Christie’s Important Watches New York Auction, 08 Dec 2022: Results

Held on 8th December 2022, the Christie’s New York Important Watches auction achieved a total amount of $6,768,720.

The sale celebrated fine vintage and modern horological masterpieces from the world’s most reputable and desirable brands, attracted new generation bidders including Millennials and Gen Z from a total of 32 Countries globally, with 23% of registrants new to Christie’s.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Titanium Minute Repeating Supersonnerie
Lot 113 – Audemars Piguet, Ref. 26591TI.OO.1252TI.02, Royal Oak, Titanium Minute Repeating Supersonnerie Bracelet Watch, limited to 35 examples/Image credit: Christie’s

The top lot of the sale was a very rare and attractive Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Titanium Minute Repeating Supersonnerie Bracelet Watch, limited to 35 examples, which achieved $466,200.

A rare Patek Philippe Nautilus “Green Dial” Steel bracelet watch achieved $352,800. Rounding out the sale a spectacular Patek Philippe 18K Rose Gold Wristwatch with Cloisonne Enamel Dial, sold for $252,000.

Top performing lots that achieved prices above $100,000

  • Lot 113: Audemars Piguet, Ref. 26591TI.OO.1252TI.02, Royal Oak Titanium Minute Repeating Supersonnerie Bracelet Watch, Limited to 35 examples – $466,200

  • Lot 22: Patek Philippe, Ref. 5711/1A-014, Nautilus “Green Dial” Steel Bracelet Watch with Date – $352,800

  • Lot 99: Richard Mille, Ref. RM67-02, Alexander Zverev, Tonneau-Shaped Wristwatch, Number 297 in a limited edition of 497 examples – $296,100

  • Lot 108: Patek Philippe, Ref. 3700/4, Nautilus 18k Yellow Gold and Diamond-Set Bracelet Watch with Date – $277,200

  • Lot 46: Patek Philippe, 18k Rose Gold Wristwatch with Cloisonné Enamel Dial – $252,000

  • Lot 117: Patek Philippe, Ref. 5270P-014, Platinum Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Wristwatch with Moon Phases, Leap Year, Day/Night Indicator, and Green Dial – $239,400

  • Lot 71: Rolex, REF. 6264, Daytona 14K Yellow Gold Chronograph Wristwatch with Champagne Dial – $214,200

  • Lot 106: Patek Philippe, Ref. 5990/1A-001, Nautilus Steel Travel Time Flyback Chronograph Bracelet Watch with Date and Day/Night Indicators, signed and retailed by Tiffany & Co. – $201,600

  • Lot 111: Audemars Piguet, Ref. 25686PR.OO.0944PR.01, Royal Oak Platinum and 18k Rose Gold Perpetual Calendar Bracelet Watch with Moon Phases, numbered 18 out of 37 examples – $182,700

  • Lot 105: Patek Philippe, Ref. 5712/1A-001, Nautilus Steel Bracelet Watch with Power Reserve, Moon Phases, and Date, signed and retailed by Tiffany & Co. – $176,400

  • Lot 39: Vacheron Constantin, Patrimony, Ref. 30110/000P-B108, Platinum Minute Repeater Wristwatch, Number 2 in a limited edition of 10 examples – $163,800

  • Lot 107: Patek Philippe, Ref. 5711/1A-010, Nautilus Steel Bracelet Watch with Date, signed and retailed by Tiffany & Co. – $151,200

  • Lot 112: Audemars Piguet, Ref. 25810OR.0.0944OR.01, Royal Oak, Quantieme Perpetual “120 Years”, 18K Rose Gold Perpetual Calendar Bracelet Watch with Moon Phases and Week Indicator, limited to 120 examples – $144,900

  • Lot 54: Piaget, Ref. 91322, Galaxy, 18K Yellow Gold and Diamond-Set Bracelet Watch – $138,600

  • Lot 53: Gerald Genta, Ref. G.4103.K, Success, 18K White Gold, Diamond, and Sapphire-Set Minute Repeater Wristwatch – $126,000

  • Lot 62: Rolex, Ref. 116758SR, GMT-Master II, “SARU”, 18K Yellow Gold, Diamond, and Gem-Set Gmt Wristwatch with Date – $119,700

  • Lot 85: Patek Philippe, Ref. 5711/1R-001, Nautilus 18K Rose Gold Bracelet Watch with Date – $113,400

  • Lot 44: Patek Philippe, Ref. 591, 18K Rose Gold Chronograph Wristwatch with Pink Dial – $107,100

  • Lot 16: Rolex, Ref. 116506, Daytona Platinum Chronograph Wristwatch with “Ice Blue” Dial – $100,800

  • Lot 115: Patek Philippe, Ref. 5270G-001, 18K White Gold Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Wristwatch with Moon Phases, Leap Year, and Day/Night Indicator – $100,800

Christie’s Watches Online: The New York Edit, 29 Nov to 13 Dec 2022 – Results

Christie’s Watches Online The New York Edit auction held between 29th November and 13th December achieved a total of $1,344,168 with 85% sold by lot and 105% hammer above low estimate. There was global participation with bidders from 31 countries and over 36% new registrants, and a total of 37% of Millennials buyers and bidders.

Parmigiani Fleurier Toric 18k Yellow Gold Minute Repeater Ref. PF000481
Lot 274: Parmigiani Fleurier Toric 18k Yellow Gold Minute Repeater Ref. PF000481

Leading the sale was a Parmigiani Fleurier minute repeater watch in 18k yellow gold, which sold for $63,000. The sale also achieved notable results for a Patek Philippe an 18k yellow gold Perpetual Calendar, with Moon Phases which achieved $60,480 and a Cartier Travel Clock in Yellow Gold and Enamel, which achieved seven times its low estimate and sold for $44,100.

Patek Philippe Ref. 3940 18k Yellow Gold Perpetual Calendar
Lot 217: Patek Philippe Ref. 3940 18k Yellow Gold Perpetual Calendar

Other strong results were achieved for Parmigiani Fleurier, Toric Nubia 18k Rose Gold wristwatch with date which realized $44,100; a steel Rolex retailed by Tiffany & Co. sold for $40,320; Rolex Daytona “Zenith” 18k yellow gold chronograph wristwatch which achieved $40,320.

