. This reference was one of the earliest to use Louis Cottier’s world time system and each watch was made under Cottier’s direct supervision to ensure that the world time mechanism operated flawlessly, even after it was cased.

Patek Philippe’s cloisonné dial wristwatches are always among the rarest and most exclusive watches of any reference. Today, only around 12 surviving examples of reference 605 HU are known with cloisonné dials, however only four, including the present watch, were decorated with the map of North America.

Estimate: HK$7,000,000-14,000,000

Patek Philippe Geneva Observatory 1st Prize tourbillon, manufactured in 1924

This important and large-size Geneva Observatory 1st Prize winning tourbillon is not only in exceptional condition and one of the finest high-precision Patek Philippe watches, it is also possibly unique in retaining both its original gold case and white enamel Breguet numeral dial and, in addition, its original antimagnetic observatory contest case and original contest silver sector dial.

According to the Geneva Observatory records, the present movement was awarded a First Prize at the Timing Contest of 1931 with 782 points out of a possible 1000. This chronometer was the 13th out of the 50 classified among more than 600.

Patek Philippe Geneva Observatory 1st Prize tourbillon

The first in the trial gained 856 and the last 604, 58 chronometers were entered for the contest. The tourbillon carriage was made by James Pellaton and the watch was adjusted by master adjuster Jules Golay-Audemars.

As is common to all Patek Philippe movements made for observatory testing, the present watch it is engraved twice with the movement number. The inscription “Extra” on the bridge of the movement refers to the very high finishing of all the parts of the movement. This watch achieved chronometer standard as attested to by the stamping of the movement with the Seal of Geneva (twice).

Estimate: HK$5,500,000 – 11,000,000.

Patek Philippe Ref. 5004J-017

Patek Philippe Ref. 5004J-017

An almost certainly unique yellow gold split seconds chronograph perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases, 24-hour and leap year indications, with a Certificate of Origin-confirmed stunning black monogram dial, luminous indexes and luminous hands and white tachymeter scale, made as a bespoke commission for the remarkable American collector Michael Ovitz. Circa 2011. Estimate: HK$5,000,000 – 10,000,000.

Patek Philippe Ref. 1415 Heures Universelles

Patek Philippe Ref. 1415 Heures Universelles

A superb and very rare 18k gold world time wristwatch, with ‘short’ signature, manufactured in 1948. Only 82 pieces were made in yellow gold, and less than 20 pieces in yellow gold examples with ‘short’ signature. Estimate: HK$1,500,000-3,000,000.

Patek Philippe Ref. 5073P-001

Patek Philippe Ref. 5073P-001

An extremely rare and magnificent diamond-set platinum automatic “Cathedral” minute repeating perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases, 24-hour and leap year indication. On the bezel: baguette-cut diamonds. Circa 2014. Estimate: HK$11,000,000 – 18,000,000.

F.P. Journe Watches

F.P. Journe 30th Anniversary Tourbillon, limited edition of 99 pieces

F.P. Journe 30th Anniversary Tourbillon

A rare 18k rose gold and silver limited edition tourbillon wristwatch to celebrate thirty years since the founding of the F.P. Journe watchmaking Manufacture. Circa 2014. Estimate: HK$2,400,000 – 4,800,000.

F.P. Journe lineSport Automatique Reserve

F.P. Journe lineSport Automatique Reserve

18k pink gold automatic wristwatch with date, power reserve, day/night indication and bracelet. Circa 2021. Estimate: HK$800,000 – 1,600,000.

F.P. Journe Élégante 40 platinum

F.P. Journe Élégante 40 platinum

An attractive lady’s diamond and sapphire-set platinum wristwatch. Circa 2021. Estimate: HK$350,000 – 700,000.

F.P. Journe Élégante 40 titanium

F.P. Journe Élégante 40 titanium

An attractive lady’s ceramic and diamond-set titanium wristwatch. Circa 2021. Estimate: HK$180,000 – 280,000.

Antiquorum to Auction a Henri Grandjean & Cie Grand Complication Pocket Watch

During the Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces Geneva auction on 05th and 06th November 2022, Antiquorum is offering a Henri Grandjean & Cie Grand Complication Pocket Watch.

Dating back to 1880, this ultra-complicated mechanical pocket watch was made by Henri Grandjean (1803-1879), founder of the Neuchâtel Observatory.

Henri Grandjean & Cie Grand Complication Pocket Watch

This gold pocket watch with eight complications rarely combined in a single piece is one of the most complex timepieces ever made by Henri Grandjean. This chronometric treasure will be auctioned at the Antiquorum Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces Sale at the Beau Rivage in Geneva on 6 November 2022.
Henri Grandjean & Cie Grand Complication Pocket Watch

This timepiece incorporates eight watchmaking complications: retrograde perpetual calendar (fly-back), chronograph, moon phases, quarter repetition by two hammers on two gongs and dual time zone.

Henri Grandjean & Cie Grand Complication Pocket Watch

Made for the Spanish or South American market, it features an 18K Multi-coloured gold (yellow, pink, green and white) hunting-case with a diameter of 61.5 mm. The case itself is comprised of 27 parts. This large, round-shaped pocket watch comes with keyless-winding system.

Henri Grandjean & Cie Grand Complication Pocket Watch

Born in Le Locle on 14th December 1803, Henri Grandjean was an extraordinary Watchmaker. He founded the prestigious Neuchâtel Observatory. He was also the architect of the reference point for precision in Le Locle (Cité de la Précision) thanks to the cable he had laid between the Observatory and the watchmaking school in Le Locle, which he also had built.

Finally, among other architectural and sectorial footprints that he has left, we owe him the building of the Quartier de l’An-Neuf (today the Quartier du Progrès), which in 2009 enabled Le Locle to join the UNESCO application for the registration of the Urbanisme Horloger as a world heritage property in La Chaux-de- Fonds.

At the time, when this great chronometer-maker delivered his models to the markets of the British Empire, including India, he would put “Henry” on the dials. Similarly, he would sometimes sign “Enrique” for his watches delivered to South American markets.

Henri Grandjean
Henri Grandjean

It is estimated that between 150 and 200 timepieces were manufactured by Henri Grandjean during his lifetime. Some of these are to be discovered in the main watchmaking museums. As in Le Locle, where the Château des Monts even has a “Henri Grandjean” archive of historical documents.

As an innovative spirit, Henri Grandjean – also written GrandJean – experimented with various procedures: screw or mass balances, escapements with pivoted or spring detents, circular or spherical balance springs. Although none of these systems seemed better than another, he insisted on the terminal curves of the balance spring, as calculated by the mathematician Edouard Phillips (1821-1889).

Before Nobel Prize-winning physicist Charles-Edouard Guillaume (1861-1938), he planned to use a nickel alloy for the balance springs. Working on different calibres, Henri Grandjean showed that the dimension of a movement does not determine its precision.

While his favourite calibre is a 56 lignes with two plates, with a power reserve of fifty-six hours, he also made small marine watches, up to 26 lignes. He is known for his sense of technical simplification and for the indisputably high level of his finishings.

Technical details

Lot name: Henri Grandjean, 8 complications pocket watch
Lot number: 256
Antiquorum Geneva’s Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Auction, 05 & 06 November 2022

Functions and complications
Quarter-repeater by two hammers on two steel gongs activated by the slide located on the case-band at 6 o’clock.
1/5 second chronograph activated by the single rectangular pushpiece located on the edge of the bezel at 6 o’clock), with outer ring.
Instantaneous perpetual calendar
Retrograde (fly-back) date of the month (half-circle graduation at 12 o’clock with index
Retrograde (fly-back) date of the month, half-circle graduation at 12 o’clock with index
Month of the year, subsidiary dial at 4 o’clock; indications given in Spanish
Age and phases of the moon, subsidiary dial, graduated from 0 to 29½, and aperture at 12 o’clock
Hours and minutes of a second time zone, concentric yellow gold hands, time-setting by push-pin on the right side of the pendant; the repeater mechanism is indexed to this set of hands.

Movement
Caliber 20”’ (lignes)
20’’’ movement, nickel-plated, “fausses côtes” decoration, 37 jewels, going barrel, wolf-teeth winding wheels, gold train of wheels, straight-line equilibrated lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensated balance, blued steel hairspring with terminal curve, polished steel index-regulator; repeater work on the main plate, under the dial; chronograph work on the top plate.

Dial
White colour enamel dial, with suspended “Breguet” numerals; blued steel “Spade” hands (time-setting by push-pin on the left side of the pendant); inner ring with radial
Roman numerals for the dual-time

Case
Four-coloured case
Five body massive “bassine et filets, carrure ronde” case, profusely chased and engraved overall with elaborate foliage; cover and case-back with four colour highrelief decoration of iris flowers cartouche, scrolls and a mask; engraved and guilloché (engine-turned) gold cuvette (dome); additional glazed cuvette to protect the movement.

Estimate
CHF50,000 – CHF100,000

For more historical information about Henri Grandjean, please visit the website of L’Association Henri Grandjean Valeurs & Héritage (The Henri Grandjean Values & Heritage Association).

 

Christie’s Geneva to Auction the Only Known Patek Philippe ref. 1518 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, double-signed, numbered and certified by Cartier

During the Rare Watches Geneva Live Sale on 7th November 2022, Christie’s Geneva will auction a rare Patek Philippe reference 1518 perpetual calendar chronograph. Appearing for the first time at auction, it is the only known example of a reference 1518 signed, numbered and certified by Cartier, one of the world’s most aristocratic jewellers.

Patek Philippe ref. 1518 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph double-signed and certified by Cartier

This is an extremely fine, highly important and most probably unique Patek Philippe 18k gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch manufactured in 1944. It is the only known reference 1518 double-signed and certified by Cartier.

Patek Philippe ref. 1518 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph double-signed and certified by Cartier

As such, it is of historic significance and naturally, one of the ultimate and most exclusive trophy watches of the reference. In addition to the signature ‘Cartier’ on the dial below the moon phase, the watch features the Cartier’s hand-stamped five-digit reference no. 17544 underneath the upper left lug.

Patek Philippe ref. 1518 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph double-signed and certified by Cartier

Reference 1518 is not only the earliest Patek Philippe perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch serially produced; it is the first produced by any manufacturer, ever. And ref. 1518 is the rarest. This particular combination of complications confirmed Patek Philippe’s pre-eminent position as the greatest watch brand in the world.

Patek Philippe ref. 1518 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph double-signed and certified by Cartier

Only 281 were produced – in yellow and pink gold, as well as a few examples in steel – from 1941 to 1954. The unique Patek Philippe ref. 1518 perpetual calendar chronograph will be presented at Christie’s Rare Watches, a live auction on November 7th, 2022, at the Hotel des Bergues in Geneva.

Estimate: CHF1,500,000-2,500,000 (US$1,600,000-2,600,000 /€1,600,000-2,600,000)

Christie’s Geneva to Auction a Rare Rolex Daytona ref. 6263 “Paul Newman with Lemon Dial” Watch

Scheduled on 7th November 2022, the Christie’s Geneva Rare Watches Live Sale will be auctioning an extremely rare Daytona watch with a Paul Newman Lemon Dial.

This Rolex Daytona ref. 6263 “Paul Newman with Lemon Dial” is the earliest of only three known examples of the 18K gold version of the iconic Rolex.

In Pucci Papaleo’s definitive Ultimate Rolex Daytona reference work, the 18K gold reference 6263 with ‘Oyster Lemon’ dial featuring white subsidiary graphics is called THE LEGEND –fitting for the One among the three rarest and most fabled of all gold Cosmographs.

Rolex Daytona ref. 6263 Paul Newman with Lemon Dial

The so-called ‘Lemon’ Paul Newman refers to the rich yellow hue of the background colour, very different from the usual cream/champagne colour. It is furthermore distinguished by the white printing on the engine-turned subsidiary dials.

Rolex usually produced the yellow gold ‘pump pusher’ Paul Newman Cosmograph references with champagne/gilt numbers and indexes on their totalizers which blend with the tonality of the dial as a whole, instead, the white numbers and indexes on the present ‘Lemon’ dial watch sharply contrast with the dark background providing a rather striking visual addition to the overall effect.

Rolex Daytona ref. 6263 Paul Newman with Lemon Dial

For many years it was supposed that no gold Cosmograph Daytonas with screw-down chronograph pushers existed with ‘Oyster Lemon Paul Newman’ dials.

The present watch from ca. 1969 caused a sensation when it appeared at auction for the first time in 2013; indeed, it was one of the most significant moments for Rolex scholars and Daytona collectors.

The serial number 2’330’402 placed it very early in the production of reference 6263, predating even some of the last examples of the earlier ‘pump pusher’ references 6262 and 6264, at a time when Rolex were experimenting with different dial types.

Estimate: CHF3,000,000-5,000,000 (US$3,200,000-5,200,000 / €3,200,000-5,200,000)

Christie’s Hong Kong Watches Autumn Auctions 2022

Christie’s Hong Kong is presenting three significant sales this autumn, featuring the final two parts of The Champion Collection, as well as some of the world’s most complicated watches and Métiers d’Art masterpieces.

On 27 November, the Live Sale of ‘The Champion Collection Part VI: The Finest Watchmaking’ will feature 82 lots; the same day Christie’s will also present 223 Important Watches featuring the astonishing Triazza Collection Part I, which encompasses some of the rarest and most sublime timepieces from Patek Philippe.

An Online Sale will first be held from 24 November to 7 December, introducing Part V of The Champion Collection, entitled ‘The Panerai Encyclopedia – Final Chapter’.

The Champion Collection Part VI: ‘The Finest Watchmaking’

The sixth auction from The Champion Collection, entitled ‘The Finest Watchmaking’, offers collectors a cornucopia of stunning examples of the watchmaker’s art.

The Champion Collection Part VI auction offers 82 lots, manufactured by prestigious brands like Patek Philippe, Rolex, Cartier, Audemars Piguet, A. Lange & Söhne, Greubel Forsey, F.P. Journe, Franck Muller, Ulysse Nardin, Breguet, JLC and Vacheron Constantin.

Top lots

(1) Lot 2282: Patek Philippe Ref. 5208P

Lot 2282 - Patek Philippe Ref. 5208P

Patek Philippe Ref. 5208P is an important and highly complicated platinum automatic minute repeating instantaneous perpetual calendar single button chronograph wristwatch with moon phases, leap year and day/night indication. This example was made in 2014. Estimate: HK$5,500,000-11,000,000.

(2) Métiers d’Art masterpieces: Vacheron Constantin’s “Tribal Mask” set

Christie’s is presenting one of the extremely rare full set of four from the 2007 first series Métiers d’Art “Tribal Mask” wristwatches. One of the highlights of the ‘Champion Collection’, these spectacular creations are considered to be great works of art, the masks are entirely hand-made by craftsmen of the highest caliber working with precious materials.

The finish of the gold masks has been captured in amazing detail and faithfully reproduces the original full-size masks that served as models. The outstanding watchmaking skills of Vacheron Constantin transform the Tribal Mask watches into wearable masterpieces of outstanding beauty.

Vacheron Constantin’s first series of ‘Métiers d’Art Tribal Mask’
Vacheron Constantin’s first series of ‘Métiers d’Art Tribal Mask’

Only 25 highly exclusive sets were made worldwide in 2007, further sets of four watches were also produced for the years 2008 and 2009.

