Tuesday, April 29, 2014

WATCH AUCTION ON 11 MAY 2014 IN GENEVA, SWITZERLAND BY ANTIQUORUM THE WORLD'S PREMIER WATCH AUCTIONEERS

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Outstanding Collection of Rare Timepieces Offered in Antiquorum’s May Auction

Antiquorum Auctioneers, the world’s premier watch auctioneer, presents its May 11th auction of “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces” to be held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Geneva. Collectors can look forward to bidding on 293 outstanding timepieces. 

Highlighting the sale are some exceptional references from Patek Philippe, Rolex, Richard Mille and Vacheron Constantin. Previews will be held in Hong Kong as well as Geneva.

The highlight of the sale is a Patek Philippe Ref. 2499, Third Series in 18K yellow gold. Sold in 1967, it is an extremely rare 18K yellow gold wristwatch with round button chronograph, perpetual calendar and moon phase accompanied by the Certificate of Origin, box and pouch. Property of the family of the original owner, this exceptional timepiece remains in close to new condition and represents a rare opportunity to acquire one of the finest of the third series ever to appear at auction.
Estimate: CHF 150,000 – 250,000
Antiquorum experts are also delighted to offer a Patek Philippe Ref. 5959 Coaxial Split-Seconds Chronograph, sold in 2009. This very fine and rare platinum and diamond wristwatch features a coaxial round button split-seconds chronograph and register. It is accompanied by the Patek Philippe fitted box, Certificate of Origin and instructions.
Estimate: CHF 180,000 – 250,000
Rolex collectors will want to bid on the Rolex Ref. 6241 Paul Newman. Sold in 1971, this is a very rare stainless steel wristwatch with anti-reflective black tachometer bezel, round button chronograph, registers and a Rolex Ref. 7205 stainless steel Oyster riveted bracelet. The watch is further accompanied by the original warranty, instruction booklet, and an overhaul receipt from a retailer dated 2011.
Estimate: CHF 100,000 – 150,000
Another outstanding Rolex offered is the Rolex Ref 5513 Submariner 3-6-9 Dial. Made in 1964, this is a very rare, center seconds self-winding stainless steel wristwatch with a stainless steel Rolex bracelet and deployant clasp. This Explorer dial version of the 5513 is, according to Antiquorum experts, only the third of its kind to appear on the market. Featuring a lower underline and the double “t<25 a="" any="" at="" bottom="" collector.="" dial="" for="" have="" is="" model="" must="" of="" serious="" span="" sports="" the="" this="">
Estimate: CHF 80,000 – 100,000
Antiquorum is also pleased to present a Greubel Forsey Invention Piece No. 3. Made in a limited edition of 11 pieces in white gold in circa 2007, this is a very important 18K white gold wristwatch with 24-hour indication, 25° inclined visible inner 24-second tourbillon regulator, 72-hour power reserve indicator and an 18K white gold Greubel Forsey double deployant clasp. It is accompanied by the original wooden box with beveled glass window, numbered certificate of authenticity, pouch and white gloves.
Estimate: CHF 200,000 – 300,000
Another exceptional modern watch offered is a Richard Mille RM006 Titanium Tourbillon, 07/20. Produced circa 2006, this is a very fine and unusual tonneau-shaped and curved, titanium wristwatch with visible one-minute tourbillon regulator, 70 hour power reserve and titanium Richard Mille clasp. Developed in conjunction with Felipe Masa, the RM006 was made in a limited edition of 20 pieces and was the first baseplate in nano carbonfiber weighing in at an amazing 42 grams and resistant up to 500G. It was put to the test when Masa experienced a near fatal accident at the Hungarian Grand Prix wearing a similar watch that escaped unharmed unlike Felipe who broke his skull but thankfully recovered. Never offered at auction before, the RM006 is already part of the legacy of the celebrated Richard Mille brand.
Estimate: CHF 80,000 – 120,000.
Also offered is a limited edition Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Great Explorers “Magellan” Yellow Gold Wandering Hour Watch with Champleve Enamel Dial. Made in a limited edition of 60 pieces as a tribute to Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521) starting in 2004, this is an extremely fine and rare 18K yellow gold wristwatch with wandering hours and hand enameled on goldchampleve enamel dial by Jean & Lucie Genbrugge. It is accompanied by the original Vacheron Constantin fitted box, Certificate of Origin, setting pin, CD and instructions.
 
Estimate: CHF 45,000 – 65,000
The Rolex collector will also appreciate the Rolex Ref. 6202 “Monometer” in steel produced in 1953. This is a fine and rare center-seconds wristwatch with Rolex stainless steel Jubilee bracelet and deployant clasp. Only five examples of this reference have appeared on the market in the last twenty years. It is known as the earliest Submariner despite not yet carrying the name. This example is equipped with its original bezel and represents a rare opportunity to complete one’s early Submariner collection.
Estimate: CHF 30,000 – 50,000

Antiquorum experts are also pleased to present a Patek Philippe Ref. 894 Squellete Dress Watch. Sold in 1983, it is a rare 18K yellow gold skeletonized, keyless dress watch. This appears to be only the fourth example of the Patek Philippe Squelette dress watch to be offered at auction. It remains in extremely good condition and is sold with the original box and Certificate of Origin.
Estimate: CHF 30,000 – 50,000
Also offered in the May sale is an Omega with Cloisonne Dial depicting Neptune’s Chariot being drawn by two seahorses. Produced in 1952, the watch is mounted in a later Seamaster Ref. 2767-6 5C gold-plated case.  It is accompanied by an Omega extract from the Archives. This watch represents possibly the fourth undiscovered chariot enamel dial as scholars believe only five were ever made. The original case has been replaced but it retains its original movement. The dial was produced by Nelly Richard, an enamel artist who worked for Stern Freres from the late 1940’s to the 1950’s. The enamel dial has been maintained in perfect condition and is an excellent opportunity to acquire one of the most breathtaking Omegas’s ever produced.
Estimate: CHF 25,000 – 45,000
About Antiquorum: Established in Geneva in 1974, Antiquorum has carved its own unparalleled niche in the auction world through its focused expertise in horology and by cultivating a thriving collector's market for timepieces worldwide. The world's premier auctioneer of fine modern and vintage timepieces has set world records for auction sales and holds approximately ten auctions a year in Geneva, New York and Hong Kong, with previews held in major cities worldwide. Antiquorum maintains offices in Beijing, Dubai, London, Milan, Munich, Moscow, Paris, Shanghai and Tokyo. WWW.ANTIQUORUM.COM.
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Auction & Preview Schedule
Auction, Sunday, May 11
First Session (lots 1-121): starts at 11 am
Second Session (lots 122 – 293): starts at 2 pm

Location:
Mandarin Oriental Geneva
Salon Saint-Gervais
Quai Turrettini 1
Geneva, Switzerland

Previews:
Hong Kong
Antiquorum Hong Kong
RM. 2505, No. 9 Queen’s Road Central
Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2522 4168
April 29: 11 am – 7pm
April 30: 11 am – 7pm
May 1: 11 am – 7pm

Geneva
Antiquorum Showroom
3 Rue du Mont-Blanc
1211 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: + 41 (0) 22 909 28 50

May 8: 10 am – 6 pm
May 9: 10 am – 6pm
May 10:  10 am – 7pm
May 11: 10 am – 4pm

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