Rolex Daytona “Zenith” 18k yellow gold chronograph
Lot 216: Rolex Daytona “Zenith” 18k yellow gold chronograph

Top ten achievers

  • Lot 274: Parmigiani Fleurier, Ref. PF000481, Toric 18k Yellow Gold Minute Repeater Wristwatch with Subsidiary Seconds, Piece Unique – Price Realized $63,000.
  • Lot 217: Patek Philippe, Ref. 3940 18k Yellow Gold Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch with Moon Phases and 24 Hour Indicator – Price Realized $60,480.
  • Lot 249: Cartier 18k Yellow Gold and Enamel “Shutter” Travel Clock – Price Realized $44,100.
  • Lot 273: Parmigiani Fleurier, Piece Unique, Ref. Pf000481, Toric Nubia 18k Rose Gold Wristwatch with Date – Price Realized: $44,100.
  • Lot 201: Rolex Ref. 1016, Explorer Steel Wristwatch, Retailed By Tiffany & Co. – Price Realized: $40,320.
  • Lot 216: Rolex, Ref. 16528, Daytona “Zenith” 18K Yellow Gold Chronograph – Price Realized: $40,320.
  • Lot 205: Rolex, Ref. 1665, Sea-Dweller, “Double Red” Steel Diver’s Wristwatch with Date – Price Realized: $32,760.
  • Lot 202: Audemars Piguet, Ref. 26120ST.OO.1220ST.03, Royal Oak Steel Dual-Time Bracelet Watch with Date, Day/Night Indicator and Power Reserve, Numbered “1234” – Price Realized: $30,240.
  • Lot 268: Patek Philippe, Ref. 3584/1, Ellipse 18k White Gold and Diamond-Set Bracelet Watch – Price Realized: $25,200.

 

Christie’s Watches Hong Kong Auctions Autumn 2022 Results – Top Lots

This past weekend, Christie’s Hong Kong realised a combined sale total exceeding HK$202 million / US$26 million / EUR 25 million, marking the second consecutive year for Christie’s Asia of exceeding an annual sale total of HK$500 million(US$ 64 million / EUR 61.9 million) in watch sales.

The auction saw strong global participation from 40 countries; 55% of new buyers are millennials. The Important Watches featuring The Triazza Collection, Part I achieved a total sale of HK$121,822,260 / US$15.6 million / EUR 15.1 million. The Champion Collection, Part VI: The Finest Watchmaking achieved a total sale of HK$80,356,741/US$10.3 million / EUR 9.9 million

The impressive results achieved by ‘Métiers d’Art’ pieces that elevate a craft to the level of art, especially that of enamelling, testify to the growing desirability of timepieces that uniquely combine mechanical perfection and sublime artistry.

Patek Philippe Ref.5208P-001 Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
Patek Philippe Ref.5208P-001 Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

Also, the two world records set by Patek Philippe, with the Ref.5208P-001minute repeater perpetual calendar chronograph in platinum fetching more than HK$ 10 million (US$ 1.2 million / EUR 1.2 million) as the top lot of the sale, and the Ref. 5073P-001, a minute repeater perpetual calendar set with baguette-cut diamonds achieving over HK$ 13.6 million (close to US 1.3 million /close to EUR 1.7 million).

The Champion Collection is a testament to the determination and dedication it takes to bring pieces together and curate them into a living entity, always evolving and growing to reflect the personality of its owner.

Here are the world record-breaking results and highlights from The Champion Collection, Part VI:

  • Lot 2282: Patek Philippe: An important and highly complicated automatic minute repeating, instantaneous perpetual calendar single-button chronograph wristwatch with moon phases, leap year and day/night indications. Ref. 5208P-001. Circa 2014. Price realised: HK$10,050,000/ US$1,292,600. World Record.
  • Lot 2258: An extremely rare, limited edition ladies Patek Philippe automatic World Time: 18k rose gold with diamond-set bezel and cloisonné enameldial depicting Lake Geneva commemorating the Maison’s 175th anniversary. Ref. 7131/175R. Circa 2015. Price realised: HK$2,772,000 US$356,526. World Record.
  • Lot 2259: A very rare 18k white gold limited edition automatic Patek Philippe; cloisonné enamel dial by Anita Porchet with a lateen sailboat on Lake Geneva to commemorate the 175th anniversary of Patek Philippe. Ref. 5089G-037. Circa 2015. Price realised: HK$2,016,000/ US$259,292. World Record.
  • Lot 2268: A platinum limited edition automatic Patek Philippe with a cloisonné enamel dial by Anita Porchet featuring a butterfly. Ref. 5077P-015. Circa 2009. Price realised: HK 1,638,000/US$210,674. World Record.
  • Lot 2279: A very rare and elegant 18k white gold minute repeating Patek Philippe tourbillon wristwatch with black enamel dial and Breguet numerals. Ref. 5539G-001 .Circa 2014. Price realised: HK$5,040,000 / US$646,102. World Record.

Here is a selection of the sale highlights from Important Watches featuring The Triazza Collection, Part I. All 218 lots offered at auction were sold.

  • Lot 2519: Extremely rare and magnificent, a platinum and baguette-cut diamond-set automatic “cathedral” minute repeating perpetual calendar Patek Philippe with moon phases, 24-hour and leap year indications. Ref. 5073P-001. Circa 2014. Price Realised: HK$13,650,000 / US$1,755,622. World Record.
  • Lot 2523: An extremely rare, limited edition ladies Patek Philippe automatic World Time: 18k rose gold with diamond-set bezel and cloisonné enameldial depicting Lake Geneva commemorating the Maison’s 175th anniversary. Ref. 7131/175R. Circa 2015. Price realised: HK$7,812,000 US$1,004,756.
  • Lot 2522: Possibly unique and historically important 18k gold tourbillon keyless Patek Philippe pocket watch from 1924 with white enamel dial, Breguet hands and numerals, with antimagnetic observatory contest case and sector-dial. First Prize at the Geneva Observatory contest in 1931. Price realised: HK$5,922,000/ US$761,670.
  • Lot 2419: F.P. Journe, a rare 18k rose gold and silver limited edition tourbillon wrist-watch with gilt brass movement; made to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the famed Maison. Only 99 pieces were produced. Circa 2014. Price realized: HK 3,024,000/ US$388,937.
  • Lot 2313: A very rare 18k white gold, diamond and sapphire-set Rolex Daytona automatic chronograph wrist-watch. Ref. 116589. Price realised: HK$2,268,000 / US$291,703.
  • Lot 2369: Cartier, a rarely seen asymmetrical wristwatch “Crash” model in platinum with manual movement and silvered dial signed “Paris”. Price realised: HK$2,646,000 / US$340,320

Christie’s New York Important Watches Live Auction 8 December 2022 – Highlights

Following the success of the auction held in New York this past June, which totaled US$21,743,070, Christie’s presents the New York Important Watches on December 8th. This will be a Live Auction comprising 117 lots, featuring fine vintage and modern horological masterpieces from the world’s most reputable and desirable brands.