Each set features four different masks so that, over those three years, a total of 12 watches were produced. One of the world’s greatest watch collectors, the owner of The Champion Collection acquired one of each of the three complete sets of four. Starting with the 2007 set offered in this auction, the sets made in 2008 and 2009 will follow in future sales. (Each mask is sold as an individual piece).

Lot 2249 - Vacheron Constantin Les Masques 'Indonesia antique mask' watch
Lot 2249 – Vacheron Constantin Les Masques ‘Indonesia antique mask’ watch

Lot 2249 – From the Vacheron Constantin Les Masques collection, an impressive and extremely rare 18k pink gold limited edition automatic wristwatch with day, date and 18k gold hand engraved micro sculpture of an Indonesia antique mask from the Barbier-Muller Museum. Circa 2008. Estimate: HK$375,000-750,000.

Lot 2248 - Vacheron Constantin Les Masques 'China antique mask' watch
Lot 2248 – Vacheron Constantin Les Masques ‘China antique mask’ watch

Lot 2248 – From the Vacheron Constantin Les Masques collection, an impressive and extremely rare 18k gold limited edition automatic wristwatch with day, date and 18k gold hand engraved micro sculpture of a China antique mask from the Barbier-Muller Museum. Circa 2008. Estimate: HK$375,000-750,000.

Lot 2251 - Vacheron Constantin Les Masques 'Congo antique mask' watch
Lot 2251 – Vacheron Constantin Les Masques ‘Congo antique mask’ watch

Lot 2251 – From the Vacheron Constantin Les Masques collection, an impressive extremely rare platinum limited edition automatic wristwatch with day, date and 18k gold hand engraved micro sculpture of a Congo antique mask from the Barbier-Muller Museum. Circa 2008. Estimate: HK$375,000-750,000.

Lot 2250 - Vacheron Constantin Les Masques 'Alaska antique mask' watch
Lot 2250 – Vacheron Constantin Les Masques ‘Alaska antique mask’ watch

Lot 2250 – From the Vacheron Constantin Les Masques collection, an impressive and extremely rare 18k white gold limited edition automatic wristwatch with day, date and 18k gold hand engraved micro sculpture of an Alaska antique mask from the Barbier-Muller Museum. Circa 2008. Estimate: HK$375,000-750,000.

(3) Enamel wonders

Lot 2258 – Patek Philippe Ref. 7131/175R

Lot 2258 - Patek Philippe Ref. 7131175R

This is a magnificent and extremely rare limited edition ladies’ 18k pink gold and diamond-set automatic world time wristwatch with cloisonné enamel dial featuring the Geneva harbour, made to commemorate the 175th anniversary of Patek Philippe. Circa 2015. Estimate: HK$1,000,000-2,000,000.

Lot 2263 – Patek Philippe Ref 5077/100R-033

Lot 2263 - Patek Philippe Ref 5077100R-033

This is a rare 18k pink gold and diamond set wristwatch with cloisonné enamel dial featuring a view of Tuscany. Circa 2018. Estimate: HK$700,000-1,400,000.

Lot 2246 – Jaeger Le-Coultre Reverso à Éclipse ‘Famous Nudes’

Lot 2246 - Jaeger Le-Coultre Reverso à Éclipse ‘Famous Nudes’

This is an extremely rare platinum reversible wristwatch with enamel dial depicting Primavera by Botticelli. Estimate: HK$300,000-600,000.

Lot 2247 – Jaeger Le-Coultre Reverso à Éclipse ‘Famous Nudes’

Lot 2247 - Jaeger Le-Coultre Reverso à Éclipse ‘Famous Nudes’

This is a magnificent and extremely rare platinum reversible wristwatch with enamel dial depicting the Turkish Bath by Jean Auguste-Dominique Ingres. Estimate: HK$300,000-600,000

Important Watches Featuring the Triazza Collection Part I

The Triazza Collection is a dream Patek Philippe collection, an incredible grouping that is not only testament to the taste and discernment of its present owner, but also one where each individual watch has been carefully chosen for its rarity, condition, beauty and provenance.

Lot 2519 - Patek Philippe Ref. 5004J-017
Lot 2519 – Patek Philippe Ref. 5004J-017

Lot 2519 – A unique yellow gold Patek Philippe Ref. 5004J-017 with Certificate of Origin-confirmed stunning black monogram dial, luminous indexes and luminous hands and white tachymeter scale, made as a bespoke commission for the remarkable American collector Michael Steven Ovitz. Estimate: HK$5,000,000-10,000,000.

Lot 2520 - Ref. 1415 Patek Philippe Heures Universelles
Lot 2520 – Ref. 1415 Patek Philippe Heures Universelles

Lot 2520 – Patek Philippe Ref. 1415 Heures Universelles. Estimate: HK$1,500,000-3,000,000.

Lot 2521 - Patek Philippe Geneva Observatory 1st Prize winning tourbillon
Lot 2521 – Patek Philippe Geneva Observatory 1st Prize winning tourbillon

Lot 2521 – Patek Philippe Geneva Observatory 1st Prize winning tourbillon, possibly unique in retaining both its original gold case and white enamel Breguet numeral dial and, in addition, its original antimagnetic observatory contest case and original contest silver sector dial. Estimate: HK$5,500,000-11,000,000.

Lot 2522 - The Esmond Bradley Martin Ref. 605 Patek Philippe HU cloisonné dial ‘North America’
Lot 2522 – The Esmond Bradley Martin Ref. 605 Patek Philippe HU cloisonné dial ‘North America’

Lot 2522 – The “Esmond Bradley Martin” Patek Philippe Ref.605HU cloisonné dial ‘North America’. Estimate: HK$7,000,000-14,000,000

Schedule

Important Watches Featuring The Triazza Collection Part I

Live Sale – Various Owners
Date: 27 November 2022
Number of lots: 223 lots
Total low estimate: HK$120 million

The Champion Collection Part VI: ‘The Finest Watchmaking’

Live Sale – Single Owner
Date: 27 November 2022
Number of lots: 82 lots
Total low estimate: HK$49 million

The Champion Collection, Part V: ‘The Panerai Encyclopedia-Final Chapter’

Online Sale – Single Owner
Date: 24 Nov – 7 Dec 2022
Number of lots: 88 lots
Total low estimate: HK$5.5 million

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Christie’s to auction a Patek Philippe Ref. 2573 “Pearl of Bahrain” yellow gold watch during its Dubai Edit online sale

Several timepieces with a Middle Eastern résonance will be on display at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) from 12 to 26 October 2022 on the occasion of Christie’s Watches Online: The Dubai Edit.

Among them, one of Patek Philippe’s most remarkable time-only watches ever made: a sublime18k yellow gold Patek Philippe ref. 2573 ‘Pearl of the Arabian Gulf’ of 1958, with a gilt dial and seed pearl hour markers between the cardinal indices, on an 18k gold bracelet made exclusively for this watch by Gay Frères, purveyors of finest bracelet creations.

Patek Philippe Ref. 2573 Pearl of Bahrain watch 2
Pearl of the Arabian Gulf: a special commission 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe ref. 2573 with gilt dial and seed pearl hour markers between the cardinal indices on an exquisite gold bracelet made by Gay Frères for Patek Philippe specifically for this watch, 1958. (Est: US$100,000-200,000

The present watch is one of the only three Patek Philippe Calatrava ref. 2573 to ever feature eight seed pearls as hour markers between the cardinal indices. Whereas the other two were made in rose gold, this one, in yellow gold, is all the more stunning for the solid yellow gold bracelet created especially for this watch by Gay Frères.

Manufactured in 1958, its case and movement numbers indicate it was also the very first of the three special commissions to be manufactured, preceding the two rose gold models by a few months at most.

For decades, only one thing was certain: at least one ref. 2573 with seed pearls marking the hours between the cardinal indices was known to have been made; it was the image published by Patek Philippe as a “Creation 1959” which led to giving the legend a name: Pearl of Bahrain. What the watch looked like in the flesh, or by whom precisely it had been commissioned, nobody knew. If it even still existed at all, was a mystery, too.

Then, on 16 December 2015, Christie’s New York sold a Patek Philippe with seed pearl hour markers, a time-only Calatrava ref. 2573 in rose gold – movement no. 749608, case no. 425442, manufactured in 1958 – with a rose gold dial (lot 62): for the first time, a Pearl of Bahrain was offered at auction.

The consignor, an American businessman with an extensive career in the Middle East had received it as a gift from Emir Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, to whom he had served as an advisor and with whom he had become friends. Estimated at US$10,000 to 15,000, the watch sold for the staggering sum of US$437,000.

Patek Philippe Ref. 2573 Pearl of Bahrain rose gold watch
The rose gold ref. 2573 ‘Pearl of Bahrain’ gifted by Emir Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa I of Bahrain to British businessman John Eardley Allcard, case no. 425’441, sold by Christie’s in 2018

A mere three years later, on 14 May 2018, Christie’s Geneva proposed the second ref. 2573 in rose gold with seed pearl dial known to have been made, this one slightly less well preserved, at auction.

This one, too, with a confirmed Extract from the Archives, had been gifted to a British businessman who had earned the trust and friendship of the Emir working on a number of key infrastructure projects in Bahrain. This watch, also from 1958 (with movement no. 749594 and the case no. 425441) had been estimated CHF100,000 and 200,000, and sold above estimate for CHF250,000.

The present Patek Philippe Calatrava ref. 2573 Christie’s Dubai will offer at its open for bidding auction until 26 October 2022is the only known example in yellow gold and stands out as one of the most compelling and important time-only Patek Philippe wristwatches to be offered at auction in recent years.

Patek Philippe Ref. 2573 Pearl of Bahrain yellow gold watch

Although it predates the two rose gold Pearl of Bahrain watches in existence, which feature the exact same architecture and construction, its provenance as having also been commissioned by the Emir of Bahrain cannot be determined with absolute certainty.

The bespoke bracelet in 18k gold created specifically by Gay Frères, purveyors of the finest bracelets to Patek Philippe is stamped 2 58 referring to the second quarter of 1958 and is confirmed on the extract from the archive. Manufactured in 1958, this watch bears the movement no. 748659 and the case no. 425302.

Patek Philippe Ref. 2573 Pearl of Bahrain watch

Considering the ref. 2573 was well into series production, this model of 1958 was most probably manufactured only months if not weeks prior to the two models in rose gold.

Based on the legendary Calatrava ref. 2573 that was launched in 1956 (and manufactured until ca. 1971), the bespoke case construction or ‘architecture’ necessary to accommodate the natural seed pearl hour markers is in itself extraordinary.

The hour and minute hands are on a raised post to enable them to clear the pearl hour markers. The bezel is thus taller and steeper than on the other examples of the reference 2573. Combined with the domed crystal, the sheer slope of the bezel provides remarkable three-dimensional viewing of the pearl hour markers from a side angle, creating incredible visual interest.

Estimate: US$100,000-200,000.

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Christie’s Geneva Rare Watches Live Auction, 7 November 2022 – Highlights

Scheduled on 7th of November, the Rare Watches auction by Christie’s Geneva will offer a selection of the most coveted timepieces made by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and others.

Among these treasures, the Rolex Ref. 6298 which Swiss mountain guide, chemist and oxygen specialist Jürg Marmet wore on his successful ascent of the Mount Everest on 23 May 1956; and the No. 1 of Royal Oak reference 5420SA – the first ever stainless steel and gold Royal Oak produced in 1977.

Lot 128 – The ‘Pre-Explorer’ Rolex Jürg Marmet Ref. 6298

This watch was worn during two well documented and significant expeditions, including accompanying its then owner, the Swiss mountain guide, chemist and oxygen specialist Jürg Marmet on his successful ascent of Mount Everest as part of the official “Schweizerische Mount Everest-Expedition 1956”.

‘Pre-Explorer’ Rolex Jürg Marmet Ref. 6298

Jürg Marmet, wearing this very watch, was only the third human ever to reach the summit of Everest on that 23rd of May 1956. The Rolex Ref. 6298 Jürg Marmet is therefore of incalculable historic value. Treasured and cared for as a trusted companion by Jürg Marmet and subsequently his family, it has remained in wonderfully unrestored condition.

In 1956, Jürg Marmet was one of the team chosen to take part in the third Swiss attempt to conquer Everest. Naturally, the Rolex wristwatch that had been given to him for the earlier Baffin Island expedition would be his companion on this next and most challenging endeavour, too.

The Swiss expedition was a huge undertaking that lasted 6 months, the ascent and descent alone taking 40 days. Part of the route that the team chose to climb Everest that year enabled them to simultaneously conquer the world’s fourth-highest mountain, Lhotse, for the first time. The Swiss Everest team consisted of 11 members; Jürg Marmet, then aged 29 and Ernst Schmied, aged 32, were the third and fourth human beings respectively to stand on the summit of Everest.

‘Pre-Explorer’ Rolex Jürg Marmet Ref. 6298

Watch number 929’708 was issued to Jürg Marmet and the back of the case is engraved “Baffinland 1953 Jürg Marmet”.

Estimate: CHF20,000-40,000

Lot 110 – Audemars Piguet ‘Royal Oak’ Ref. 5402SA, circa 1977

The present watch is the No. 1 Royal Oak reference 5420SA – the first ever stainless steel and gold Royal Oak made in 1977.

Audemars Piguet ‘Royal Oak’ Ref. 5402SA

The Royal Oak 5402SA was made in fewer examples than the much-appreciated steel 5402 ‘A Series’ and is therewith much rarer. The design remained unchanged – with a slate grey dial and yellow gold hour markers – during the entire production run from 1977 to 1985. The timepieces of reference 5402SA were numbered from 1 to 951 of which 876 watches were sold.

Estimate: CHF200,000-400,000

Lot 69 – A Cartier ‘Paris Crash’ 1991 watch from the family of the original owner

Cartier ‘Paris Crash’ 1991 watch

Very few of Cartier’s 1991 Paris-made ‘Crash’ watches have ever appeared at auction, and this has been consigned by the family of the original owner. Produced in such small numbers, the Cartier Crash watch has from the outset been almost impossible to obtain, its quasi-mythical status as an instantly recognizable yet highly exclusive design icon assures its eternal appeal.

Estimate: CHF120,000-180,000

Christie’s Watches Online: The Dubai Edit (from 12 to 26 October 2022)

Christie’s Dubai kicks off the second half of the year with a selection of highly collectible modern and vintage timepieces offered in Watches Online.

All the watches will be on display at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) from 12 to 26 October with online only bidding. Over 300 watches are going on auction with an estimate ranging from US$ 14 to US$ 23 million.

Heading the sale is the exclusive Richard Mille RM 50-03 McLaren Tourbillon Split-Seconds Chronograph (Est: US$900,000-1,200,000).

Furthermore, this Dubai auction will also feature several timepieces with Middle Eastern résonance and the largest selection of gem-set and mother of pearl Rolex Daytona watches to ever be offered in the region. To meet the market demand, the team of specialists have prepared an important selection of independent watchmakers F.P. Journe and De Bethune among others.

A dedicated section of 60 collectible women’s wristwatches will open the show with a closing on the 25 October, 24hours before the main auction. This section is composed of two collections, one contemporary from a collector of the Middle East while the second is driven by bracelet watches from the 1970’s mostly by Piaget.

