Antiquorum Uncovers Never Been Seen Before Timepieces in their March Auction
Antiquorum continues its year- long celebration of their 40thanniversary with an auction of never been seen before and exceptionally rare timepieces to be held on March 16th at The Mandarin Oriental in Geneva.
Amongst the many sought-after highlights are a rare Vacheron Constantin Ref. 4261 Minute-Repeater; A Rolex Ref. 1831 Day Date with Stella dial; and a Mirror Image Pair of Chinese Bronze Red and Lacquer Elephant Clocks from the 18th century. Collectors will have the opportunity to preview the collection in Hong Kong and Geneva prior to the sale.
The highlight of the sale is a Vacheron Constantin Ref. 4261 Minute-Repeater in pink gold with two-tone silver dial. Produced in 1945 and consigned by the family of the original owner, this example with subtle patination is amongst the finest of the legendary reference 4261’s to be offered at auction. It appears that no more than ten examples of this model with 13” caliber movement without subsidiary seconds exist, making this example exceptionally rare and highly sought-after.
Estimate: CHF 130,000 -180,000
For the collector of fine Patek Philippe clocks, Antiquorum experts are proud to offer a unique Patek Philippe Ref. 1489 “Poissons Des Caraibes” Pendulette Dome Clock. Produced in 2004, this is a very fine, solar-powered and electro-mechanical brass table clock with polychrome cloisonné enamels depicting tropical marine fish of the Caribbean. It is further accompanied by a Patek Philippe fitted box, Certificate of Origin and Extract from the Archives.
Estimate: CHF 90,000 -130,000
Also on the auction block is an exceptional Audemars Piguet Platinum & Diamond Grande & Petite Sonnerie & Repeating wristwatch. Produced circa 2000 in less than five pieces according to Audemars Piguet, this extraordinary timepiece features a case set with 399 round white diamonds, a diamond-set dial and a platinum Audemars Piguet buckle.
Estimate: CHF 80,000 -120,000
Rolex enthusiasts will want to bid on the Rolex Ref. 6239 Paul Newman with black dial in steel. Produced in 1967, this is a very fine and very rare, water-resistant, stainless steel wristwatch with round-button chronograph, registers, tachometer and a stainless steel Rolex Oyster folded bracelet.
Estimate: CHF 60,000 – 80,000
Also offered is a Rolex Ref. 6200 with Explorer Dial made circa 1954. Extremely rare, this reference is one of the most collectible big crown Submariners and remains one of the holy grails for Rolex collectors. It is a center- seconds, self-winding, water-resistant, stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with bi-directional revolving black bezel, large 8 mm winding crown and a stainless steel Oyster riveted bracelet.
Estimate: CHF 50,000 – 70,000
Antiquorum is also delighted to offer a Rolex Ref. 1831/1850 Platinum Day Date No. 001/8 in the March auction. Previously unknown to the market, this is the fourth of 8 pieces to surface at auction. According to Antiquorum watch experts, it seems that these watches were ordered exclusively by the Shah of Iran to be gifted to dignitaries. In almost as new condition, this is a very fine and very rare, tonneau-shaped, center seconds, self-winding, water-resistant, platinum and diamonds wristwatch with day, date and a platinum Rolex bracelet with platinum double-deployant clasp.
Estimate: CHF 25,000 – 45,000
Not to be missed is a Mirror Image Pair of Chinese Bronze Red and Lacquer Elephant Clocks made in the late 18th century (Qianlong period). Extremely rare, this pair of small elephant Chinese clocks is of particular interest being of Chinese workmanship and showing a clear European influence based on the French designs of the Louis XV period. The movement of the clocks is English (Chas. Wall and S. Tracey, London) from the early 18th century, adding further prestige to these pieces as English clocks were regarded as superior quality. A popular subject in Chinese art, the elephant symbolizes wisdom and strength further adding to the desirability of these magnificent timepieces.
Estimate: CHF 30,000 – 50,000
Also offered is a Patek Philippe Observatory with Luminous Dial. Unknown and never been seen before at auction, this watch has remained in the hands of the original family for the past 70 years. Collectors will be attracted by its military type dial with luminous dots and hands, a configuration that has never been seen before. Produced in 1903, this is a possibly unique and extremely fine stainless steel Staybrite wristwatch with subsidiary seconds dial at 9 and is further accompanied by an Extract from the Archives.
Estimate: CHF 20,000 – 40,000
Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces
Date & Time:
March 16, 2014
First Session: starts at 10 am (Lots 1-127)
Second Session: starts at 1 pm (Lots 128 -383)
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Quai Turrettini 1
March 13, 10 am - 7 pm
March 14, 10 am – 7 pm
March 15, 10 am – 7 pm
March 16, 10 am – 7 pm
3 rue du Mont-Blanc
Tel: +41 (0) 22 909 28 50
Fax: +41 (0) 22 909 28 60
Email: Geneva @antiquorum.com
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, London, Milan, Munich, Moscow, Paris, Shanghai and Tokyo.