Vintage highlights from Patek Philippe include a very rare and attractive 18k rose gold wristwatch with a captivating cloisonné enamel dial featuring a Viking longship, manufactured in 1950, and an extraordinarily rare 18k yellow gold Nautilus Ref. 3700 with a diamond-set bezel from 1980.

Other classic treasures include an attractive 18k gold Rolex Daytona Ref. 6265 along with one of the rarest sport watches produced by Tudor, the “Big Crown” Reference 7924, which was in production for one year only between 1958 and 1959.

More modern timepieces include a number of Patek Philippe desirable green dial references: the striking grande complication 5270P-014 and the Nautilus 5711-014. There will also be a limited-edition Richard Mille Ref. RM67-02 “Alexander Zverev” as well as a Vacheron Constantin platinum minute repeating wristwatch, which was produced in a limited edition of only 10 examples.

Moreover, the sale will present a Single Owner collection of highly desirable Patek Philippe references retailed by Tiffany & Co. as well as a selection of very attractive and rare skeleton, gem and diamond-set, or hardstone dial timepieces.

New York Important Watches – Top Lots

Lot 113: Audemars Piguet Ref. 26591TI.OO.1252TI.02, Royal Oak. A very fine and extremely rare titanium minute repeater supersonnerie wristwatch, limited to 35 examples.

Audemars Piguet reference 26591TI is one of the most impressive and rare timepieces from the contemporary Royal Oak family. Released without fanfare in 2021 in only 35 examples, this model of the iconic Royal Oak has been crafted in a large 42mm case with a beautiful salmon tapisserie dial. With its large case and bracelet, one would expect a heavy presence on the wrist.

AUDEMARS PIGUET, RF. 26591TI.OO.1252TI.02, ROYAL OAK, TITANIUM MINUTE REPEATING SUPERSONNERIE BRACELET WATCH, LIMITED TO 35 EXAMPLES

This timepiece weighs at a mere 124 grams thanks to its titanium construction. Furthermore, a minute repeating supersonnerie has been integrated in the timepiece. The titanium case gives the complication’s chime a unique tonal resonance.

Estimate: US$350,000-550,000

Lot 46: Patek Philippe. A very fine, rare and attractive 18k rose gold wristwatch with cloisonné enamel dial, manufactured in 1950.

Wristwatches fitted with cloisonné enamel dials take a most prominent position in terms of beauty, craftsmanship, and rarity. Produced mostly in the 1940s and 50s, Patek Philippe made an exceedingly small number of “time only” wristwatches where highly detailed and incredibly artistic cloisonné enamel dials were fitted.

Only an extremely small number of watches were upgraded with these wonderful dials, depicting popular motifs such as a jungle, a lighthouse and sail boats, flowers, portraits, and maps.

 PATEK PHILIPPE, A VERY FINE, RARE AND ATTRACTIVE 18K ROSE GOLD WRISTWATCH WITH CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL DIAL

The present dial was crafted to special order in 1950, and was, most likely, originally delivered to France, to be housed in a French-manufactured case.

After World War II, this was quite common practice in alignment with the post-war economic effort. Importing foreign jewellery was prohibited in France, so many Swiss makers had their cases made in France, often after their own Swiss model.

Given these constraints, Patek Philippe worked closely with French firms such as Guillermin, providing dials and movements under the agreement that Patek Philippe standards would be upheld.

This watch was sold previously at Christie’s in 2005 and has remained well-preserved with the present consignor.

Today, most of the vintage wristwatches by Patek Philippe fitted with cloisonné enamel dials are either in the world’s most important and exclusive private collections, or permanently showcased in the firm’s museum in Geneva.

Estimate: US$200,000-400,000

Lot 108: Patek Philippe Ref. 3700, Nautilus. An extremely rare and attractive 18k yellow gold and diamond-set bracelet watch with date. Manufactured in 1980.

The present lot may be one of the rarest Nautilus watches to exist. According to research, this watch is the second reference 3700/4 to ever appear at auction.

PATEK PHILIPPE, REF. 37004, NAUTILUS, AN EXTREMELY RARE AND ATTRACTIVE 18K YELLOW GOLD AND DIAMOND-SET BRACELET WATCH WITH DATE

In addition to the present lot’s rarity with a well- preserved case and bracelet crafted from 18k yellow gold, the bezel is factory embellished with 72 glamorous diamonds. Typically, stones are set directly on top of the bezel, but reference 3700/4 has them placed on the outer bevel.

Estimate: US$230,000-330,000

Lot 72: Rolex Ref. 6265, Daytona. A very fine and rare 18k yellow gold chronograph wristwatch. Manufactured in 1981.

Four-digit Rolex Daytona’s are some of the most desirable and collectible wristwatches, and reference 6265 is no exception. The timepiece is constructed from 18k yellow gold and has a screw-down crown and pushers to ensure a water-tight seal.

The watch has a matte black dial and gold registers that complement the 18k yellow gold case. This gold and black combination provides a striking, beautiful contrast.

ROLEX, REF. 6265, DAYTONA, A VERY FINE AND RARE 18K YELLOW GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH

Another interesting and distinctive feature about Reference 6265 is the “Oyster” text below Rolex. It is in larger type and “Perpetual” is absent because the watch is manually wound. The sporty 18k yellow gold case measures 37mm in diameter.

Estimate: US$160,000-260,000

Lot 67 – Tudor “Big Crown” Reference 7924.This reference was manufactured only in 1958 and 1959.

With serial numbers ranging from 275XXX to 295XXX, reference 7924 is an exceptionally rare watch and a grail among vintage watch collectors worldwide. Reference 7924 was Tudor’s most capable dive watch in the late 1950’s thank to its thick, robust, stainless steel case and oversized 8mm crown.

