Antiquorum Auctioneers auction of “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces” at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Geneva presents an impressive collection that encompasses 478 outstanding timepieces, including a rarely seen Patek Philippe Ref. 3651.
At auction taking place May 15th is an exceptional selection of pocket watches from leading brands including numerous highly sought-after Rolex wristwatches. Previews will be held in Hong Kong, Copenhagen and Geneva.
Rare Patek Philippe
A highlight is the extremely rare Patek Philippe Ref. 3651 Chronograph, only the fourth example ever to appear at auction. Made in 1961 and cased in 1986, this is a fine and exceptionally rare 18K gold wristwatch with chronograph, register and tachometer. It is accompanied by correspondence between the owner and Patek Philippe and two extracts from the archives.
This Rolex Ref. 6265 in Yellow Gold is a remarkable timepiece – rarely worn and offered in outstanding condition, an 18K gold wristwatch features a round button chronograph, registers and tachometer with an 18K yellow gold Rolex bracelet.
Pocket Watches from 1800s
Piguet & Meylan
This collection includes exceptional pocket watches including the Musical Summer Bouquet in Enamel and Gold Attributed to Piguet & Meylan. Signed by Charman in London and made for the Chinese Market in 1820, this is a very fine and large musical 18K gold painted on enamel and pearl-set pocket watch playing music on the hour at will.
Despite being of entirely Swiss craftsmanship, the present watch was made in the English style as English made goods were regarded by the Chinese as superior during that period. It was ordered by Charman in London with the intention of exporting it to China. Interestingly, when the London watchmakers ordered watches from Switzerland, their movements were made to appear English-made, although the case was decorated with enamel with the intention of appealing to the Chinese market.
Vacheron Constantin enthusiasts will be drawn to the Vacheron & Constantin One Minute Tourbillon First Prize Winner at the Geneva Observatory. Made in 1931, this is an extremely rare and important 18K gold, keyless pocket watch with one minute tourbillon regulator and Guillaume balance, specially adjusted for the 1931 Geneva Conservatory prize.
Urban Jurgensen & Sonner by Derek Pratt
Also on the auction block is the Urban Jurgensen & Sonner by Derek Pratt Twin Barrel Tourbillon Power Reserve in Yellow Gold. Made circa 1980, this is a fine and rare, large 18K yellow gold open face pocket watch with one-minute tourbillon and power reserve. Derek Pratt is among the geniuses of the world of horology on par with Antide Janvier, Abraham Louis Breguet, Ferdinand Berthoud, Harrisson and George Daniels. Educated at the National College of Horology, his interests were both in horology and light aircrafts. Although he didn’t complete his course of study, he worked for many years with his former school director on a black box clock for aircrafts and on micro-electronics. Eventually he moved to Switzerland where his career in watchmaking continued to flourish. A close friend of George Daniels, he was intensely involved in the development of the co-axial escapement and developed the thin version of the escapement as well as a number of wheels for George Daniels watches. The present lot is a great example of his attention to detail and an important testament to his genius.
The Bovet Enamel Fancy Birds in Gold Made for the Chinese Market, made circa 1835, is a very fine and important 18K gold and painted on enamel center-seconds watch with duplex escapement. The back enamel panel is a finely painted scene depicting two colorful wild birds one on the ground, the other resting on foliage with a cloudy sky in the background. The bezel is decorated with light blue and red flowers; and the pendant and bow adorned with black enamel decoration.
Breguet and marine chronometer collectors will be competing for the Breguet No. 3118 Chronometer with Reaumur Thermometer. Sold to the French army in 1821 for 2,400 francs, this is an early, extremely rare, 2 day going deck chronometer with Earnshaw escapement and metallic thermometer. It is further accompanied by the Breguet certificate dated 1957 and original key.
Auction & Preview Schedule
Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces
Sunday, May 15, 2016
- Session 1 (lots 1-197): starts at 10am
- Session 2 (lots 198 -478): starts at 2pm
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Salon Saint Gervais
Quai Turrettini 1
Hong Kong Preview
May 5 & 6: 11am to 7pm
Antiquorum Hong Kong
Rm. 2505, No 9. Queen’s Rd
Central, Hong Kong
Tel + 852 2522 4168
Copenhagen Preview (Urban Jurgensen collection)
May 10: 10 am – 6pm
Tel + 45 33 14 12 08
May 12: 10am to 6pm
May 13: 10am to 7pm
May 14: 9am to 7pm
May 15: 9am to 5pm
3 rue du Mont-Blanc
1201 Geneva 1
Tel + 41 (0) 22 909 28 50
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 Bangkok, Beijing, Dubai, London, Milan, Munich, Moscow, Paris, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo. Visit www.antiquorum.com