Highlights (independents)

Lot 71 – Richard Mille RM 50-03 McLaren Tourbillon Split-Seconds Chronograph

Richard Mille RM 50-03 McLaren Tourbillon Split-Seconds Chronograph

Manufactured in a limited edition of only 75 pieces, the RM 50-03 was the first wristwatch to use the proprietary composite Graph TPT (Graphene) a cutting-edge case material developed by The University of Manchester, McLaren Applied Technologies and North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT). Estimate: US$900,000-1,200,000.

Lot 61 – F.P. Journe Tourbillon ‘Jade’

A platinum F.P. Journe Tourbillon ‘Jade’ with a sought-after jade dial leads a selection of timepieces from the independent watchmaker.

F.P. Journe Tourbillon ‘Jade’

Given the difficulties of producing dials in stone, notably the risk of chipping and cracking, most manufacturers produce their dials in circular disks, thus making the cutting action simpler and reducing the pressure on ‘stress-points’. However, given the tourbillon and the offset dial, F.P. Journe cuts his dials with two very intricate and complex shapes. This particular example comes with a matching solid platinum bracelet. Estimate: US$650,000-1,200,000.

Lot 65 – F.P. Journe Chronomètre Souverain UAE edition

F.P. Journe Chronomètre Souverain UAE edition

Presented in an attractive and unusual green livery, the watch was launched in 2020, to celebrate the opening of the brand’s first Dubai boutique. All 99 pieces of this stunning timepiece were instantly sold out. The watch’s colour scheme is symbolic in the Middle East, representing chance, fortune and fertility. Estimate: US$200,000-300,000.

Lot 77 – De Bethune DBS Tourbillon White Gold

De Bethune DBS Tourbillon White Gold

This white gold De Bethune DBS Tourbillon was launched to mark the 10th anniversary of the De Bethune DBS. Limited to just 10 pieces and featuring a high-frequency tourbillon, the case design is a nod to the early De Bethune timepieces with the characteristic conical lugs, the hinged link between the top strap and the case, and the crown at 12 o’clock. Estimate: US$200,000-300,000.

Treasures of the Middle East

Lot 105 – Patek Philippe Ref. 982/104J-001

Patek Philippe Pocket Watch Ref. 982-104J-001

The Patek Philippe Ref. 982/104J-001 open-faced watch with power reserve indication depicts in enamel a “Bedouin on camelback traversing the Arabian desert”.

Patek Philippe Pocket Watch Ref. 982-104J-001

The watch is fitted with a gorgeous translucent blue enamel dial applied over a gold guilloche dial and is delivered with its full set of accessories including a gem set chain. Estimate: US$120,000-180,000.

Lot 91 – Parmigiani Fleurier Islamic Hijri Perpetual Calendar

A special edition platinum Parmigiani Fleurier Islamic Hijri Perpetual Calendar made for the UAE Government to mark the 50th National Day Celebrations of the country made in 2021.

Parmigiani Fleurier Islamic Hijri Perpetual Calendar

A traditional perpetual calendar’s gears are programmed, when continuously running, to account for the leap month once every four years and different length months in the Gregorian calendar.

The Islamic Calendar is based on the lunar calendar with the Hijri Year being made up of 12 months of 29 or 30 days – depending on the moon phase. The lunar calendar uses the phases of the moon to measure time, usually measuring the time from new moon to new moon as one month.

Estimate: US$70,000-120,000

Lot 84 – Ludovic Ballouard Upside Down Platinum

This is very rare Ludovic Ballouard Upside Down watch with a platinum case and Arabic numerals. The Upside Down watch has a unique complication to display time.

Ludovic Ballouard Upside Down Platinum

Only the numeral for the current hour flips from its upside down position, to upright, the end of the 59th second of each hour. The other 11 numerals on the dial remain in their upside down position. The standard Upside Down is a talking piece among watch collectors, while the presence of Arabic numerals adds a whole new layer of rarity to this timepiece.

Estimate: US$40,000-80,000

Lot 122 – Rolex Everose Gold Daytona Rainbow ref. 116595RBOW

The Rainbow Daytona models in yellow gold and white gold were released in 2012, before the Everose gold reference in 2018. The Rainbow has since become the most desirable of the modern Daytona references.

Rolex Everose Gold Daytona Rainbow ref. 116595RBOW

The bezel is set with 36 baguette-cut sapphires in a rainbow gradation, framing a black lacquer dial with counters made with gold crystals. The mid-case is also set with brilliant-cut diamonds. Due to the nature of its production, these models were made in very limited edition and have an artisanal-like quality, as evidenced by the gem-setting on the bezel.

Estimate: US$350,000-650,000

Lot 123 – Rolex Daytona “Eye of The Tiger” ref. 116598TBR

Following the success of the Daytona “Rainbow”, Rolex launched the Ref. 116588TBR in 2019 – a flamboyant yellow gold and diamond-set Daytona with a spectacular dial complete with swirls of black lacquer surrounded by 243 diamonds and set with diamond hour markers.

Rolex Daytona Eye of The Tiger ref. 116598TBR

The dial quickly earned this reference the nickname “Eye of the Tiger”, and today it remains one of the most sought-after modern Daytona references. The Ref. 116598TBR comes with the full-gold and diamond-set Rolex Oyster bracelet and diamond-set crown guards and lugs.

Estimate: US$300,000-500,000

Lot 172 – Rolex 6239 Paul Newman

Rolex 6239 Paul Newman

The Rolex 6239 Paul Newman in steel with a black dial is leading the vintage section of Rolex at the Dubai auction. Estimate: US$150,000-250,000.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak trio

In the late 1990s, Audemars Piguet introduced a new ultramarine blue dial in the Royal Oak series in a shade that was very similar to the deep hue first mixed by the French artist Yves Klein.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak trio

This dial was quickly nicknamed “Yves Klein” by collectors and to this day, they remain extremely collectible. In this auction, Christie’s is presenting a trio of stainless-steel Royal Oak models:

  • Lot 113 – Audemars Piguet Ref. 14790ST, Estimate: US$30,000-50,000
  • Lot 115 – Audemars Piguet Perpetual Calendar ref. 25820ST, Estimate: US$150,000-250,000
  • Lot 114 – Audemars Piguet Day Date Moon phase ref. 25594ST, Estimate: US$50,000-80,000

Collectible Women’s Watches

For the first time at Christie’s, the auction will feature a dedicated section of 60 collectible women’s wristwatches. Featuring 2 main collections, one is contemporary, while the second is focused on the 1970’s with a majority of Piaget in impeccable condition and an inimitable style.

Lot 1 – Richard Mille RM037 Ti-CA TPT

Richard Mille RM037 Ti-CA TPT

This lot represents an exclusive titanium and carbon TPT Richard Mille RM037 Ti-CA TPT watch. Richard Mille is best known for its avant-garde sports watches using cutting-edge technology. With models like the RM037, it demonstrated that they can still create ladies timepieces with the innovative style. Estimate: US$80,000-120,000.

Lot 2 – Cartier Baignoire S ‘Crash’

Cartier Baignoire S ‘Crash'

This lot is a superb example of Cartier Baignoire S ‘Crash Circa 2013. It is a white gold and diamond-set manual-winding wristwatch. A variant of the classic Baignoire line, the Baignoire S can be sometimes confused with another classic Cartier model, the Crash, with many referring to the Ref. 3174 as the Baignoire S Crash model. Estimate: US$60,000-80,000.

The Geneva Sessions, Phillips’ First Online Auction Curated by Watch Specialists in Geneva, Achieves CHF 2,664,774

Phillips has announced the results of The Geneva Sessions, Phillips’ first online auction curated by watch specialists in Geneva.

The sale achieved CHF 2,664,774 and was led by a Patek Philippe Nautilus chronograph in pink gold ref 5980/1R which sold for CHF 252,000. Over 600 bidders from the international collecting community vied for this tightly curated selection of timepieces which ranged from 1990s to the present day.

Top Five Lots

Lot 19: Patek Philippe, ref. 5980/1R, An impressive and extremely rare pink gold chronograph wristwatch with date, bracelet, certificate of origin and presentation box.

Patek Philippe, ref. 59801R

  • Estimate: CHF 150,000 – 300,000
  • Price Achieved: CHF 252,000/ $ 261,198/ € 260,946

Lot 52: Patek Philippe, ref. 5740/1G, A luxurious and attractive white gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with 24-hour indication, leap year, moon phases, Certificate of Origin and presentation box.

Patek Philippe, ref. 5740-1G

  • Estimate: CHF 120,000 – 240,000
  • Price Achieved: CHF 252,000/ $ 261,198/ € 260,946

Lot 27: F.P. Journe, an attractive and technically impressive pink gold dual time wristwatch with double escapement, original guarantee and presentation box.

F.P. Journe pink gold dual time wristwatch with double escapement

  • Estimate: CHF 100,000 – 200,000
  • Price Achieved: CHF 214,200/ $ 222,018/ € 221,804

Lot 21: Patek Philippe, A hefty and attractive white gold wristwatch with date, certificate of origin and presentation box.

Patek Philippe Ref. 5168G

  • Estimate: CHF 60,000 – 120,000
  • Price Achieved: CHF 151,200/ $ 156,719/ € 156,568

Lot 51: F.P. Journe, An attractive and fine pink gold chronograph wristwatch with 100th of a second, 20-second, 10-minute registers, warranty and presentation box.

F.P. Journe pink gold chronograph

  • Estimate: CHF 40,000 – 80,000
  • Price Achieved: CHF 126,000/ $ 130,599/ € 130,473

Sale Total: CHF 2,664,774 / $2,762,038 / €2,759,373
Lots Sold: 53
Lots Offered: 53
Sold by Lot: 100%
Sold by Value: 100%

Click here for more information: https://www.phillips.com/auctions/auction/CH080422

 

Christie’s Legendary and Unique Watches: The Collection of a Lifetime, Live Auction in Geneva on 6 November 2022

Christie’s presents Legendary and Unique Watches: The Collection of a Lifetime, the upcoming new live auction in Geneva offering 112 timepieces considered rare treasures by astute collectors.

One-off creations, personalised dials, prototypes and the No.1 of limited editions – many watches will represent a unique opportunity for collectors around the globe.

Following a month-long world preview that begins in New York on 1 October 2022 and will take a carefully curated selection of timepieces to Hong Kong, Dubai, London, Jakarta and Los Angeles “Legendary and Unique Watches: The Collection of a Lifetime” will arrive in Geneva on 2 November 2022.

The auction will be held on Sunday, 6 November 2022 at 5.00pm in Geneva at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues. It will be Christie’s most important single owner watch collection auction ever in Geneva.

This collection includes some of the earliest examples by renowned independent watchmakers, including very rare references by Patek Philippe, Rolex and others. Together they form the most important single owner collection ever to be offered in Geneva, with a portion of the proceeds going to philanthropy. The auction is expected to fetch in the region of CHF 20 million.

Highlights

Richard Mille, Limited Edition, REF. RM56-01 AN SAPHIR/PR00, NO. 011, 2013

One of Richard Mille’s most extraordinary and ambitious creations, the RM56-01 is about maximum transparency; the case alone is crafted from single blocks of transparent, incredibly difficult to machine sapphire crystal.

The tourbillon shines in the lower part of the transparent dial with titanium minute ring and luminous hour indexes. At 1 o’clock, the torque sector display shows the mainspring tension.

Richard-Mille-ref.-RM56-01

A symmetrical sector display for the power-reserve is placed opposite. Apush-button in the crown allows for three options – W (winding), N (neutral) or H (hands) – which are displayed by a small indicator at 4 o’clock. This magnificent timepiece is probably the first example ever to be offered at international auction. Estimate: CHF 2,500,000-4,500,000.

Rolex ref. 6241 “Daytona”, 18K gold, champagne “Paul Newman” dial, ca. 1968

This exceptional 18k gold Cosmograph Daytona ref. 6241 (case no. 1’757’900) with champagne “Paul Newman” dial and bracelet is an extremely rare chronograph.

Rolex Daytona, ref. 6241

The 6241 was produced only between 1966 and 1969 and is therefore a rare reference in its own right. 2250 pieces were made in stainless steel, 300 in 18K gold and 450 in 14K gold.

It was fitted with “non-Oyster” or “non-screw-down” chronograph buttons and a bezel with black plastic insert, the tachymeter scale was printed in white. The dials featured “Rolex Cosmograph” but not always “Daytona”. Estimate: CHF 600,000-1,000,000.

Vacheron Constantin ref. 43050 “Mercator”, special request platinum automatic wristwatch with a Métiers d’Art “Ferrari Enzo” cloisonné enamel dial.

First released in 1994 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the passing of the 16th century cartographer Gerardus Mercator, Vacheron Constantin’s distinctive “Mercator” was a revelation: it displayed time via a double retrograde mechanism with hands in the form of a cartographer’s proportional divider. Upon reaching 12, the hour hand ‘flies’ back to its starting position; the same occurs when the minute hand reaches 60.

Vacheron Constantin Mercator, ref. 43050

The present creation by the world’s oldest watchmaking Manufacture is a “Mercator” made by special request in platinum; its hand-made cloisonné dial representing a “Ferrari Enzo”is a testament to Vacheron Constantin’s Métiers d’Art department.

Fitted with a special 21K skeletonized gold rotor, the movement is just as unique. Estimate: CHF 100,000-200,000.

Christies Watches Online: The Hong Kong Edit – The Panerai Encyclopedia Chapter I

Christies Hong Kong has launched an online watch auction offering a number of the most desirable watches made by Panerai.

Founded in 1860, the legendary Florentine Maison was the official supplier to the Italian Royal Navy. In the 1990s, Panerai started manufacturing watches for the civilian market. Presently based in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, the company is a fully owned subsidiary of the Swiss Richemont group.

Panerai Ref. PAM00784
Lot 1: Panerai Ref. PAM00784

Scheduled from 14 to 27 September 2022, The Hong Kong Edit – The Panerai Encyclopedia Chapter I online auction is offering 68 carefully curated lots.

Lot 5: Panerai Ref. PAM00519
Lot 5: Panerai Ref. PAM00519

This exceptional auction, Part IV of The Champion Collection, maintains the high bar set by the themed sales to date from this notable single-owner collection.

Lot 46: Panerai Pam00373 Platino, Pam00376 Oro Bianco and Pam00379 Oro Rosa
Lot 46: Panerai Pam00373 Platino, Pam00376 Oro Bianco and Pam00379 Oro Rosa

The Panerai Encyclopedia – Chapter I online auction by Christies marks part five of the series of themed watch sales from The Champion Collection, the horological journey which began in November of last year.