TUDOR, REF. 7924, SUBMARINER “BIG CROWN”, A VERY FINE AND RARE STEEL WRISTWATCH

Rated to 200 meters/660 feet, the 7924 was the brand’s offering alongside Rolex Reference 6538 and Reference 5510. In fact, aside from the movement and dial, Tudor reference 7924 is identical to its iconic Rolex “Big Crown” brothers.

The present lot reference is the only vintage big crown produced in a series by Tudor. It is also the last “No Crown Guard” 200 meter depth rated dive watch made by the brand.

Estimate: US$60,000-100,000

Lot 22: Patek Philippe Ref. 5711/1A-014, Nautilus. A very rare and highly desirable green dial, steel bracelet watch with date.

The present lot, reference 5711/1A-014, commemorates the final “victory lap” of the Nautilus Reference 5711. It is the last steel 5711 and it was produced only for one year in very limited numbers, already makes this an extremely exclusive watch.

What differentiates the reference 5711/1A-014 is the olive green dial: It is the only Nautilus to sport a dial in this very subtle green tone.

Patek Philippe Ref. 57111A-014, Nautilus.

The case has a standard three-part construction rather than the original monobloc case, allowing for easier serviceability and a sapphire case back to view the in-house Calibre324 S C. The timepiece has a date complication with white gold hands and hour markers.

Estimate: US$200,000-400,000

Lot 117: Patek Philippe Ref. 5270P-014. A very fine and rare platinum perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases, leap year, day/night indicator, and green dial.

From enthusiasts to collectors alike, all eyes were captured at Baselworld 2011 with the introduction of Patek Philippe reference 5270. The timepiece marked the latest iteration from the legendary Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph family that began with Reference 1518 in 1941.

Reference 5270 sets itself apart from its predecessor (Ref. 5970) with a case diameter increased to 41mm and a case thickness decreased by 1mm. The in-house Calibre CH 29-535 PS Q’s additional complication of a day/night indicator further highlights the engineering prowess. The subsidiary registers are, quite playfully, lowered just below the central axis.

PATEK PHILIPPE, REF. 5270P-014, PLATINUM PERPETUAL CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES, LEAP YEAR, DAYNIGHT INDICATOR, AND GREEN DIAL

The present lot, reference 5270P-014, is among the latest 2022 releases from the perpetual calendar chronograph family. Besides the bold and beautiful green dial, Patek Philippe has opted for a new style of pointed dauphine-style hands; broad and faceted, they resemble the hour markers on the dial. The outer tachymeter scale has also been omitted in favour of a “sporty” minute ring that gives the watch a cleaner aesthetic.

Estimate: US$200,000-330,000

Lot 99: Richard Mille Ref. RM67-02 “Alexander Zverev”. A very fine and rare tonneau-shaped wristwatch, number 297 in a limited edition of 497 examples.

Made to withstand the forces produced in high-intensity activities, the Richard Mille RM67-02 collection includes the perfect watches for super athletes. The present lot was made in collaboration with German tennis superstar Alexander Zverev who personally wears this model while playing tennis. It is distinguished by the use of red and gold accents in the mid case, echoing the colours found on the flag of Germany.

 RICHARD MILLE, REF. RM67-02, AEXANDER ZVEREV, A VERY FINE AND RARE TONNEAU-SHAPED WRISTWATCH, NUMBER 297 IN A LIMITED EDITION OF 497 EXAMPLES

The present timepiece has a comfortable thickness of 7.8mm and an impressive weight of only 32 grams, which includes the strap. It is the lightest strap the brand has ever produced.

The incredible feather-light weight can be attributed to the patented Carbon and Quartz TPT (Thin Ply Technology) and titanium used to create the case. The rotor of the automatic-winding calibre is visible through the skeletonised movement. The watch comes with a seamless elastic stretch strap.

Estimate: US$180,000-350,000

Lot 79: F.P. Journe, Octa Réserve de Marche. A very rare and early 18k rose gold wristwatch with date, power reserve, and brass movement.

Introduced in 2001, the Octa Réserve de Marche was F.P. Journe’s first automatic wristwatch following the legendary Tourbillion and Résonance. During the 2001-2014 production period of the Octa Réserve de Marche, approximately 800 pieces were created, making this an extremely rare and coveted timepiece.

F.P. JOURNE , OCTA RÉSERVE DE MARCHE, A VERY RARE AND EARLY 18K ROSE GOLD WRISTWATCH WITH DATE, POWER RESERVE, AND BRASS MOVEMENT

The present lot’s collectability is furthered by a brass movement that is only found in Journe’s earliest work; it is quite distinct from the contemporary red gold movements which have since become synonymous with the brand.

The dial has begun to develop a light patina, which is normal and highly desirable in Journe’s earliest work. This is due, at the time, to the work-in-progress in mastering dial lacquering. The present lot has a 38mm yellow gold case.

Estimate: US$120,000-220,000

A collection of Patek Philippe Watches retailed by Tiffany & Co.

The sale will be hosting a Single Owner collection of highly desirable Patek Philippe references retailed by Tiffany &Co.

Lot 106 – Patek Philippe Ref. 5990/1A-001, Nautilus. A very rare steel travel time flyback chronograph bracelet watch with date and day/night indicators, signed and retailed by Tiffany &Co.

Introduced in 1976, the design of the Patek Philippe Nautilus was inspired by a ship’s portholes. The original reference 3700 was constructed with a monobloc case, replicating the way portholes were opened on vessels.

The present lot, reference 5990/1A-001, dates to 2018. It is one of the most functional watches from the Nautilus line, and greatly favoured by collectors.

The watch features a travel time function with disguised pushers that are found in the left “ear” of the case. The pushers adjust a second time zone hand that can be jumped forwards and backwards by the hour. An ingenious touch: When a second time zone is not necessary, that hand can be discreetly tucked out of sight behind the primary hour hand.

The watch also features day/night indicators to correspond with the hands. The case of this complicated wristwatch measures in at 40.5mm and is crafted from steel. The iconic “Tiffany & Co.” signature is subtly placed near the 6 o’clock register.

Estimate: US$150,000-250,000

 

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.

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.

