The auction process is not as daunting as you may think, especially if you have selected Antiquorum as your auctioneer. antiquorum and its team of experts strive to help you, the client, buy and sell at auction with ease and confidence. To walk you through the process, Antiquorum has outlined the important steps you should know in order to successfully purchase or consign timepieces and jewelry at auction.


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THE BUYER Lot descriptions provide technical data carefully compiled by our experts for each lot in the sale and are often enhanced by historical or bio graphical comments.

  • Estimates are listed at the end of each lot description and are an indication of the price range the lot is expected to fetch. Estimates do not include the buyer’s premium or sales tax.

  • An estimate indicated by three stars ***, advises clients to contact Antiquorum for more information.

  • Condition Reports are given for each lot in the catalogue based on a grading system developed by Antiquorum’s experts. This grading system is explained at the end of the auction catalogue.

  • Buyers are advised to read the Conditions of Sale (at the end of the auction catalogue or online) and Important Notices (at the beginning of the auction catalogue or online) before bidding at auction.

  • Auction catalogue can be viewed at .


Each client wishing to bid at auction is required to register at the latest two hours before the sale. Clients may register the day of the sale, starting one hour before the auction venue. Clients will be able to pick up their bidding paddles on the day of the sale, prior to the auction, just outside the saleroom.


Lots offered for sale are auctioned in numerical order as they appear in the catalogue. The lot being auctioned is announced by the auctioneer, as well as shown live or illustrated on a screen at the front of the saleroom. Bidders are advised to have the auction catalogue to hand during the sale for reference.


If you are unable to bid in person at the auction, you can submit an absentee or written bid. Bid forms are found in every auction catalogue, as well as on Antiquorum’s website at, and can be requested at preview exhibitions or from any Antiquorum office (see the list of worldwide offices). Bid forms should be completed and signed, then faxed to Antiquorum at fax. +41 (0) 22 909 28 60 or emailed to bids@antiquorum. swiss. E-mail bids can be submitted, but must be followed-up with a signed bid form. Absentee bids will be processed on your behalf at auction by Antiquorum’s staff. This service is free of charge and Antiquorum’s staff will execute the bids at the lowest possible price, taking into account the reserve and other bids. Antiquorum cannot be held responsible for errors, omissions or late-arriving bids. In the event that two identical bids are received, the first bid received by Antiquorum will take precedence. It is very important that the bidder lists a daytime telephone number in case any part of the bid form is unclear. It is advisable to send the bid form in good time before the auction, especially in the case of new buyers, whose bank references will be checked. Bids submitted in a foreign currency will be converted to CHF using the exchange rate on the day of the sale.



Previews are conducted by Antiquorum prior to each auction and details of these exhibitions are found at the beginning of every catalogue or online. Previews are open to the public and prospective buyers are encouraged to view and examine lots offered for sale prior to making their purchases.


You may also participate in Antiquorum auctions by telephone. This service is free of charge and telephone bids will be executed by an Antiquorum staff member in the saleroom. All telephone bids must be confirmed in writing on a completed bid form. Please provide the telephone number(s) at which you can be reached during the sale. Bid forms should be completed and signed, then faxed to Antiquorum at fax. +41 (0) 22 909 28 60 or emailed to


Antiquorum will call you during the auction approximately 3 to 10 lots before the lot(s) on which you wish to bid. Language assistance for telephone bidding is available in English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese. Please note that all bid cancellations must be received in writing.


Auctions are conducted in Swiss Francs in Geneva, and in HK Dollars in Hong Kong. A currency conversion board is made available in each saleroom and online, indicating approximate exchange rates for various major currencies. prospective buyers are encouraged to view and examine lots offered for sale prior to making their purchases.

Bidding usually opens below the low estimate figure of each lot and generally advances in
increments of 10%, for example:

from CHF 500 to 1,000 by CHF 50
from CHF 1,001 to 2,000 by CHF 100
from CHF 2,001 to 5,000 by CHF 200
from CHF 5,001 to 10,000 by CHF 500
from CHF 10,001 to 20,000 by CHF 1,000

(*) The auctioneer may adjust the bidding increments at his/her discretion.