Lot 54: Panerai Ref. PAM306
Lot 54: Panerai Ref. PAM306

Featured Lots

  • Lot 1: Ref. PAM00784. No. 1 of a limited edition of 100 sets, containing two Radiomir 1940 models with a Minerva-based movement: the ref. PAM00398 RADIOMIR 1940 Oro Rosso (red gold) and the ref. PAM00399 RADIOMIR 1940 Acciaio (stainless steel). Estimate: HKD 160,000 – HKD 320,000.
  • Lot 5: Ref. PAM00519. Radiomir 1940 Chronograph Oro Rosso (red gold) with a Minerva-based movement. No. 8 of a limited edition of 100 pieces. Estimate: HKD 160,000 – HKD 320,000.
  • Lot 46: An extremely rare limited edition box set of three Radiomir 3 Days watches: ref. Pam00373 Platino (platinum); ref. Pam00376 Oro Bianco (white gold); and ref. Pam00379 Oro Rosa (rose gold), 47mm diameter, circa 2011. Set no. 3 of 11. Estimate: HKD 240,000-460,000.
  • Lot 54: Ref. PAM306. Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio (titanium), one of 150 pieces and one of the most complicated Panerai timepieces ever made. Estimate: HKD 200,000-400,000.

Link to the online sale: https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/champion-collection-part-iv-panerai-encyclopedia-chapter-i/lots/2115

Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo to Auction Three Exceptionally Rare Wristwatches Made by George Daniels

During their Geneva Watch Auction XVI on November 5-6, Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo will be offering three exceptional timepieces made by George Daniels.

The three lots are: The unique Spring Case Tourbillon in yellow gold (estimate in excess of CHF 1 million), a yellow gold Anniversary watch limited to 35 pieces in yellow gold (estimate CHF 300,000-600,000) and a yellow gold Millennium watch limited to 48 pieces (estimate CHF 250,000-500,000).

Before the sale, these creations will be displayed during Geneva Watch Days from 29 August to 1 September, alongside other auction highlights.

George Daniels, Spring Case Tourbillon in yellow gold
George Daniels, Spring Case Tourbillon in yellow gold, Estimate: in excess of CHF 1 million

Known as the founding father of independent watchmaking, George Daniels was one of the greatest master watchmakers in the world. The Spring Case Tourbillon is a leading example of Daniels’ gloriously hand-crafted creations that incorporate the various inventions he made. Daniels only made two unique wristwatches for his own personal use; one of these being this exact novel double-dialled spring case watch with one-minute tourbillon and calendar, completed in 1992.

Simple in its appearance, the double-dialled watch is technically impressive; from both its movement and dial display but also to its surprising spring case, enabling the watch to be popped open to reveal the back dial.

The watch features exquisitely hand guilloché silver dials in the classic Daniels manner with eccentric gold chapters showing hours, minutes, and interlaced seconds, with a subsidiary for power reserve indication. The reverse dial shows the calendar indication and visible tourbillon escapement.

The ingenious two-part case has an inner section holding the movement, which is hinged to the outer, so that when released by a pusher in the band it springs open to reveal the reverse dial. To affect this neatly, the winding crown is cleverly positioned between the lugs.

The tourbillon had already become a signature element of Daniels work, rotating in one-minute and featuring his slim Co-axial escapement. Daniels’ invention of the Co-axial escapement in 1975 was subsequently fitted to all his watches thereafter; it was also adopted by Omega and later by his protégé, Roger Smith.

The double-dialled watch is now being offered in public at auction for the very first time. During his lifetime and by his own hand, George Daniels made 23 pocket watches and just two unique wristwatches.

George Daniels, Anniversary Watch in Yellow Gold
George Daniels, Anniversary Watch in Yellow Gold, Estimate: CHF 300,000-600,000

In addition, and in collaboration with Roger Smith, two further tourbillon wristwatches and two production series of wristwatches; the Millennium and Anniversary watches have been made.

The George Daniels Anniversary in yellow gold is one of only 35 made in this precious material, created to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the invention of his Co-axial escapement mechanism.

Also included is a George Daniels Millennium, created in 1999 to celebrate the arrival to the market of the new Co-axial escapement and the first example of a Daniels watch made in series, which was limited to 48 pieces.

George Daniels, Millennium Watch in Yellow Gold
George Daniels, Millennium Watch in Yellow Gold, Estimate: CHF 250,000-500,000

The Millennium watch features a heavily modified Omega calibre with the Co-axial escapement as well as Daniel’s distinctive guilloche dial.

Viewing

Geneva Watch Days
Dates: 29 August – 1 September
Location: Hotel Beau Rivage, Quai du Mont-Blanc 13, 1201 Geneva

Auction

The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI
Dates: 5-6 November 2022
Location: Hôtel La Réserve, Bellevue, Geneva

Phillips Asia Presents Hong Kong: Watches Online Auction I, 21-27 July 2022

Phillips Asia is presenting two online only sales this July: Hong Kong: Watches Online Auction I and Jewels: Online Auction.

Two sales include a selection of exceptional timepieces by renowned watchmakers such as Patek Philippe, Rolex, A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet and more, as well as an assortment of fine jewellery, including coloured stones, coloured and colourless diamonds, cultured pearls, and signed pieces.

Hong Kong: Watches Online Auction I

The Hong Kong: Watches Online Auction I is the house’s new online auction in response to strong demand in finest timepieces. Featuring 113 rare and important watches, the sale begins on 21 July 8pm HKT and will begin closing on 27 July 6pm HKT.

Audemars Piguet Ref. 26579CE black ceramic perpetual calendar wristwatch
Audemars Piguet Ref. 26579CE black ceramic perpetual calendar wristwatch

Leading the sale is an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in black ceramic with weekly indication and a beautiful moon phase display.

Other highlights include a limited edition Lange 1 Tourbillon in platinum with an ample aperture showcasing the stunning tourbillon carriage at 6 o’clock. The model was released as a limited edition in precious metals in 2000, with 150 pieces in platinum such as the present example.

A. Lange & Söhne Ref. 704.025 platinum tourbillon wristwatch
A. Lange & Söhne Ref. 704.025 platinum tourbillon wristwatch

Offered in the sale is a Patek Philippe’s reference 5164 Travel Time watch in stainless steel double signed by Tiffany & Co.

Another highlight featured in the sale is the Rolex GMT-Master II with a lavishly set bezel in baguette-shaped blue sapphires and white diamonds which is an extremely rare specimen that cannot be missed.

Rolex Ref. 116748SA GMT-Master II in yellow gold
Rolex Ref. 116748SA GMT-Master II in yellow gold

Highlights

  • Audemars Piguet Ref. 26579CE black ceramic perpetual calendar wristwatch, circa 2017. Estimate: HK$ 1,150,000- 1,950,000/ US$127,000 – 250,000
  • A. Lange & Söhne Ref. 704.025 platinum tourbillon wristwatch, numbered 122 of a limited edition of 150 pieces, circa 2000. Estimate: HK$ 560,000- 1,120,000/ US$71,800-144,000
  • Patek Philippe Ref. 5164A-001 dual-time wristwatch retailed by Tiffany & Co., circa 2018. Estimate: HK$ 400,000 – 800,000/ US$51,300-103,000
  • Rolex Ref. 116748SA GMT-Master II in yellow gold, circa 2010. Estimate: HK$ 320,000- 480,000/ US$41,000-61,500
  • Zenith Defy 21 Chroma Ref. 49.9010.9004/01R947 limited edition white ceramic 1/100th of a second semi-skeletonised chronograph wristwatch, 2022. Estimate: HK$ 65,000 – 95,000/ US$8,300-12,200
  • Vacheron Constantin Ref. 49150/000W-9015 limited edition stainless steel and titanium chronograph wristwatch, circa 2016. Estimate: HK$ 90,000 – 160,000/ US$11,500-20,500

The Horological Society of New York Announces Timepieces for HSNY: 2022 Charity Auction Presented By Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo

The Horological Society of New York (HSNY) has announced the details of the timepieces for HSNY: 2022 Charity Auction, presented online by Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo from July 6-13, 2022.

Now in its second year as an online auction, HSNY members and friends will have the opportunity to bid from anywhere in the world for a great cause. All sale proceeds will benefit HSNY in its ongoing mission to advance the art and science of horology, which includes offering financial aid to watchmaking institutions and scholarships to full-time watchmaking students.

Bidders can expect top picks from Swiss, German, Japanese and American brands, including limited edition, sold-out timepieces, a coveted Tiffany stamped watch, vintage gems, a prototype model and much more. Best of all, a ‘No Reserve’ policy will apply to all timepieces, encouraging auction-goers to bid enthusiastically.

Lot items from Timepieces for HSNY: 2022 Charity Auction include:

  • Lot 1: Unimatic x Massena LAB, U1-MLBN “Family and Friends”, DLC-plated stainless steel, circa 2020. Brand New. Donated by Massena LAB.
  • Lot 2: NOMOS Glashütte, Ludwig Neomatik 39, stainless steel, circa 2020. Brand New. Donated by NOMOS Glashütte.
  • Lot 3: Equation of Time x Atom Moore ‘Fat Arrow’ Prototype, stainless steel, circa 2022. Brand New, with limited edition metal print. Atom Moore and Roland Murphy/EOT Watches.
  • Lot 4: GRAND SEIKO, Reference SBGW277 U.S. Exclusive, stainless steel, circa 2021. Brand New. Donated by Grand Seiko.
  • Lot 5: ULYSSE NARDIN, Open-face chronograph pocket watch with certificate and presentation box, gunmetal blue steel, circa 1912. Donated by Ulysse Nardin.
  • Lot 6: JAEGER-LECOULTRE, Reverso, stainless steel, circa 2022. Brand New. Donated by Jaeger-LeCoultre.
  • Lot 7: PATEK PHILIPPE, Reference 715, open-face pocket watch retailed by Tiffany & Co., 18K yellow gold, circa 1967. Donated by Collectability.
  • Lot 8: TAG HEUER, HODINKEE TAG Heuer Carrera ‘Dato’ Limited Edition, stainless steel, circa 2020. Brand New. Donated by HODINKEE.
  • Lot 9: ZENITH, Collective x Zenith Chronomaster El Primero C.01, stainless steel, circa 2019. Brand New. Donated by Collective Horology.

About the Horological Society of New York

Founded in 1866, the Horological Society of New York (HSNY) is one of the oldest continuously operating horological associations in the world. Today, HSNY is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the art and science of horology through education. Members are a diverse mix of watchmakers, clockmakers, executives, journalists, auctioneers, historians, salespeople and collectors, reflecting the rich nature of horology in New York City and around the world.

Phillips The New York Watch Auction: SIX – Results

Concluding a white glove season for Phillips Watches, The New York Watch Auction: SIX realized $30.3 million – more than tripling its pre-sale total low estimate of $9.8 million. Bringing the Spring season total for the category to $127.2 million, the results reaffirm Phillips’ place as the global market leader.

Multiple records for individual models in the fields of vintage, contemporary, and independents were achieved during the live auction at Phillips’ New York headquarters at 432 Park Avenue. Bidders from the international community, across nearly 70 countries, vied for rare and historic timepieces, participating in the room, online, and over the phone.

Leading the auction was the very first platinum George Daniels Anniversary Watch ever made, bearing the unique serial number “00.” Realizing $2,389,500, it set a record for any George Daniels wristwatch – and any British-made wristwatch – sold at auction.

Following its launch in 2010, a total of 47 watches were made to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the co-axial escapement, with just four examples produced in platinum, like the present lot. George Daniels wanted the Anniversary model to also be a celebration of his life’s work, and the platinum “00” is a wonderful representation of the best in handmade, traditional English watchmaking. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will benefit The George Daniels Educational Trust, The Alliance of British Watch and Clock Makers, and the Horological Society of New York.

A fresh-to-market Rolex Paul Newman Daytona Lemon ref. 6264 soared past its estimate to over $2 million. Named “El Limoncito” as an homage to the Mexican origins of the family who owned this watch since its production in 1969, the watch’s bracelet is also stamped “Hecho in Mexico.” With its grèné yellow dial, black subdials, and white graphics, the Lemon is perhaps the most striking and unusual configuration of Cosmograph Daytona Paul Newman and is seldom seen publicly.

Independent makers also saw fierce competition, with three examples by F.P.Journe selling for over $1 million. A unique and historically important F. P.Journe platinum Chronomètre Souverain wristwatch, which was gifted to George Daniels by none other than Mr. Journe, realized $1,482,000, nearly six times its low estimate and a world record for the model at auction.

The Tourbillon Souverain with jade dial saw spirited bidding up to $1,240,000 against an estimate of $200,000-400,000, while the Tourbillon Souverain No. 035/99T sold for $1,361,000.

Timepieces by DeBethune, Greubel Forsey, Urban Jurgensen, and Konstantin Chaykin also performed exceptionally well.

TAG Heuer Museum acquired James Garner’s unique Carrera for a record price of $176,400.

The upcoming Phillips online watch auctions are The Horological Society of New York Charity Online Auction II sale taking place from 6 to 13 July and the Hong Kong Online Watch Auction I taking place from 21 to 28 July.

Top Ten Lots

Lot 12: George Daniels, Anniversary

An extremely rare, spectacular, and historically important platinum co-axial limited-edition wristwatch with date and power reserve indication, bearing serial number “00”, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit The George Daniels Educational Trust, The Alliance of British Watch and Clock Makers, and the Horological Society of New York, Circa 2019. Estimate: $500,000 – 1,000,000. Sold for $2,389,500 (world auction record for a British wristwatch).

Lot 111: Rolex, Daytona Paul Newman Lemon, Ref. 6264

An outstanding, fresh-to-the-market, exceptionally wellpreserved, and extremely rare yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with ‘Paul Newman Lemon’ exotic dial, white subdial graphics, and bracelet, offered by the family of the original owner, Circa 1969. Estimate: $600,000 – 1,200,000. Sold for $2,087,000 (world auction record for the model)

Lot 115: F.P. Journe, Chronometre Souverain

A unique and historically important platinum wristwatch with power reserve indication, Presented to George Daniels, with signed F. P. Journe letter and presentation box, 2010
Estimate: $250,000 – 500,000. Sold for $1,482,000 (world auction record for the model).

Lot 116: F.P. Journe, Tourbillon Souverain

A very early, historically important, and attractive platinum tourbillon wristwatch with remontoir d’egalité, and certificate of authenticity, numbered 035/99T, 1999. Estimate: $300,000 – 600,000. Sold for $1,361,000.

Lot 10: F.P. Journe, Tourbillon Souverain

A sublime and extremely rare tourbillon wristwatch with jade dial, constant force remontoire, power reserve, dead beat seconds, certificate of authenticity, and presentation box, 2015. Estimate: $200,000 – 400,000. Sold for $1,240,000 (world auction record for the model)

Lot 19: Patek Philippe, Ref. 5016R-010

An extremely special, rare, and well-preserved pink gold perpetual calendar minute repeating tourbillon wristwatch with additional black diamond dial, retrograde date, moon phase, Breguet numerals, Circa 2001. Estimate: $300,000 – 600,000. Sold for $840,700.

Lot 11: Roger Smith, Series 2 Open Dial

A magnificent and extremely limited platinum wristwatch with open dial, power reserve indication, booklet, and presentation box, 2017. Estimate: $150,000 – 300,000. Sold for $840,700 (world auction record for the brand)

Lot 110: Rolex, Daytona Rainbow, Ref. 116595RBOW

A like new, dazzling, audacious, and unworn pink gold, diamond, and sapphire-set chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, guarantee, and presentation box, Circa 2018. Estimate: $200,000 – 400,000. Sold for $693,000 (world auction record for the model)

Lot 49: A. Lange & Söhne, Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst, Ref. 704.048

An extremely rare and sublime platinum tourbillon wristwatch with oversized date display, guarantee, and presentation box, numbered 16 of 20, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Lange 1, 2014. Estimate: $120,000 – 240,000. Sold for $529,200 (world auction record for the model)

Lot 50: Patek Philippe, Ref. 3939HG-001

Only the fifth example to appear publicly, a factory double sealed white gold minute repeating tourbillon wristwatch with Breguet numerals and Certificate of Origin, 2007. Estimate: $250,000 – 500,000. Sold for $504,000.