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

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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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

Christie’s Watches Online: The Geneva Edit, 3 – 17 May 2022 – Highlights

Christie’s Watches Geneva presents Watches Online: The Geneva Edit, a curated selection of eye-catching timepieces, including the most coveted modern icons.

In pole position for this Online Sale, which will take place from 3 to 17 May, is a stunning Richard Mille RM 11-03 Automatic Flyback Chronograph in titanium. Considered to be a must-have in collections of contemporary modern sports timepieces, this Richard Mille reference with its yellow rubber bracelet will not fail to seduce bidders.

This year, Christie’s Geneva is also celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Audemars Piguet’s iconic Royal Oak design with a stunning curation of these legends, among which features No. A 1690 of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak ‘A-series’ with tropical dial Ref. 5402ST.

During the auction, a number of Patek Philippe ‘Nautilus’ watches will be offered, including Ref. 5711/1R-001 Brown Dragon, Ref. 5712/1A and Ref. 5980/1R Chronograph.

Another highlight of this auction is a Rolex ‘Day-Date’ Ref. 1807 specially made for Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said of Oman, with a particularly attractive case and bracelet finish, and the striking red signature.

Top Lots

Richard Mille RM11-03 Automatic Flyback Chronograph in Titanium

Replacing the RM 11, which was launched in 2007, this RM 11-03 Automatic Chronograph with flyback function, from circa 2019, is highly characteristic of the Maison’s horological DNA.

Inspired by the world of motor racing, the Richard Mille RM 11-03, with its tonneau-shaped titanium case, borrows several codes that make it one of the sportiest models in the catalogue.

Richard Mille RM11-03 Automatic Flyback Chronograph in Titanium

A transparent sapphire crystal case back which allows the wearer to view the movement within the watch: The RMAC3 Calibre with automatic winding movement, offers analogue time function, flyback chronograph, 60-minute countdown timer and oversized date display. It has a skeletonised dial with raised yellow-dotted hour markers and Arabic numerals.

A tachymeter scale circles the dial near the bezel in a green font and a small seconds sub-dial, there is a date aperture between the 4 and 5 o’clock position, and the current year aperture under the 12 o’clock position. Its two mainspring barrels are mounted side-by-side to ensure stable coupling and provide up to 55 hours of power reserve.

Estimate: CHF260,000-400,000

Patek Philippe pink gold ‘Nautilus’ Ref. 5980/1R Chronograph, circa 2015

Making its debut in 2006, the Patek Philippe Nautilus reference 5980 was introduced on the occasion of the Basel Fair during the 30th anniversary of the iconic reference 3700/1 designed by Gérald Genta. As a vital complication of a sports watch, it is equipped with a chronograph function and the renowned “bull’s eye” subsidiary dial.

Patek Philippe pink gold 'Nautilus' Ref. 59801R Chronograph, circa 2015

First seen on reference 5960, this design has captivated the heart of collectors by showcasing the hours in the inner part of the dial and minutes on the outer ring.
Reference 5980 is fitted with Patek Philippe’s entirely in-house made chronograph calibre 28-520 C.

The calibre 28-520 C was originally created for the reference 5960, Patek Philippe’s first self-winding chronograph with annual calendar, it was later adjusted for reference 5980 without the date display.

Estimate: CHF220,000-320,000

Patek Philippe pink gold ‘Nautilus’ Ref. 5711/1R-001 Brown Dragon

The present reference 5711/1R-001 is one of the most coveted timepieces of Patek Philippe’s contemporary production.

Launched in 2006 and paying tribute to the iconic Nautilus reference 3700 designed by Gérald Genta in 1976, the reference 5711 was crafted with a three part case of slightly larger thickness, one millimetre wider than the reference 3700, to which it is practically identical on an aesthetical level, but featuring a sapphire display back revealing the caliber 324 S C. Now with a sweep centre seconds mechanism added to the date function, the model quickly focused the attention of Patek Philippe collectors, it is highly sought after and considered as a must-have within contemporary collections.

Patek Philippe pink gold 'Nautilus' Ref. 57111R-001 Brown Dragon

This Nautilus 5711/1R-001 bears the original 1976 design and features a very attractive “chocolate” colored dial.

Estimate: CHF220,000-320,000

Patek Philippe steel ‘Nautilus’ Ref. 5712/1A

The present model (from circa 2015) is the cousin of the “5711” collection, released at the same time, under reference 5712/1A, noticeable at first glance with its beautiful moon phase and power-reserve indicator on a blue dial. Equally popular, it is a very chic and sporty model, a showstopper. It has a stainless steel 40mm Nautilus case with a beautiful satin brushed bezel.

Patek Philippe steel 'Nautilus' Ref. 5712-1A

Reference 5712 perfectly symbolises the timeless Nautilus design and its masculine elegance. This very sought-after model was released in October 2006 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Nautilus collection, and to replace reference 3712 in production from 2005 to 2006.

Consigned by a refined collector, the present timepiece is offered in very good overall condition.

Estimate: CHF100,000-200,000.

Audemars Piguet, steel ‘Royal Oak A-series’ with tropical dial, Ref. 5402ST, No. 1690

An iconic model of the Audemars Piguet Manufacture, the Royal Oak “A-series” can be considered one of the most collectible luxury sport timepieces. In fact, the Royal Oak was the first true luxury sports watch.

The present watch is part of the first 2,000 “A-series” Royal Oaks ever created, with the serial number “A 1690”, the 1,690th Royal Oak of the inaugural series. Initially, only 1,000 watches were to be made, an ambitious target for a timepiece which was at the time the most expensive steel sportswatch and did not sell very well. Eventually it became successful, they sold out and production was increased to 2,000.

Audemars Piguet, steel ‘Royal Oak A-series' with tropical dial, Ref. 5402ST

After the “A-series” sold out, they progressed on to the “B” series, “C” series, and so on. The present watch sports an original “A-series” dial, with the AP logo above the 6 o’clock index, and reads “Swiss” below.

With its attractive dial and stainless steel-case of strong proportions, the present watch is an outstanding example of the iconic design that set a milestone in watchmaking history as the initial “sport elegance” watch.

Estimate: CHF60,000-120,000.