When the auctioneer’s hammer falls, the final bid has been reached and the auctioneer will record the bidder’s paddle number, or the absentee bid number. If your bids have been successful, you will be notified by means of an invoice sent by e-mail. You are also welcome to call Antiquorum the day after the auction to request the outcome of your bids.


When the entire first part of the description is in red, this indicates that the lot is to be sold without reserve, as is also stated beneath or alongside the description.


Price lists are made available online at approximately six hours after the end of each auction.


Payment for purchased lots at any Anti quorum auction is due within 7 days ofthe sale date.

  • For traditional auctions, the buyer’s premium is: 25% of the hammer price on each lot up to and including CHF 500,000, 20% from CHF 500,001 to CHF 5,000,000 and 12% for all amounts in excess of CHF 5,000,001.

  • Extended payment terms or special credit terms can be arranged on occasion.

  • For information regarding payment policies, please contact accounting department at Antiquorum Geneva, tel. +41 (0) 22 909 28 50.

  • PAYMENT METHODS Payment may be submitted in cash, by wire transfer, check (not applicable with Antiquorum Geneva) or credit card (restrictions apply).

  • WIRE TRANSFER Please refer to the wire transfer instructions as shown on your customer invoice.

  • CASH is limited to the equivalent of CHF 10,000.

  • CREDIT CARDS Major credit cards are accepted (1.8% service charge for MasterCard and Visa and 2.05% charge for American Express).


For collection of lots purchased, the buyer will need to contact Antiquorum with instructions. Collection of purchased lots can only take place once the invoice has been paid in full. For more details, contact Antiquorum Geneva, tel. +41 (0) 22 909 28 50.


Winning lots (watches and jewelry only) are available for pick up at our Geneva office for buyers having selected the collect point Geneva and at our Hong Kong office for buyers having selected the collect point Hong Kong. All others will be shipped directly to their location as per buyer‘s instructions. Please note that buyers are responsible for all shipping fees and any other applicable fees including value added tax, customs duties etc… for importation to their respective countries. 1% of the hammer price plus premium will be charged to cover the insurance liability, as according to law once the hammer falls the buyer is responsible for the insurance of the lot.

Please note Antiquorum is not responsible for shipping clocks, furnitures, voluminous and/or fragile items. Our shipping department will assist you in choosing a third party crating service


The registration process for online interactive bidding and online absentee bidding is similar to that used for traditional telephone and absentee bidding. On Antiquorum’s fully secure website,, the following steps must be completed by prospective buyers:

  • Register, providing the bidder’s name, address, telephone number, email address, and a requested credit limit for online bidding. NOTE: First time bidders are required to provide a valid ID (passport, identity card or driver licence). In some cases, Antiquorum may impose a credit limit to the online applicant, in which case the amended credit limit will be communicated to the client upon receipt of the registration form.

  • Accept Antiquorum’s terms and conditions of sale.

  • Submit registration form to Antiquorum’s fully secure website.

  • Approved bidders will receive an email confirmation with a paddle number and PIN (Personal Identity Number).. Once the auction catalogue is available online, prospective buyers can register or place absentee bids online. Absentee bids are accepted online up until two hours prior to the start of the live interactive auction. On auction day, registered online bidders connect to to follow instructions for live interactive bidding. For collectors who simply want to follow the live auction in progress, no registration is needed to view a live internet broadcast made available on auction day. For additional information about the online bidding system, terms and conditions of use and sale, please visit


Antiquorum’s fully secure online interactive bidding system allows prospective buyers to place interactive bids and absentee bids directly through www.antiquorum. swiss for all traditional auctions worldwide. Especially designed to offer the suspense and excitement of a traditional auction room, Antiquorum’s online interactive bidding system allows buyers worldwide to bid as safely and comfortably as if they were in the saleroom.


  • The lot number with its image and description.

  • A countdown icon (Adapted to each user’s connection speed) indicating the time left for bidding.

  • Access to a HELP LINE in the event of a connection failure.

  • Auction monitoring in major currencies, including the bidder’s preferred currency.

  • View of the paddle number and the location (room or online) of the person bidding at that moment.

Antiquorum’s online interactive bidding system also offers buyers the option to place an online absentee bid. Absentee bids are accepted by the online server up to three hours before the start of the live interactive auction

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