Quick facts

Name of the auction: The New York Watch Auction: SIX
Date: 11-12 June 2022
Sale Total: $30,332,230 / £24,624,343 / €28,803,594
Lots Sold: 162
Lots Offered: 162
Sold by Lot: 100
Sold by Value: 100%

Source: Phillips

Christie’s New York Important Watches of Exceptional Provenance, Featuring The Kairos Collection Part III – Results

Important Watches of Exceptional Provenance, Featuring The Kairos Collection Part III, presented across two evening sales on 8-9 June, totaled $21,743,070, setting a new record for the highest total ever for a watches auction at Christie’s New York.

The auction was sold 97% by lot, 141% hammer above value, and attracted global participation from 30 countries and 19% new registrants. 58% of all lots surpassed pre-sale high estimates.

The sale was highlighted by the grand finale of The Kairos Collection, which achieved $13,895,160. The collection of 128 extraordinary modern Patek Philippe timepieces totaled $21,885,101 globally from auctions across Geneva, Hong Kong and New York. The New York session was led by Patek Philippe Ref. 5531R-012, an exceptional 18k rose gold Grande Complication watch, which sold for $2,220,000.

Patek Philippe Ref 5531R-012 Lake Geneva
Patek Philippe Ref 5531R-012 Lake Geneva

Additionally, the sale presented a variety of important watches of exceptional provenance, most from original owners and families.

Patek Philippe Ref 3448G Red Dot
Patek Philippe Ref 3448G Red Dot

Some of the highlights include a rare Rolex “Patent Pending”, “Double Red” Sea Dweller, Ref. 1665, which sold for $176,400, and a Patek Philippe Ref. 2526J, a newly discovered 18k yellow gold wristwatch retailed and signed by Tiffany & Co., which realized $144,900.

Notable Results

The Kairos Collection

  • Lot 58: Patek Philippe Ref. 5531R-012, with Miniature Cloisonné Enamel Dial Depicting the Lavaux Vineyards on the Shores of Lake Geneva. This 18k Rose Gold Grande Complication watch presented at Baselworld 2018 merges two iconic horological mechanisms: Minute Repeater and World Time. Price realized: $2,220,000

  • Lot 57: Patek Philippe Ref. 5275P-001, 175th Anniversary, Platinum Hour Strike Chiming Wristwatch with Digital Jump Hour Jumping Minutes And Seconds, Created in a Limited Edition of 175 Examples. Price realized: $907,200

  • Lot 64: Patek Philippe Ref. 5950 ⁄ 1A-010, Steel Cushion-Shaped Split-Seconds Monopusher Chronograph on Bracelet, Limited Series of 10. Price realized: $693,000

  • Lot 4: Patek Philippe Ref. 5650G-001, aquanaut, advanced research, a rare 18k white gold wristwatch with dual timezones. Price realized: $630,000

  • Lot 65: Patek Philippe Ref. 5004R-018, 18K Rose Gold Perpetual Calendar Split Second Chronograph with Black Dial. Price realized: $567,000

  • Lot 63: Patek Philippe Ref. 5740⁄1G-001, Nautilus 18K White Gold Perpetual Calendar with Leap Year Indicator, Moon Phases, and Nautilus Cufflinks, Retailed & Signed by Tiffany & Co. Price realized: $516,600

  • Lot 39: Patek Philippe Ref. 5711⁄1P-001, Nautilus 40th Anniversary, Limited Series Platinum Wristwatch with Date & Diamond Hour Markers. Price realized: $478,800

  • Lot 28: Patek Philippe Ref. 5711⁄1A-014, Nautilus “Green Dial” Steel with Date. Price realized: $441,000

  • Lot 61: Patek Philippe Ref. 5372P-010, Platinum Split Seconds Perpetual Calendar Chronograph with Moon Phases. Price realized: $390,600

  • Lot 66: Patek Philippe Ref. 5004P-039, Platinum Split Seconds Chronograph Perpetual Calendar with Moon Phases. Price realized: $352,800

  • Lot 22: Patek Philippe Ref. 5968G-010, Aquanaut 18K White Gold Fly-Back Chronograph With Date, Retailed & Signed by Tiffany & Co. Price realized: $333,900

  • Lot 50: Patek Philippe Ref. 5968A-001, Aquanaut Steel Fly-Back Chronograph with Date, Retailed & Signed by Tiffany & Co. Price realized: $333,900

  • Lot 5: Patek Philippe Ref. 5270P-001, Platinum Perpetual Calendar Chronograph with Moon Phases, Leap Year & Day/Night Indicator. Price realized: $277,200

  • Lot 9: Patek Philippe Ref. 5970J-001, 18K Yellow Gold Perpetual Calendar Chronograph with Leap Year Indicator and Moon Phases. Price realized: $264,600

  • Lot 56: Patek Philippe, Ref. 5980⁄1R-001 Nautilus 18k Rose Gold Fly-Back Chronograph with Date. Price realized: $264,600

  • Lot 14: Patek Philippe Ref. 5726⁄1A-014, Nautilus Steel Annual Calendar with Moon Phases, Retailed & Signed by Tiffany & Co. Price realized: $226,800

  • Lot 19: Patek Philippe Ref. 5711⁄1R-001, Nautilus 18K Rose Gold Version with Date. Price realized: $201,600

  • Lot 25: Patek Philippe Ref. 5204R-001, 18K Rose Gold Split Second Perpetual Calendar Chronograph with Moon Phases and Leap Year Indicator, Retailed by Tiffany & Co. Price realized: $201,600

  • Lot 17: Patek Philippe Ref. 5131⁄1P-001, World Time with Cloisonné Enamel Dial, Platinum case and Bracelet. Price realized: $189,000

  • Lot 20: Patek Philippe Ref. 5160⁄500G-001, Hand Engraved 18k White Gold Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch with Retrograde Date Display, Leap Year Indicator, and Officer’s Caseback. Price realized: $189,000

  • Lot 29: Patek Philippe Ref. 5070P-001, Platinum Chronograph with Blue Dial. Price realized: $189,000

  • Lot 40: Patek Philippe Ref. 5168G-001, Aquanaut 18k White Gold Version with Date, Retailed & Signed by Tiffany & Co. Price realized: $189,000

  • Lot 68: Patek Philippe Ref. 3970EJ, 2nd Series 18K Yellow Gold Perpetual Calendar Chronograph with Leap Year Indicator and Moon Phases. Price realized: $176,400

  • Lot 47: Patek Philippe Ref. 5550P-001, Platinum Advanced Research, Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch with Leap Year Indicator and Moon Phases. Price realized: $157,500

  • Lot 52: Patek Philippe Ref. 5170G-015, 18k White Gold Chronograph with Special Order Blue Breguet Dial. Price realized: $157,500

  • Lot 7: Patek Philippe Ref. 5170P-001, Platinum Chronograph with Diamond Indices, Retailed & Signed by Tiffany & Co. Price realized: $151,200

  • Lot 12: Patek Philippe Ref. 5990⁄1A-001, Nautilus Steel Dual Time Fly-Back Chronograph. Price realized: $151,200

  • Lot 59: Patek Philippe Ref. 5711⁄1A-010, Nautilus Steel Blue Dial Wristwatch with Date. Price realized: $151,200

Other Lots

  • Lot 111: Patek Philippe Ref. 3448G, “Red Dot” 18k White Gold Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch with Leap Year Indicator, One of Two Known. Price realized: $1,008,000

  • Lot 94: Rolex, Ref. 6263, Cosmograph Daytona, “Oyster Sotto”, Paul Newman Dial. Price realized: $693,000

  • Lot 96: F.P. Journe Chronometre A Resonance, 38mm Platinum Dual Time Wristwatch with Power Reserve and Dual Escapement Brass Movement. Price realized: $403,200

  • Lot 95: Rolex Ref. 6263, Daytona 14K Yellow Gold Chronograph, Retailed and Signed by Tiffany & Co. Price realized: $340,200

  • Lot 137: Audemars Piguet Ref. 25636PT, Royal Oak Skeletonized Platinum Perpetual Calendar with Moon Phases. Price realized: $327,600

  • Lot 135: Patek Philippe Ref. 3700⁄11J, Nautilus “JUMBO” with 18K Yellow Gold Case and Bracelet. Price realized: $252,000

  • Lot 97: F.P. Journe Octa Calendrier 38mm Platinum Annual Calendar with Automatic Brass Movement and Retrograde Date. Price realized: $214,200

  • Lot 101: Rolex Ref. 6241, Daytona Steel Chronograph with “Paul Newman” Dial. Price realized: $214,200

  • Lot 81: Rolex Ref. 6262, “PAUL NEWMAN” Dial, Daytona Steel Chronograph with Bracelet. Price realized: $201,600

  • Lot 116: Rolex Ref. 6262, Daytona “PAUL NEWMAN” Dial, Steel Chronograph with Bracelet. Price realized: $201,600

  • Lot 113: Patek Philippe Ref. 1463R, “TASTI TONDI”, 18K Rose Gold Chronograph with Two-Tone Silvered Dial, Retailed by Serpico Y Laino. Price realized: $189,000

  • Lot 125: F.P. Journe Chronometre Optimum, 18K Rose Gold Chronometer with Constant Force Remontoir and Dead-Beat Seconds. Price realized: 189,000

  • Lot 93: Rolex Ref. 1665, “patent pending”, “Double Red” Sea Dweller, a very fine and rare stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with date. Price realized: $176,400

  • Lot 129: Breguet Ref. 3857, 250th Anniversary, 18K Yellow Gold Minute Repeating Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Wristwatch with Jump Hours, Retrograde Date, and Leap Year Indicator. Price realized: $163,800

  • Lot 131: Rolex Ref. 116506, Cosmograph Daytona Platinum Chronograph with Brown Ceramic Bezel and Glacier Dial. Price realized: $163,800

  • Lot 126: F.P. Journe Octa Calendrier 18K Pink Gold Triple Calendar with Subsidiary Seconds. Price realized: $151,200

  • Lot 112: Patek Philippe Ref. 2526J, 18K Yellow Gold 1st Series Enamel Dial Wristwatch Retailed and Signed by Tiffany & Co. Price realized: $144,900

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Phillips Releases Full Catalogue for The New York Watch Auction: SIX

Phillips has unveiled the full catalogue for The New York Watch Auction: SIX, the company’s first-ever spring watch auction in New York.

Featuring over 160 lots, in addition to the George Daniels Anniversary previously announced, the sale will also be led by a fresh-to-market Rolex Paul Newman Daytona Lemon ref. 6264 “El Limoncito,” estimated at $600,000-1.2 million.

The New York Watch Auction: : SIX will also offer several other important and historically significant time pieces from Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, F.P.Journe, Richard Mille, Cartier, De Bethune, Roger Smith, Omega, Heuer, and Zenith, among others.

The auction will take place over the course of two sessions on 11-12 June, with lots 1-82 offered on Saturday, the 11th, and lots 83-163 offered on Sunday, the 12th.

Leading the selection of Rolex watches is “El Limoncito,” an exceptionally well-preserved Rolex Paul Newman Daytona Lemon ref. 6264, which has remained in the same family collection for over half a century, and features the rarest exotic dial for the model.

A superb selection of top-quality vintage and modern Patek Philippe watches will be offered, led by the legendary ref. 5016 minute repeater with perpetual calendar and tourbillon in 18 karat rose gold, and an incredibly well-preserved vintage reference 3450 perpetual calendar with factory sapphire exhibition caseback complete with box and original certificate.

An extraordinary selection of vintage and modern Nautilus models, including an 18 karat “Jumbo” ref. 3700/1 retailed by Gubelin – one of only three ever offered publicly, a ref. 5976/1G 40th Anniversary from 2016, and a now-discontinued ref. 5711/1A-014 Nautilus with green dial will also be offered.

The auction will also feature an outstanding selection of models from Independent and other top collectors’ brands. F.P.Journe highlights include a very early Tourbillon Souverain with serial number 035/99T, an extremely rare 40mm Tourbillon Souverain model with jade dial, and a unique Harry Winston Opus 1 Chronomètre à Résonance – a collaboration between Harry Winston and F.P.Journe from 2001.

Other noteworthy highlights include an A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerksunst – 1 of only 20 examples made, and a Roger Smith Series 2 Open Dial in platinum. The sale will also offer a selection of timepieces with special serial numbers including a De Bethune Titan Hawk V2 with serial number 000, and a Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30o Technique Blue with serial number 1.

Finally, this sale will present Chapter II of a special collection of watches known as “Ride the Wave” – nearly 20 extremely well-preserved vintage and modern watches from a renowned American surgeon, surfer, and collector.

As announced earlier this season, the sale will also include watches from the personal collection of Academy Award-Nominee James Garner, The No. 00 George Daniels Anniversary Watch, and the Unique Chronomètre Souverain Gifted to George Daniels by F.P. Journe.

Auction Highlights

Lot 111: ROLEX, Cosmograph Daytona Paul Newman “El Limoncito”, ref. 6264

This fresh-to-the-market, stunning 18K yellow gold reference 6264 with Paul Newman dial, is nicknamed “El Limoncito.”

With its grèné yellow dial, black subdials, and white graphics, the Lemon is perhaps the most striking and unusual configuration of Cosmograph Daytona Paul Newman and is seldom seen publicly.

A Spanish-language play on the Italian nickname for the Lemon, the so-called “Limoncino,” “El Limoncito” is a nod to the Mexican origins of the family who owned this watch since its production in 1969.

Additionally, the clasp of the Rolex bracelet is stamped “Hecho in Mexico,” indicating it was fabricated in Mexico under the specifications of Rolex. Estimate: $600,000 – 1,200,000.

Lot 110: ROLEX, Cosmograph Daytona “Rainbow”

This stunning example of the Rainbow Daytona is virtually impossible to acquire at retail, even for longstanding customers of Rolex. The present lot has remained virtually unworn since its initial purchase in 2018 and retains all of its original accessories.

The reference 116595RBOW is a captivating reminder of the joie de vivre that wearing a watch can inspire, as well as the creative, technical, and aesthetic excellence of the Rolex brand. With 36 rainbow-hued sapphires, 56 diamonds adorning the lugs and crown guards, and rainbow sapphires indicating the hours, every single gemstone used is internally flawless.

Each sapphire is perfectly cut to fit without prongs into the bezel, and selected with the right color for transitioning to the stones on adjacent sides, so that rather than seeming like 36 individual stones, they blend into one another.

Due to the difficulty in sourcing these stones, subjecting them to Rolex’s high standards, and then fitting them into the watch, production numbers remain extremely low and across all metals, very few have surfaced at auction. Estimate: $200,000 – 400,000.

Lot 19: PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5016R-010

This outstanding Patek Philippe 5016R comes with two stunning dials. Fitted with an anthracite gray dial with applied Breguet numerals and accompanied by an extra, extremely rare semi-gloss black dial with diamond hour markers within pink gold settings.