Rolex Ref. 1807, Made for Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said of Oman

This 18k yellow gold Rolex Day-Date automatic wristwatch Ref. 1807 was made for Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said of Oman. The late Sultan Gaboos Bin Said al Said ordered several timepieces from Rolex to gift to his close associates, ministers, diplomats, and other senior officials of the Sultanate.

ROLEX, YELLOW GOLD 'DAY-DATE' MADE FOR SULTAN QABOOS BIN SAID AL SAID, REF. 1807

This Ref. 1807 example is one of them. Made in circa 1974, it is particularly attractive for its case and bracelet finish, which is reminiscent of wood bark, as well as its matt black dial, and the Sultan’s name printed in compelling red above the standard “Superlative Chronometer” certification at six o’clock.

Estimate: CHF40,000-60,000.

Auction Summary

  • Auction name: The Geneva Edit
  • Type of auction: Online sale
  • Date: 3 – 17 May 2022
  • Number of lots: 251 lots
  • Total low estimate: CHF 3-6 million
  • Browse lots: Coming soon

 

Christie’s Watches Hong Kong Auction 24 May 2022 – Highlights

Following “The Champion Collection, Part II: Sport Elegance”, held in early April, Christie’s Hong Kong announces The Champion Collection journey with Part III: The Artistry of Complications, a single owner live sale which will be held on 24 May 2022.

The auction will showcase rare treasures such as the Patek Philippe Ref. 5002 along with several references with special-coloured dials, for instance, a Ref. 5970R, Ref. 5020J, Ref. 5050J and Ref. 5059G. Other examples of Haute Horlogerie will be presented from Vacheron Constantin, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Greubel Forsey and Audemars Piguet.

The same day, 24 May, Christie’s Hong Kong will be holding a second live sale, The Important Watches Sale, which will feature selected pieces from The Kairos Collection, the finest collection of Patek Philippe contemporary timepieces ever to appear at auction.

The selection presented under the Important Watches comprises 30 lots, including the Grandes Complications Ref. 5951P-012 and Ref. 5078R-001.

Among the other most extraordinary timepieces to be presented during this sale: a Patek Philippe Ref. 605HU and a Ref. 1415J, two Lange & Söhne 20th Anniversary Sets, a collection of 10 stunning timepieces by F.P. Journe, as well as limited editions by Maximilian Büsser & Friends LM.

(1) The Champion Collection Part III: The Artistry of Complications

Comprising almost 450 modern and contemporary significant and iconic timepieces by all the major watch brands, this marvellous collection was formed over nearly 20 years by a prominent private collector. The marques represented in The Champion Collection include Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Rolex, Panerai, IWC and Vacheron Constantin.

Christie’s Hong Kong, working closely with the collector, curated the vast array of exceptional timepieces into 6 thematically distinct sales over a period of 12 months. The cycle was off to a flying start last November with The Champion Collection, Part I achieving HK$121 million.

Part II: Sport Elegance opened the 2022 season in Hong Kong with a stunning collection of iconic ‘sport chic’ watches, 120 lots that realised a total of HK$26 million (EUR 3 Millions).

The upcoming Part III: The Artistry of Complications will bookend the first half of the year on 24 May 2022, with 73 lots and a total low estimate set at HK$80 million (EUR 9.5 Millions).

The epic watch sale series will continue to unfold in the second half of 2022, with The Champion Collection, Part IV: The Panerai Encyclopedia – Chapter I comprising 85 Panerai timepieces, and The Champion Collection, Part V: The Panerai Encyclopedia – Final Chapter with a further 83 highly sought-after Panerais coming to auction online.

Concluding the year will be a single owner live sale presenting the series finale, The Champion Collection, Part VI: The Finest Watchmaking, led by 83 timepieces, among which stunning Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin enamel watches.

The top of The Artistry of Complications

Lot 2273 – Patek Philippe Ref. 5002 Sky Moon Tourbillon

Only 7 pieces of this magnificent and highly complicated 18k pink gold double-dial wristwatch are known to exist. With two dials and twelve complications, including a cathédrale minute repeater, tourbillon, perpetual calendar with retrograde date, moon age and angular motion, sidereal time and sky chart.

This exceptional rose gold reference 5002R is one of the rarest versions as a total of only 25 pieces were made – in comparison with 40 pieces each in yellow gold and platinum. To date, only five other examples of the rose gold Sky Moon Tourbillon have returned to the market. Produced between 2001 and 2012 (the rose gold version was introduced in 2002), its technical complexity and brilliance caused a sensation.

Patek Philippe Ref. 5002 Sky Moon Tourbillon
Lot 2273: Patek Philippe Ref. 5002 Sky Moon Tourbillon

This ultra-exclusive Patek Philippe Grande Complication is presented in superlative condition with a full set of accessories and the impeccable provenance of The Champion Collection, one of the world’s greatest.

The reference 5002 Sky Moon Tourbillon holds a very special place amongst Patek Philippe’s greatest horological achievements. It was the most complicated wristwatch ever made by the Maison at the time, and available only by invitation and interview to Patek Philippe’s most important clients. Naturally, as one of the world’s most respected collectors and connoisseurs, the owner of The Champion Collection was among the chosen few.

Inspired by the famous ‘Star Calibre 2000’, a double-dialled pocket watch made to commemorate the new Millennium, the Sky Moon Tourbillon has two dials. The first displays mean solar time, retrograde perpetual calendar and phases of the moon. The other side features the sky chart, a map of the night sky in the Northern Hemisphere.

Estimate: HK$10,000,000-20,000,000 – EUR 1.18 Million – CHF 1.22 Million.

Rare Patek Philippe wristwatches with special-coloured dials

Lot 2258 – Patek Philippe Ref. 5970R with black dial

The only known, possibly unique 18k pink gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases, 24-hour and leap year indication with black dial.

Unique versions of arguably Patek Philippe’s most important and symbolic of complications, the perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch, are one of the ultimate ownership goals of collectors worldwide. The present watch is one such elevated timepiece, being the only publicly known reference 5970R-019 – rose gold with a black dial, fully confirmed by the original Certificate of Origin.

Lot 2258 - Patek Philippe Ref. 5970R with black dial
Lot 2258 – Patek Philippe Ref. 5970R with black dial

The rose gold version of the 5970 is usually fitted with a silvered dial, so that the unexpected black dial of this watch with rose gold numerals gives it a dramatic new aesthetic. Furthermore, production of the rose (and white) gold 5970s ceased in 2007 and production of the reference ceased entirely in 2010.

The present watch, sold at the Patek Philippe salon in Geneva to its current owner in 2016, almost a decade after the pink gold version was discontinued, is one of the most significant watches of the reference in private hands.

As Patek Philippe’s unique complicated watches were only ever created for the company’s best clients, the owner of The Champion Collection was favoured with special pieces of the highest exclusivity.

Estimate: HK$1,400,000-2,800,000.

Lot 2256 – Patek Philippe Ref. 5020J with brown dial

The only known and possibly unique exemplar of the 18k gold cushion-shaped perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases, 24 hour, leap year indication and brown dial with Breguet numerals.

One of the stand-out Patek Philippe special-order watches that are the jewels in the crown of The Champion Collection, this probably unique reference 5020 with stunning confirmed brown dial and the great exclusivity of its own reference number (5020J-016), can be considered one of the most important examples of the already extremely rare reference 5020 cushion-shaped perpetual calendar chronograph.

Lot 2256 - Patek Philippe Ref. 5020J with brown dial
Lot 2256 – Patek Philippe Ref. 5020J with brown dial

Almost certainly made by special request as an ‘out of series’ piece with its unique brown dial, the highly individual aesthetic of the watch places it among the most desirable of Patek Philippe’s 21st century perpetual calendar chronographs.

The standard production 5020 – manual winding perpetual calendar with chronograph – was introduced in 1994 and discontinued in 2002. The case of the present watch dates from 1994 and its movement, calibre 27 70 Q dates from 2010.

Therefore, the case is from the first year of production, but the movement was made almost 8 years after production of the 5020 ended. Such ‘out of series’ watches were created using pristine old stock cases with movements that are unrelated in date. They were usually made on the specific instructions of Mr. Stern for very special clients, such as the owner of The Champion Collection.

The probably unique brown dial and the fact that this watch was provided with a specific individual reference number confirm its legitimacy as a fully formed model in its own right and as such, an extreme rarity and prize catch for the Patek Philippe collector. Reference 5020 was available in yellow, pink, and white gold, as well as platinum. It is believed that only 750 examples of this reference were ever made in total.

Estimate: HK$1,400,000-2,800,000.

Lot 2247 – Patek Philippe Ref. 5050J with slate grey dial

An extremely rare 18k gold automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch with retrograde date, leap year indication, moon phases and slate grey dial with Breguet numerals.

With highly appealing and very unusual, grey-coloured dial, this yellow gold reference 5050J-023 is one of the ultra-exclusive ‘London Edition’ series that were created in 2015 at the request of Philippe Stern using new old stock cases and movements.

Lot 2247 - Patek Philippe Ref. 5050J with slate grey dial
Lot 2247 – Patek Philippe Ref. 5050J with slate grey dial

It is thought that a maximum of five pieces were made with a grey dial and were only available to those collectors who were personally known to Mr. Stern. The present watch is probably the only the third example known publicly. Furthermore, it is preserved in like-new condition and is accompanied by the full set of accessories. Such ‘out of series’ late production watches are fascinating to collectors and are among the rarest pieces of the reference.

The standard production 5050 – automatic perpetual calendar with retrograde date, was introduced in 1993 and discontinued in 2002. The case of the present watch dates from 1994 and its movement, calibre 315-136 dates from 2004. Therefore, the case is from the first two years of reference 5050 production and the movement from towards the end of the 5050s successor reference 5059s production (which used the same calibre) and was discontinued in 2006.

Estimate: HK$600,000-1,200,000.

Lot 2251 – Patek Philippe Ref. 5059G with salmon dial

A possibly unique and only known 18k white gold automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, retrograde date, moon phases, leap year indication and rose dial.

This extraordinary salmon dial reference 5059G-018 is the first example ever to be offered at auction and can be considered one of the most important individual watches of the reference 5059.

It is exceptional not only for its incredibly rare and rich salmon-coloured dial with raised gold Roman numerals, but also as the only known example of any reference 5059 in which the movement bears Patek Philippe’s ‘PP’ certification of excellence mark on its movement instead of the traditional ‘Geneva seal’ found on all other known examples.

Lot 2251 - Patek Philippe Ref. 5059G with salmon dial
Lot 2251 – Patek Philippe Ref. 5059G with salmon dial

According to the foremost Patek Philippe scholars, the present watch is the only known example of reference 5059 with its movement bearing the Patek Philippe of ‘PP’ seal of excellence instead of the earlier ‘Geneva Seal’ stamp.

The Geneva Seal, or Poinçon de Genève, has for many decades been considered the ultimate standard in watchmaking. However, it only controlled the standard of finishing and decoration of the watch movement. Testing for precision was an optional part of achieving the Geneva Seal.

Thus in 2009, Patek Philippe decided to create their own ‘PP Seal’ standard of excellence which covered almost every aspect of the watch, up to and including, the ownership experience. In 2012, the criteria for the Geneva Seal were upgraded in response.

Introduced in 1998, it was the first serially produced perpetual calendar wristwatch with retrograde date to be made by Patek Philippe. It was also the first model since the legendary reference 2497 and 2438-1 to have a sweep centre seconds on a perpetual calendar watch.

The model is distinctive for its officier style case with elongated lugs with screwed bars and hinged back and display cuvette. The movement is the automatic calibre 315 with 21K gold rotor, the fascinating retrograde date function is part of the perpetual calendar mechanism whereby at the end of each month the date hand instantly ‘flies’ back to 1.

Estimate: HK$600,000-1,200,000.

Marvels of Haute Horlogerie

Lot 2212 – Vacheron Constantin. An extremely rare and exceptional limited edition platinum skeletonised minute repeating wristwatch.

Lot 2212 - Vacheron Constantin limited edition platinum skeletonised minute repeating wristwatch
Lot 2212 – Vacheron Constantin limited edition platinum skeletonised minute repeating wristwatch

Limited to 15 pieces, this is No.1. Circa 2006. Estimate: HK$1,000,000-2,000,000.

Lot 2216 – A very rare and impressive Jaeger-LeCoultre platinum semi-skeletonised spherical tourbillon wristwatch with 24 hour display and power reserve, and Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2 model.