Both dials bear the same movement number as on the original certificate – confirming their originality to the watch. Produced in yellow, white, and rose gold, as well as platinum (and a unique piece for charity in stainless steel) reference 5016. It is believed that approximately 200 examples were manufactured until production ended in 2011.

Further accompanied with its original Certificate of Origin, chronometer certificate, presentation box, additional caseback, the presence of an additional dial made especially for this watch elevates the importance of an already outstanding and singular timepiece. Estimate: $300,000 – 600,000.

Lot 90: PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 3450 Sapphire Caseback

Another stunning lot to join Phillips’ June sale is the Patek Philippe reference 3450. Launched in 1981, reference 3450 was the successor to the reference 3448 – Patek’s very first automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch.

While aesthetically similar to reference 3448, it most notably features a leap year indication on the dial. Setting this specific ref. 3450 apart from its kin, it is one of only 6 total examples known to be fitted with a sapphire caseback – a special request from the original owner and confirmed by a letter from Patek Philippe.

Since appearing at auction in 2004 when it was consigned by the original owner, it has remained ensconced in one of the greatest American collections of vintage Patek Philippe wristwatches.

Fully corroborated and in a breathtaking state of preservation, the flawless dial is housed within a case in near-perfect condition, having never been previously polished.

Complete with its original Certificate of Origin, original box, and correspondence from Patek Philippe confirming the originality of the sapphire case back, it is one of the finest examples of a reference 3450 to crown a collection of the world’s best timepieces. Estimate: $250,000 – 500,000.

Lot 88: PATEK PHILIPPE, Nautilus “Jumbo” Ref. 3700/1 retailed by Gübelin

The present watch is only the third ever Gübelin-signed Nautilus 3700/1 in yellow gold to appear at auction, with this particular one having never been offered publicly. It is a stunning example, preserved in all original condition, with its dial flawless and original to the watch.

The original, Gay Frères-signed flat Nautilus clasp is correct, and the bracelet remains absolutely rigid and tight throughout. The “Jumbo” nickname referred to the 42mm case diameter, which was considered oversized for the era. While the Nautilus was initially not well received, its popularity quickly grew, and soon became a mainstay of Patek Philippe’s collection with subsequent models including chronographs and perpetual calendars.

The original reference 3700/1 was in production from its introduction in 1976 until 1981 and featured a straight bracelet, versus the tapered bracelet of the successor reference 3700/11. Estimate: $120,000 – 240,000.

Lot 163: PATEK PHILIPPE, Nautilus, Ref. 5711/1A-014

In 2021, Patek Philippe announced the imminent discontinuation of the reference 5711/1A in its entirety and introduced a special “olive green” dial to only be produced for one year to mark its departure.

Alongside a baguette diamond-set bezel variant, these two final 5711s (apart from the limited run of 170 “Tiffany Blue” double signed pieces) would mark the end of the production of the reference that has been a mainstay of the Patek Philippe collection since its introduction in 2006.

Given that no more of these 5711/1A-014 pieces will be produced and are now fully discontinued, the present example is one of the extremely few opportunities to acquire this intensely limited run of one of the most iconic sports watch references of all time. Estimate: $80,000 – 160,000.

Lot 116: F.P. JOURNE, Tourbillon Souverain No. 035/99T

The Tourbillon Souverain offered in the June sale is a first-generation model in platinum with a superb white gold dial, eloquently embodying F.P. Journe’s inimitable style both in terms of aesthetics and technical mastery.

Made from 2000 to 2005, these first-generation Resonance models, like the present lot, feature rhodium-plated brass movements and a 38mm case. This watch is an extremely early and rare example of Journe’s Tourbillon with remontoir d’egalité and is numbered 035, dating from 1999, and is classified as a second-generation version of the Tourbillon due to its similarity to the Souscription series dials.

Completely original, the dial’s printed text appears as though it is floating over the dial surface – a trait that is prominently featured in this example, where it can almost seem as though one is seeing double. Furthermore, it exhibits the remarkable reflectivity, sheen, and luster found in Journe’s’ earliest dials that is today so coveted by collectors. The case back engraving style is Journe’s earliest-extremely shallow and also extremely sought after.

The present lot offers the rare opportunity of obtaining a fresh-to-market, historically significant wristwatch integral to understanding the evolution of one of the most influential contemporary watchmakers. Estimate: $300,000 – 600,000.

Lot 10: F.P.JOURNE, Tourbillon Souverain Jade Dial

François-Paul Journe introduced the Tourbillon Nouveau (reference “TN”) in 2003 to replace the previous Tourbillon (reference “T”), which had been in production since 1999. The Tourbillon Nouveau can be seen as a wholesale upheaval of the previous tourbillon movement. The brass movement was discontinued and replaced by a movement made entirely of 18 karat pink gold — a first for the watch industry.

François-Paul also incorporated a deadbeat seconds mechanism, further adding to the watch’s technical superiority, as it allows for the seconds hand completely stop as the escapement continues to beat, not moving until one second has elapsed.

This watch comes with an amazing Jade dial, created by the in-house dial makers of F.P. Journe, Les Cadraniers de Genève, with great skill and at great expense. Jade is rarely used in timepieces as at a certain thickness, jade will crack, and it requires extreme care, skill, and artisanship to place in a watch dial.

Extremely rare, it was delivered in 2015 to the present owner, who is offering it for sale for the very first time – fully complete with original certificate, purchase invoices, product literature, extra strap, and presentation box. Estimate: $200,000 – 400,000.

Lot 82: RICHARD MILLE Felipe Massa Black Night Ref. RM011-FM

Since launching his first model in 2001, Richard Mille has pushed the limits of horology making some of the most technical watches of the 21st century. The RM011 was first introduced in 2007 and was the firm’s first chronograph model with annual calendar featuring an oversized digital date display on a skeletonized dial.

Since its initial launch, the reference has developed a cult following and an iconic status as one of the brands most important and sought-after models. Traditionally encased in titanium, the present limited-edition model from 2015 continued the relationship between Mille and racecar driver, Felipe Massa, and is made with a carbon NTPT (North Thin Ply Technology) case – a lightweight material capable of withstanding the extreme forces of Formula 1 racing.

This extremely fascinating Richard Mille flyback wristwatch was produced in a limited number of 100 examples. Estimate: $200,000 – 400,000.

Lot 11: ROGER SMITH, Series 2 Open Dial

With just four platinum examples of Roger Smith’s open-worked Series 2 ever manufactured out of a total of 12 across all metals, the Series 2 offered here presents a unique opportunity to acquire one of the rarest and most exceptional independently-made timepieces of the 21st century.

Directly from the bench of Roger Smith to the original owner, and then to Phillips New York, the present Series 2 cased in a 40mm platinum case was executed with a sublime open-worked dial at the request of the owner.

The movement is where English watchmaking takes center stage as far as the combination of mechanical performance and aesthetic skill. It is none other than Roger Smith’s improved Daniels’ co-axial escapement providing the regulation, as Roger takes on the mantle of British horology and the legacy of his mentor, with a single-wheel co-axial escapement.

The Series 2 Open Dial was discontinued and reintroduced as a separate reference, the Series 5. Estimate: $150,000 – 300,000.

Lot 49: A. LANGE & SÖHNE, Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst

Also featured in the sale is a spectacular A. Lange & Söhne that bears the rarified title of Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerskunst, It is an exceptional example of Teutonic watchmaking mastery hardly ever seen on the secondary market.

The Lange Handswerksunst watches, literally meaning “craftsmanship” in German, typically display a level of adornment and workmanship unseen in their regular production counterparts.

Handwerkskunst pieces are all assembled by one single master watchmaker, and the assembly time is increased compared to normal Lange timepieces. This particular Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerskunst features a deep black, hand-fired enamel dial made in-house by the artisans at A. Lange & Söhne with an exposed tourbillon and spectacular balance cock finished with black polishing.

Released in 2014 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Lange 1, the present example is replete with its original accessories and numbered 16 of 20, consigned by the original owner in crisp overall condition. Estimate: $120,000 – 240,000.

Lot 125: AUDEMARS PIGUET, Offshore “End of Days” Prototype, Ref. 25770SN

This historically important Audemars Piguet prototype chronograph wristwatch was worn by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the thriller “End of Days” (1999). Schwarzenegger reportedly told Audemars Piguet “I want the watch to have a black case and yellow numerals and hands”.

The result was the current prototype No. 248, as well as a second timepiece No. 249, both of which are noted in the AP archives as “Destination Schwarzenegger 25 September 1998”. The Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore are iconic timepieces recognized for their modern design and their enduring legacy in the horological world, recently celebrated by Phillips’ Royal Oak 50th Sale in Geneva. Estimate: $25,000 – 50,000.

Lot 107: PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 130 from Ride the Wave Chapter II

The Patek Philippe, Ref. 130 is a timepiece that can certainly be considered one of the finest representatives of this classic and important reference known.

With its stunning two-tone silvered dial with all of its raised, hard enamel perfectly intact, it first appeared at auction in 2005 when it was consigned by the original owner’s family as a graduation gift. Purchased by the consignor at that time, it has been kept as a treasured watch in the Ride the Wave collection and remains in outstanding overall condition complete with its original Certificate of Origin and presentation box.

Crisp lugs and bezel edges, perfectly preserved satin finishing on all surfaces, and a beautifully aged original dial all indicate the watch was hardly ever worn throughout its lifetime. So remarkable is this example, it is prominently featured in John Goldberger’s book, “Stainless Steel Patek Philippe Watches”. Estimate: $100,000 – 200,000

Lot 109: ROLEX, “Datocompax” “Killy” Ref. 5036 from Ride the Wave Chapter II

Produced in very small numbers in steel, yellow, and pink gold between 1948 and 1951, reference 5036 is one of the rare triple calendar chronograph wristwatches, dubbed “Datocompax” manufactured by Rolex beginning in the late 1940s, and now known as the “Killy”.

The reference 5036 is the rarest and most sought-after by collectors – and in 18 karat pink gold, it’s the rarest of all metals. Interestingly, it bears an applied Roman numeral twelve, which is not present in the later references.

Preserved in the “Ride the Wave” collection since its acquisition at auction in 2013, this reference 5036 is further testament to the collector’s attention to quality and excellence. The lovely two-tone “no-lume” dial has aged to a contrasting warm ivory color, and the case still bears the oft-lost case numbers engraved on the edge of the caseback.

Furnished with a period-correct Rolex strap and buckle, it is one of the rarest and highest quality “Datocompax” “Killy” examples ever made available to the public. Estimate: $120,000 – 240,000

Auction details

Name: The New York Watch Auction: SIX
Preview: 4-10 June 2022
Auction: 11-12 June 2022
Location: 432 Park Avenue, New York
Discover all lots at:  https://www.phillips.com/auctions/auction/NY080222

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV by Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo Realises US$33.6 Million

Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo achieves HK$264 million/ US$33.6 million during The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV.

Held over two days on 27 and 28 May at the JW Marriott Hotel, the 100% sold sale far exceeded its pre-sale estimate of HK$105,256,000 to HK$192,004,000, marking the highest ever total for a various owner watches sale in Asia and the highest ever total for the category at Phillips Asia.

Patek Philippe ref. 3974
Patek Philippe ref. 3974

Patek Philippe once again demonstrated its supremacy with an impressive selection of collectible models, led by a possibly unique Ref. 3974 in a yellow gold case made by the legendary casemaker Jaen-Pierre Hagmann and features the black lacquer dial embellished with the Calatrava Cross logo. This lot was for HK$19.6 million/ US$2.5 million, more than three times its pre-sale high estimate and achieved the new world record for the reference.

Patek Philippe ref. 5723112R-001
Patek Philippe ref. 5723112R-001

Following the world record set for Nautilus when the very first Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5711 with Tiffany Blue® dial sold at Phillips New York last December, the Nautilus Ref. 5723 with the prestigious double stamp by Tiffany & Co. and ruby-set bezel and indexes sold for HK$11.4 million/ US$1.45 million, setting the second highest price ever paid for any Nautilus and the world record for a Nautilus in gold.

F.P.Journe Tourbillon Souverain China 2010
F.P.Journe Tourbillon Souverain China 2010

Important creations by independent watchmakers performed extremely well, with numerous timepieces flying well above their high estimates. The F.P.Journe Tourbillon Souverain “China 2010” limited edition, one out of the five examples created to commemorate the opening of F.P. Journe Boutique in Beijing in 2010, sold for HK$8.7 million/ US$1.1 million, setting a world auction record for F.P.Journe Tourbillon featuring a 40mm diameter case.

Other notable results include a unique stainless steel prototype with an innovative movement almost entirely made out of titanium created by Lang & Heyne, made in collaboration with Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo and The Lavish Attic, ranking as the highest auction price ever achieved for a wristwatch by Lang & Heyne.

Voutilainen Vingt-8 Hisui
Voutilainen Vingt-8 Hisui

A unique Vingt-8 Hisui watch by Kari Voutilainen was sold for over HK$4.4 million/ US$561,834, the highest price achieved for a Voutilainen timepiece without Complications.

Top Ten Lots of the Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Lot 886: Patek Philippe Ref. 3974, yellow gold minute repeating perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases, leap year indication, glossy black lacquered dial, applied Breguet numerals, Calatrava cross logo. Circa 1990

  • Estimate: HK $3,200,000 – 6,500,000/ US$410,000 – 833,000
  • Price Achieved: HK$19,610,000/ US$2,498,314 (world record for the reference)

Lot 956: Patek Philippe Ref. 5723/112R-001, Pink gold wristwatch with baguette-cut ruby-set bezel and indexes, chocolate brown dial, retailed by Tiffany & Co.

  • Estimate: HK $2,350,000 – 3,900,000/ US$301,000 – 500,000
  • Price Achieved: HK$11,442,500/ US$1,457,775 (world record for a Nautilus in gold)

Lot 963C: F.P. Journe, Tourbillon Souverain “China 2010”, platinum wristwatch with tourbillon regulator, one of a limited edition of 5 pieces made to commemorate the opening of F.P. Journe Boutique in Beijing.