Lot 2216 - Jaeger-LeCoultre platinum semi-skeletonised spherical tourbillon wristwatch
Lot 2216 – Jaeger-LeCoultre platinum semi-skeletonised spherical tourbillon wristwatch
  • Limited to 75 pieces, this example is from circa 2008.
  • Estimate: HK$800,000-1,600,000.

Lot 2218 – An impressive, highly complicated and very rare Jules Audemars Grande Complication model, Ref. 25866PT, platinum automatic minute repeating perpetual calendar split seconds chronograph wristwatch with leap year indication, number of week and moon phases.

Lot 2218 – Jules Audemars Grande Complication model, Ref. 25866PT,
Lot 2218 – Jules Audemars Grande Complication model, Ref. 25866PT
  • Circa 2004.
  • Estimate: HK$800,000-1,600,000.

Lot 2219Greubel Forsey Invention Piece 2 Model. An extremely rare and magnificent platinum limited edition asymmetrical wristwatch with differential quadruple tourbillon and power reserve.

Lot 2219 - Greubel Forsey Invention Piece 2
Lot 2219 – Greubel Forsey Invention Piece 2
  • Limited to 11 pieces, this example is No. 1/11. Circa 2010.
  • Estimate: HK$2,200,000-4,400,000.

Lot 2265 – A Patek Philippe Ref. 5004A is an extremely rare and important stainless steel perpetual calendar split seconds chronograph wristwatch with moon phases, 24 hour and leap year indication.

Lot 2265 - Patek Philippe 5004A
Lot 2265 – Patek Philippe 5004A

Possibly 60 pieces made, 9 known and fresh to the market, this example is from circa 2012. Estimate: HK$4,000,000-8,000,000.

Lot 2270 – Patek Philippe Ref. 5275P is an exceptional and very rare platinum limited edition hour striking wristwatch with jumping hour, minute and second, made for the 175th Anniversary of Patek Philippe in 2014.

Lot 2270 - Patek Philippe Ref. 5275P
Lot 2270 – Patek Philippe Ref. 5275P
  • 175 pieces were made.
  • Estimate: HK$2,400,000-4,800,000.

(2) Important Watches and the Rise of the Independent Watchmakers, Featuring The Kairos Collection Part II

Patek Philippe World Times masterpieces from the 1940s

Lot 2443 – Patek Philippe Ref. 605HU

The present yellow gold Ref. 605 HU is a superb and extremely well-preserved example of Patek Philippe’s world time watches with cloisonné enamel dial. Patek Philippe’s reference 605 HU (Heure Universelle) World Time dress watches with cloisonné enamel dial are among the most beautiful horological masterpieces of the marque’s 20th century production.

Lot 2443 - Patek Philippe Ref. 605HU
Lot 2443 – Patek Philippe Ref. 605HU

Manufactured in 1948, and sold in 1954, this magnificent exemplar of Haute Horlogerie, one of the earliest to avail itself of Louis Cottier’s world time system, and created under Cottier’s direct supervision, is presented for the first time at auction.

Among the 95 pieces produced by Louis Cottier and Patek Philippe from 1939 to 1964, only 3 examples in yellow gold, with an enamel map depicting the entire globe, are known to have survived.

One is displayed at the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva, one in a private collection and this one, which is being presented at auction for the first time at Christie’s in Hong Kong.

Estimate: HK$5,000,000-10,000,000.

Lot 2442 – Patek Philippe Ref. 1415J

This exceptional and very rare 18k gold world time wristwatch Ref. 1415J, manufactured in 1949, is for the first time at auction.

Surviving for over 70 years in astoundingly crisp and original condition, it gives collectors and those who search for objects of unsurpassed quality, the opportunity to possess a previously unknown reference 1415J, one of Patek Philippe’s most sought after ‘golden age’ classic references. Carefully preserved over the years as part of a private collection, its exclusivity and desirability is greatly enhanced by its excellent original condition.

Lot 2442 - Patek Philippe Ref. 1415J
Lot 2442 – Patek Philippe Ref. 1415J

A further layer of rarity is bestowed upon the present watch as one of the small number known publicly with both the post-1948 ‘short’ Patek Philippe signature and the names of the world cities in English. From a total of 115 reference 1415 made, 82 were in a yellow gold case and around 65 of those have a silvered dial.

Of those watches, fewer than twenty bear a fully applied hour marker dial with ‘short’ signature and “Lys” shape hands. Furthermore, less than half-a-dozen have been identified in such incredible original condition.

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

The Lange & Söhne 20th Anniversary Sets

Lots 2351, 2352 – Lange & Söhne. Lange 1 20th Anniversary Set

Fresh to the market, this superb white gold pair of ‘His & Hers’ Lange 1 20th Anniversary wristwatches are the first set in white gold to be presented at auction.

This special pairing of the legendary ‘Lange 1’ and ‘Little Lange 1’ was made to celebrate ‘togetherness’ for the 20th Anniversary of the now iconic Lange 1 model that was launched in 1994 and re-established the reputation of the historic brand for the modern era.

Lot 2351, 2352 - Lange & Söhne. The Hourglass 20th Anniversary Set
Lot 2351, 2352 – Lange & Söhne. The Hourglass 20th Anniversary Set

Debuted at the Hong Kong Watches & Wonders fair in 2014, A. Lange & Söhne introduced five different pairings of the Lange 1 20th Anniversary sets, a limited edition of 20 pieces being made of each type. These highly exclusive sets of two watches comprise a Lange 1 (38.5 mm.) and a Little Lange 1 (36.1 mm).

  • Lot 2351- Ref.811.063 The Little Lange 1: 18k white gold and diamond-set limited edition wristwatch with date and power reserve. Estimate: HK$400,000-800,000.
  • Lot 2352- Ref.101.063 The Lange 1: 18k white gold limited edition wristwatch with date and power reserve. Estimate: HK$400,000-800,000.

Lots 2347, 2348, 2349 – Lange & Söhne. The Hourglass 20th Anniversary Set

Never before seen at auction, this exceptional and important set of three baguette diamond-set platinum Lange & Söhne wristwatches were produced exclusively as a special edition for the 20th Anniversary of the Japan boutiques of the highly prestigious retailer ‘Hourglass’ which was founded in 1996.

Lots 2347, 2348, 2349 - Lange & Söhne. The Hourglass 20th Anniversary Set