  • Estimate: HK $3,900,000 – 7,800,000/ US$500,000 – 1,000,000
  • Price Achieved: HK$8,720,000/ US$1,110,928 (world record for F.P.Journe Tourbillon featuring a 40mm diameter case)

Lot 1009: Voutilainen, a unique and superbly decorated platinum wristwatch with tear drop lugs, Japanese lacquering, cabochon emerald. Circa 2017

  • Estimate: HK$780,000 – 1,560,000/ US$100,000-200,000
  • Price Achieved: HK$4,410,000/ US$561,834 (world record for a Voutilainen timepiece without complications)

Lot 884: Patek Philippe Ref. 5711/1P-001, platinum wristwatch with diamond-set indexes, limited edition of 700 pieces, made for the 40th Anniversary of the Nautilus. Circa 2017

  • Estimate: HK$1,500,000 – 3,000,000/ US$192,000 – 385,000
  • Price Achieved: HK$4,032,000/ US$513,677

Lot 937: Rolex Ref. 16528, yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with grand feu enamel “Ying Yang” concept dial, black “Daytona” signature. Circa 1989

  • Estimate: HK$1,560,000 – 3,120,000/ US$200,000 – 400,000
  • Price Achieved: HK$3,654,000/ US$465,520

Lot 856: F.P.Journe, platinum tourbillon wristwatch with remontoir d’egalité, brass movement. Circa 2002

  • Estimate: HK$1,150,000 – 1,950,000/ US$147,000-250,000
  • Price Achieved: HK$3,654,000/ US$465,520

Lot 909: Rolex, Ref. 6241stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with “Paul Newman” dial. Circa 1968

  • Estimate: HK$1,200,000 – 2,000,000/ US$154,000-256,000
  • Price Achieved: HK$3,276,000/ US$417,362

Lot 944: A. Lange & Söhne, Ref. 730.048F pink gold tourbillon wristwatch, numbered 25 of a limited edition of 30 pieces. Circa 2016

  • Estimate: HK$900,000 – 1,600,000/ US$115,000-205,000
  • Price Achieved: HK$3,276,000/ US$417,362

Lot 929: Richard Mille “RM67-02 Alexis Pinturault” Ref. RM67-02 CA-FQ, Quartz TPT and titanium wristwatch

  • Estimate: HK $2,000,000 – 4,000,000/ US$256,000 – 513,000
  • Price Achieved: HK$3,276,000/ US$417,362

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Christie’s New York Presents Important Watches of Exceptional Provenance, Featuring “The Kairos Collection” Part III – Live Evening Sale On 8th and 9th June 2022

After the stunning performance of the 30 watches from the Kairos Collection Part I already sold in Geneva and with Part II to come in Hong Kong on 29 May, Christie’s New York prepares for a milestone in watch sale history, including the grand finale of The Kairos Collection in New York presenting 68 extraordinary watches.

Important Watches of Exceptional Provenance, presented across two evening sessions on June 8 and 9, will be offering a total of 137 lots, among which are some of the finest horological masterpieces to appear at auction. Estimated in excess of US$14 million, this sale marks a historic high for Christie’s New York.

The first evening, on 8 June, will present Lots 1-68 of The Kairos Collection Part III – the finest collection of Patek Philippe contemporary timepieces to be offered.

Following Part I in Geneva and Part II in Hong Kong, the grand finale in New York offers marvels of Grandes Complications such as the Ref. 5531R-012, an exceptional 18k rose gold minute repeating world time wristwatch with miniature cloisonné enamel dial, the Ref. 5950/1A-010 (one of just 10 ever made), steel cushion-shaped split seconds single button chronograph wristwatch with blue dial and bracelet, and the Ref. 5740/1G-001, a very rare and quite striking perpetual calendar wristwatch with leap year indicator, moon phases and bracelet, and the first example ever to be offered publicly with a dual signature by Tiffany & Co.

The second evening, on 9 June, will present Lots 69-137, with a focus on vintage and modern icons with exceptional provenance.

Among the watches consigned by their original owner or original family, and sourced exclusively in the Americas, are: extraordinarily rare and important Patek Philippe 18k white gold 3448G “Red Dot”; a newly discovered Rolex steel Daytona Ref. 6263, MK 1 “Paul Newman Oyster Sotto”; as well as the early and eminently desirable F. P. Journe platinum Chronomètre à Résonance with brass movement.

Other highlights include historically significant examples such as the The Great Escape 3525 Rolex, the personal watch of RAF Lt. Gerald Imeson wore as a POW and that was instrumental in planning and executing “The Great Escape” on March 24th, 1944.

From 3 to 8 June, these masterpieces will be on display at Christie’s New York, 20 Rockefeller Center. The exhibition, open to the public, tells the stories behind these great legends of watchmaking history.

Highlights

Lot 58 – From The Kairos Collection Part III, the Patek Philippe Ref. 5531R-012, with miniature cloisonné enamel dial depicting the Lavaux vineyards on the shores of Lake Geneva.

This 18k rose gold Grande Complication watch presented at Baselworld 2018 merges two iconic horological mechanisms: Minute Repeater and World Time.

As the first minute repeater that always strikes local time, the Reference 5531 World Time Minute Repeater innovates by uniting two of Patek Philippe’s most emblematic complications.

Patek Philippe Ref 5531R-012 Lake Geneva

The rose gold case is adorned with a hand-guilloché hobnail pattern and a dial centre in cloisonné enamel depicting the Lavaux vineyards on the shores of Lake Geneva, revealing the quintessence of Métiers d’Art tradition and craftsmanship.

Estimate: US$1,000,000-2,000,000.

Lot 111 – Patek Philippe 18k white gold 3448G “Red Dot”.

This 1981 reference in 18K white gold is one of only two known of the 3448 with the leap year indicator. An automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch, unique not only because it is the only one of its linage to have a leap year indicator materialized by a small red dot at 3:30, but also by its combination of features and complications : 37.5 mm calibre Cal. 27-460 Q automatic, Geneva hallmark, moon phases, day and date display, perpetual calendar with leap year indicator, 37 jewels, Gyromax balance, 18K gold wheel, matte silver dial, applied gold batons for squared figures, auxiliary edges indicating the date and moon phases.

Patek Philippe Ref 3448G Red Dot

Sold in 1981 to a collector, this Ref. 3448 remained the property of the original purchaser’s family and is an aficionado’s dream come true.

Estimate: US$800,000-1,600,000.

Lot 94 – An extremely rare Ref. 6263 stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black “Paul Newman Mark 1 Oyster Sotto Daytona” dial

Newly discovered and coming fresh to the market being sourced from the original family, the “Oyster Sotto” or “Oyster Below” dial is also commonly known as the “RCO” as it features the words “Rolex”, “Cosmograph”, and then “Oyster” aligned vertically on the dial.

The Paul Newman Oyster Sotto Daytona is one of the true ‘holy grail’ pieces. Amongst the extremely small number of such watches produced, those with a Mark 1 dial are undeniably the rarest of the rare, near-unattainable trophies of the Rolex world.

Rolex Ref 6263 Oyster Sotto Paul Newman

Less than 20 examples in total with the Oyster “Sotto” designation (below the word “Cosmograph” instead of above it) are known. The Oyster “Sotto” dials were only fitted to a very small number of the first reference 6263 water-resistant Oyster Cosmographs.

The Paul Newman dial itself was discontinued soon after the reference 6263 was introduced: only low serial number watches were fitted with this style of dial, presumably at the request of clients or certain retailers.

Furthermore, some of these very special pieces have dials with a distinctly different font type that can be classed as a “Mark 1” dial, only appearing on those watches with the very lowest serial numbers. Of all the Paul Newman Oyster Sotto watches publicly known, only a few examples including the present watch sport the Mark 1 dial. From circa 1969.

Estimate: US$600,000-1,000,000.

Lot 120 – The Great Escape 3525 Rolex

A historically important Rolex watch worn by RAF Flight Lieutenant Gerald Imeson as a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft III, the present watch was instrumental in the planning and execution of “The Great Escape,” made on March 24, 1944.

During captivity, airmen could take advantage of an offer by Hans Wilsdorf, the owner of Rolex, allowing British officers to purchase watches on credit which could be paid when the war was won.

Rolex The Great Escape Ref 3525

An estimated 3,000+ British officers, including F/Lt. Imeson, sent postcards to Wilsdorf explaining their circumstances and whereabouts, indicating which Rolex they would like. On August 4, 1943, F/Lt. Imeson’s Rolex 3525 was delivered to Stalag Luft III.

The watch on offer today is accompanied by a number of images of F/Lt. Imeson, as well as some images of extracts from his diary during his time as a “POW” at Stalug Luft III, including references to the arrival of his 3525 at camp as well as an entry on 24-25/3 indicating the “Big Event”, aka “the Great Escape”.

Estimate: US$200,000-400,000

More Highlights………

The Kairos Collection Part III: On 8th June

Curated by a private collector with a discerning eye for excellence and the ability to acquire the rarest watches, The Kairos Collection is the finest grouping of Patek Philippe contemporary timepieces ever to appear at auction. It is the fruit of years of dedicated focus and a passion for the most prestigious of provenances, with every single timepiece in pristine condition.

On 8 June, Christie’s New York Important Watches of Exceptional Provenance will be featuring 68 watches from The Kairos Collection Part III, among which the following fabled references:

Lot 64 – Patek Philippe Ref. 5950/1A-010

From a limited series of just 10 examples, this steel cushion-shaped split seconds single button chronograph wristwatch features a blue dial and bracelet.

Launched in 2010, reference 5950 immediately soared to the top of the wish lists of collectors everywhere. Powered by the calibre CHR 27-575 PS, which was first introduced in 2005 with the officer-style split seconds chronograph reference 5959, not only is this movement the first example of chronographic calibre completely realised in-house by Patek Philippe, it is also the thinnest manually wound column-wheel split seconds single button chronograph movement ever designed by any manufacturer.

Patek Philippe Ref 59501A-010

This movement, which can be considered a compendium of the best and most innovative horological technology available at the moment of its inception, is interestingly housed in an art deco-style case inspired by the very first split seconds chronograph wristwatches of the 1920s.

The cushion-shaped case, the typical dial layout with outer railway fifth of a second divisions and the two horizontal subsidiary dials, the Breguet numerals, the engraved motif at the corners of the dial (reprised on the movement as well, an example of Patek Philippe’s incredible attention to detail), every little detail of the timepiece is devised with the intention of sending the wearer on a voyage back to the 1920s and 30s.

Estimate: US$300,000-500,000.

Lot 63 – Patek Philippe Ref. 5740/1G-001 Nautilus

The present Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5740/1G is the first example to come to market with a dual signature by Tiffany & Co.

The alliance between Patek Philippe and Tiffany & Co. began in 1851 under the guidance of the companies’ owners, Charles Louis Tiffany and Antoine Norbert de Patek. In 1854, Tiffany & Co. began introducing Patek Philippe watches to the American market, including some of the rarest models. The relationship flourished, Tiffany being the only name Patek Philippe allowed on the dials of its watches for exceptional occasions.

Patek Philippe Ref 57401G-001 Tiffany & Co.

The present timepiece is a prime example of the longstanding heritage between Patek Philippe and Tiffany – the present ref. 5740/1G is a modern culmination of design and heritage. Between the Gerald Genta case design, the Tiffany Signature, and Patek Philippe’s ultra thin calibre 240Q, the Ref. 5740/1G is representative of the horological progress made by each respective house and creator.

The Patek Philippe Reference 5740/1G is the first of the Nautilus family to be included in the Grande Complication family of Patek Philippe. The present timepiece presents a marriage between the iconic case designed by Mr. Genta, and the haute horological craftsmanship that has become synonymous with Patek Philippe watchmaking.

Estimate: US$200,000-400,000

Lot 28 – Patek Philippe Ref. 5711/1A-014 Nautilus with “Green Dial”, in steel

The Nautilus 5711/1A-014 was unveiled at Watches & Wonders in April 2021 with a dial in a never-before-seen shade of olive green that is new to the Nautilus collection. The model was released as a replacement for the blue-dial reference 5711⁄1A-010 made to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Nautilus in 2006 and discontinued earlier this year.

An homage to the original “Jumbo” reference 3700/1A, the 5711/1A draws striking similarities in design to the original models while also offering a modern update with a new case size which is 1mm larger than its predecessor, and made in three-parts rather than the two-part cases of the original Nautilus.

Patek Philippe Ref. 57111A-014 Nautilus Green Dial

The introduction of the new sunburst olive-green dial for the new Nautilus was an unexpected yet ingenious move by Patek Philippe and it is thought that the model will only be produced for one year. Naturally, demand will continue to greatly exceed supply for the remaining production time.

The present watch, offered in immaculate condition, affords those discriminating collectors who insist upon only the most exclusive timepieces the thrilling prospect of obtaining, without delay, an unobtainable Patek Philippe steel Nautilus that is destined to become ever more desirable.

Estimate: US$200,000-400,000

Lot 61 – Patek Philippe Ref. 5372P-010

A very attractive platinum split seconds chronograph perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phase. Introduced in 2017, the Patek Philippe Ref. 5372P-010 is a fine take on the modern split seconds chronograph. The Ref. 5372P-010 is a mono-pusher split seconds chronograph. An incredibly complicated layout to start with, properly calibrating the chronograph to a single pusher system in an engineering prowess.

Patek Philippe Ref 5372P-010

The Ref. 5372P-010, is featured in two different dials, blue and rose gold. Although publications have referred to the dial as “Salmon”, Patek Philippe lists the dial colour as “Rose Gold”.

Patek Philippe timepieces that feature the ever so pleasing “Salmon” dials are among the most desirable and collectible the firm has ever created in both its modern and vintage eras. The present lot is the chance to own a “Salmon”-hued grande complication made only until early 2022.

Estimate: US$200,000-400,000

Lot 22 – Patek Philippe Ref. 5968G-010 Aquanaut

A fine 18k white gold Fly-Back chronograph wristwatch with date, retailed & signed by Tiffany & Co. The Aquanaut followed in the wake of the Nautilus’s 30th anniversary in 1996 which launched the celebrated and now-discontinued Ref. 5711 and the Ref. 5712.

Patek Philippe Ref 5968G-010 Tiffany & Co

The first Aquanaut reference 5060, launched in 1997, borrowed many of its design cues from big brother Nautilus – most notably the rounded octagonal bezel.

Estimate: US$150,000-250,000.

More highlights from The Kairos Collection Part III…

  • Patek Philippe Ref. 5275P-001 – 175th Anniversary Edition, Lot 57, Platinum Hour Strike Chiming Wristwatch with Digital Jump Hour Jumping Minutes and Seconds, Created In a Limited Edition of 175 Examples, 40mm x 47mm Case In Platinum, Silver Guilloche Dial, Caliber 32-650 HGS PS Manual-Winding Movement. Estimate: USD 300,000 – USD 600,000.
  • Patek Philippe Ref. 5711/1 P-001, Lot 39, Nautilus 40th Anniversary Limited Series Platinum Wristwatch with Date & Diamond Hour Markers, 40mm case and Blue dial. Estimate: USD 350,000 – USD 550,000.
  • Patek Philippe Ref. 5004R-018, Lot 65, 18k Rose Gold Perpetual Calendar Split Second Chronograph Wristwatch with 37mm Case, Manual-winding Movement and Black Dial. Estimate: USD 200,000 – USD 400,000.
  • Patek Philippe Ref. 5004P-039, Lot 66, Split Seconds Chronograph Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch with Moon Phases,  37mm Platinum Case, Manual-winding Movement and Black Dial. Estimate: USD 180,000 – USD 280,000.
  • Patek Philippe Ref. 5650G-001, Lot 4, Aquanaut Advanced Research Dual Timezone Watch with Day Night Indicator and Date, 18K White Gold, 40mm Case, Automatic Movement and Semi-skeleton Blue Dial. Estimate: USD 150,000 – USD 250,000.

Treasures of Exceptional Provenance: On 9th June

Lots 69-137 of Important Watches of Exceptional Provenance will focus on vintage and modern icons, including the extraordinarily rare and important watches described below. Other highlights include historically significant military examples such as The Great Escape 3525 Rolex highlighted earlier.

Rolex Daytonas with Paul Newman dial

Alongside Ref. 6263 “Paul Newman Mark 1 Oyster Sotto Daytona”, Christie’s New York will also be offering three other fabled and fabulous Rolex Daytonas with a Paul Newman dial.

Lot 101 - Rolex Ref. 6241, Daytona, with exotic “Paul Newman” dial. A rare steel chronograph wristwatch on bracelet. Estimate: US$200,000-400,000
Lot 101 – Rolex Ref. 6241, Daytona, with exotic “Paul Newman” dial. A rare steel chronograph wristwatch on bracelet. Estimate: US$200,000-400,000
Lot 116 - Rolex Ref. 6262, Daytona, with exotic “Paul Newman” dial. A very fine and rare steel chronograph wristwatch on bracelet. Estimate: US$150,000-250,000
Lot 116 – Rolex Ref. 6262, Daytona, with exotic “Paul Newman” dial. A very fine and rare steel chronograph wristwatch on bracelet. Estimate: US$150,000-250,000
Lot 81 - Rolex Ref. 6262 “Paul Newman” dial, Daytona. A very rare steel chronograph wristwatch on bracelet. Estimate: US$150,000-250,000.
Lot 81 – Rolex Ref. 6262 “Paul Newman” dial, Daytona. A very rare steel chronograph wristwatch on bracelet. Estimate: US$150,000-250,000.

A true icon in the world of watch collecting, the Rolex Daytona has, from its origination, undergone a multitude of iterations, from dials to cases to movements – perfectly illustrating Rolex’s incessant drive to innovate and still remain true to its heritage. The rarest and most sought-after watches continue to be of the Paul Newman era, a version of the Daytona made famous by the eponymous actor.

Rolex x Daytona x Tiffany & Co.

Rolex Daytona Ref 6263 Daytona Retailed and Signed by Tiffany & Co
Lot 95 – Rolex Daytona Ref. 6263. A very fine and rare 14k yellow gold chronograph wristwatch, retailed and signed by Tiffany & Co., consigned by the family of the original owner. Estimate: US$150,000-250,000.

F.P. Journe  Watches

Lot 96 – F.P. Journe Chronomètre à Résonance. A very important 38mm platinum dual time wristwatch with power reserve and dual escapement brass movement.

The present watch is an important early version with rhodium-plated brass movement. Early F. P. Journe timepieces were fitted with brass movements, and these are extremely collectible today.

Journe timepieces maybe synonymous with 18k gold movements now, however the watchmaker only started crafting his movements in gold from 2004. The early production models, between 2001 and 2004, featured brass movements – an estimated number of around 2,000. As a result, Journe wristwatches with brass movements are rare and signify an epoch in the celebrated watchmaker’s sterling career.

F.P. Journe Chronometre A Resonance watch with Brass Movement

The Chronomètre à Résonance model was launched in 2000. It is one of the exceedingly rare and fascinating wristwatches in the world based on resonance, a natural physical phenomenon. The two closely positioned balance wheels synchronize each other by means of the resonance effect and naturally beat alternately. The negative effects of wrist and body movements are hence considerably reduced.

The effects of resonance upon a timekeeper were first noticed by Antide Janvier around 1780, who created clocks with two pendulums beating in resonance, and the idea was taken further by Abraham Louis Breguet who successfully completed pocket watches with twin resonant balances.

The genius of F.P. Journe reinvented the mechanism for the modern world and produced the Chronomètre a Résonance” wristwatch, and the present watch is one of that remarkable series. The two dials can of course be used to show two different time zones, however, many watch collectors have both dials displaying the same time to remain true to the original theory of resonance.

To facilitate precise setting of both movements, the seconds can be zeroed and started simultaneously by pulling out the crown at 4 o’clock on the band.

Estimate: US$300,000-500,000.

Lot 97 – F.P. Journe, Octa Calendrier, a very fine 38mm platinum annual calendar wristwatch, with automatic brass movement and retrograde date.

This lot is an important early version with rhodium-plated brass movement. Early F. P. Journe timepieces were fitted with brass movements.

F.P. Journe Octa Calendrier watch with Automatic Brass Movement

The Octa Calendrier is the third complication to be integrated in the Octa automatic calibre. The integration of an annual retrograde calendar while maintaining the dimensions of the movement was another significant horological achievement for the brand.

The instantaneously advancing day and month display is self-adjusting for months with 28, 30 and 31 days. The Octa annual calendar requires manual adjustment at the end of February only during the non-leap years.

Estimate: US$200,000-300,000.

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Christie’s Hong Kong Watches Spring Auctions 24 May 2022 – Results

On 24 May, Christie’s Watches held two live auctions, including the white-glove sale of “The Champion Collection Part III: The Artistry of Complications”, and “Important Watches and The Rise of The Independent Watchmakers, Featuring The Kairos Collection Part II”, realising a historic sale total of HK$299,004,780/ US$38,269,921 and 139% hammer above low estimate. The sales saw strong global participation from 20 countries across 4 continents.

21 world auction records for references across both sales including Patek Philippe References: 5002R, 605HU, 5976 ⁄ 1G, 5016P-018, 5275P, and exceptionally rare models of F.P. Journe, A. Lange & Söhne, and Cartier. Top lot of each sale set world auction record for the reference.

 Patek Philippe Ref. 5002 (Lot 2273)
Patek Philippe Ref. 5002

The Champion Collection Part III: The Artistry of Complications, Top Achiever: Patek Philippe. A magnificent, extremely rare and highly complicated 18k pink gold 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 sky moon tourbillon model, Ref. 5002R, circa 2010. Lot 2273. Price realised: HK$24,450,000/ US$3,129,380. World auction record for the reference.

Patek Philippe Ref. 605HU
Patek Philippe Ref. 605HU

Important Watches and The Rise of The Independent Watchmakers, Featuring The Kairos Collection Part II, Top Achiever: Patek Philippe. A magnificent and extremely rare 18k gold world time pocket watch with world map cloisonné enamel dial, Ref. 605HU, manufactured in 1948. Lot 2443, Price realised: HK$16,050,000/ US$2,054,256. World auction record for the reference.

Sale Highlights of “The Champion Collection Part III: The Artistry of Complications”:

All lots in this sale found buyers, with almost 1/3 of lots sold above high estimates. 12 world auction records for the references were set in the sale, including Patek Philippe Ref. 5002R, 5016P-018, 5275P, 5074J, 5271 ⁄ 11P-001, 5971P, 5020J-016, 5071G, 5059G-018, 5976 ⁄ 1G, 5167 ⁄ 300G-010 and 5167A-010.

Patek Philippe horological treasures sparked fierce competition, with a wide variety of lots sold multiple times above estimates, including:

Patek Philippe horological treasures

Patek Philippe horological treasures

Limited edition and rare timepieces by other celebrated brands including Greubel Forsey, Vacheron Constantin, and Audemars Piguet also achieved outstanding prices:

Limited edition and rare timepieces

Sale Highlights of “Important Watches and The Rise of The Independent Watchmakers, Featuring The Kairos Collection Part II”:

42% of lots sold above high estimates, with 9 world auction records for the references established, including Patek Philippe Ref. 605HU, 1415; F.P. Journe NO. 01⁄10-T10, Sonnerie Souveraine Model; A. Lange & Söhne Ref. 405.836, 310.836, 320.836; Cartier – a platinum and diamond-set limited edition Crash Model, and a rare 18K white gold and diamond-set limited edition Crash Model made for the re-opening of the Paris boutique.

In addition to the top lot of this sale, Lot 2443 – Patek Philippe 605 Heures Universelles, other top-performing extraordinary timepieces include:

Patek Philippe 605 Heures Universelles

Demand for F.P. Journe wristwatches continue to soar, highlighted by:

F.P. Journe wristwatches

All Patek Philippe contemporary masterpieces from The Kairos Collection Part II found buyers, including the following highlights:

The Kairos Collection Part II

 

Christie’s Geneva Rare Watches Auction 09 May 2022 – Results

Christie’s Geneva Rare Watches Auction on 9th May this year achieved a total of CHF 23,840,700 / US$ 24,076,357 / HK$ 188,172,624. It attracted very strong global participation with registrants from 46 countries across 6 continents. Surprisingly, 51% of the new registrants were millennials.

16 world records were broken, with Daytonas remaining the ‘Queens’ of the game. A particular note was the success of the Rolex Daytona Trilogy. The top achiever among them was the Rolex Daytona Ref 6269 ‘Jack of Diamonds’, which achieved a whopping 1.614 million Swiss francs.

Rolex Daytona Ref 6269 'Jack of Diamonds'
Lot 38: Rolex Daytona Ref 6269 ‘Jack of Diamonds’

Cartier also showed a very strong desirability, with iconic models like the Crash reaching 819’000 CHF.

Top 15 Lots

(1) Lot 38: Rolex Daytona Ref 6269 ‘Jack of Diamonds’

  • Estimate: CHF 1,100,000
  • Achieved: CHF 1.614 million

(2) Lot 129: Rolex Paul Newman Tropical Lemon Daytona Ref. 6264

  • Estimate: CHF 900,000
  • Achieved: CHF 1.254 million

(3) Lot 128: Rolex Daytona ref. 6241 ‘Champagne Paul Newman dial’

  • Estimate: CHF 700,000
  • Achieved: CHF 1,071,000

(4) Lot 66: Patek Philippe “Cathedral” Minute Repeating Perpetual Calendar Ref. 5074R-001, Retailed by Tiffany & Co. Property from the Kairos Collection

  • Estimate: CHF 330,000
  • Achieved: CHF 957,600

(5) Lot 133: Cartier London ‘Crash’ 1990

  • Estimate: CHF 180,000
  • Achieved: CHF 819,000

(6) Lot 94: Patek Philippe Aquanaut Travel Time Advanced Research Ref. 5650G-001

  • Estimate: CHF 150’000
  • Achieved: CHF 756,000

(7) Lot 110: Patek Philippe Nautilus Platinum Watch with Baguette Diamond-set Bezel and Dial Ref. 5711

  • Estimate: CHF 500,000
  • Achieved: CHF 630,000

(8) Lot 24: Rolex Oyster Cosmograph Ref. 6263 Tropical ‘Paul Newman Panda Dial’

  • Estimate: 400,000
  • Achieved: CHF 579,600

(9) Lot 65: Patek Philippe Limited Edition 18K Pink Gold Split-Seconds Chronograph with Black Dial, Ref. 5959R-001, Retailed by Tiffany & Co.

  • Estimate: CHF 140,000 – CHF 230,000
  • Achieved: CHF 453,600

(10) Lot 151: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ Extra-Thin with Platinum Case and Smoked Green Sunburst Dial, Ref. 15202PT

  • Estimate: CHF 300,000 – CHF 500,000
  • Achieved: CHF 441,000

(11) Lot 152: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak White Ceramic Perpetual Calendar with Blue dial, Ref. 26579CB

  • Estimate: CHF 250,000 – CHF 450,000
  • Achieved: CHF 403,200

(12) Lot 157: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar with Stainless Steel Case and Salmon Color Dial, Ref. 25654ST

  • Estimate: CHF 150,000 – CHF 250,000
  • Achieved: CHF 340,200

(13) Lot 88: Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph with Moon Phases and 24 Hour Indication, Platinum Case and Black Dial, Ref. 5970P-001

  • Estimate: CHF 140,000 – CHF 230,000
  • Achieved: CHF 327,600

(14) Lot 149: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Model with 18K White Gold Case and Tropical Diamond set Dial, Ref. 5402BC, Circa 1977

  • Estimate: CHF 200,000 – CHF 400,000
  • Achieved: CHF 327,600

(15) Lot 109: Patek Philippe Nautilus, 42mm Stainless Steel Automatic Watch with Date, Moon-Phase and Power Reserve Indications, Ref. 5712/1A-001, Retailed By Tiffany & Co.

  • Estimate: CHF 120,000 – CHF 250,000
  • Achieved: CHF 277,200

Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo Achieves CHF 22.3 Million in the Royal Oak 50th Sale

Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo achieved a total of CHF 22,303,780/ $22,616,032/ €21,538,760 in The Royal Oak 50th Sale on 6 May – a white glove sale that more than tripled its pre-sale low estimate of CHF 6.8 million.

The sale took place on Friday, 6 May, in Geneva, and offered 88 tightly curated lots. The sale precedes The Geneva Watch Auction: XV, which follows on Saturday and Sunday 7-8 May 2022. The majority of lots soared above their high estimates, including several record-breaking watches.

Collectors from across 54 countries joined the auction, and online participation continued to increase exponentially, with more than 1000 online registered bidders. This resulted in half of the lots presented in the Royal Oak 50th selling to online bidders, with 430 watch aficionados participating in person in the saleroom.

The impressive and highly anticipated star-lot, a Royal Oak reference 5402ST A2the second Royal Oak ever made – added extra fervor to the bidding. The watch was one of the four Royal Oak models presented to the press and public at the opening of the Basel watch fair in 1972.

Royal Oak reference 5402ST A2
Royal Oak reference 5402ST A2

During the auction, it eventually surpassed the CHF 1 million mark realizing CHF 1,058,500, therefore selling five times its pre-sale low estimate.

Another impressive result was achieved by the Royal Oak perpetual calendar in platinum, reference 25654PT with copper brown dial, and double-signed by Asprey realized CHF 1,022,200, doubling its pre-sale high estimate.

An icon probably worn by an icon, The Lagerfeld Royal Oak reference 5402ST, a very distinctively blackened stainless-steel Royal Oak Jumbo model, fetched CHF 937,500. The watch, in all likelihood, was bought in Italy in 1974 and is understood to have been worn by the famous German designer, creative director, fashion designer and artist, Karl Lagerfeld.

Finally, another remarkable result was achieved by the Royal Oak “Tuscan” Jubilée ref. 14802P limited edition platinum wristwatch with blue Tuscan dial, date, bracelet, made to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the model, which eventually sold for CHF 804,400.

Top Ten Lots of the Royal Oak 50th

Lot 8: Audemars Piguet Ref. 5402ST Royal Oak A series, “The A2” – An historically important and extremely well-preserved stainless-steel wristwatch with date, bracelet, box and certificate of origin.

Royal Oak reference 5402ST A2

  • Estimate: CHF 200,000-400,000
  • Achieved: CHF 1,058,500/ $ 1,073,319/ € 1,022,193 (world record for a vintage Royal Oak ever at auction)

Lot 40: Audemars Piguet Ref. 25654PT Royal Oak – An extremely rare and attractive platinum perpetual calendar wristwatch with brown dial, bracelet, certificate and box retailed by Asprey bearing N0. 1.

Audemars Piguet Ref. 25654PT Royal Oak

  • Estimate: CHF 250,000-500,000
  • Achieved: CHF 1,022,200/ $1,036,511/ € 987,138 (World record for any perpetual calendar Royal Oak)

Lot 88: Audemars Piguet Ref. 5402ST Royal Oak Jumbo “Karl Lagerfeld” – A very distinctive blackened stainless-steel wristwatch with date and bracelet.

Audemars Piguet Ref. 5402ST Royal Oak Jumbo Karl Lagerfeld

  • Estimate: CHF 100,000-200,000
  • Achieved: CHF 937,500/ $ 950,625/ € 905,343

Lot 10: Audemars Piguet Ref. 14802PT Royal Oak “Tuscan” Jubilée – An extremely attractive limited edition platinum wristwatch with blue Tuscan dial, date, bracelet, made to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the model.

Audemars Piguet Ref. 14802PT Royal Oak Tuscan Jubilée