Since 1979, Antiquorum has been holding auctions in Hong Kong and the result of the April 25, 2021 sale, close to HKD 49 million (approx. CHF 5.7 million), confirms its strong position on the Asian continent.

LOT 127
Sold: HKD 1,750,000

The auction once again crowned the Patek Philippe name with no less than seven of the top ten lots, including two Ref. 5970P-001 that sold for over HKD 1.5 million (lot 124 and 127), a Ref. 5160G for HKD 1,187,500.00 (lot 119) and a Nautilus Ref. 3712/1A-001 for over HKD 1 million (lot 266).

LOT 248
Sold: HKD 1,125,000

Omage Speedmaster

LOT 266
Sold: HKD 1,025,000

Patek Philippe nautilus

Among the results, it is worth noticing that lot 248, an Omega Ref. 2915-2, was sold for almost three times its low estimate at HKD 1,125,000.00. Bids were also brisk for the two historic watches that were presented: Henri-Ernest Bouvier’s chronometer, made by Paul Distisheim, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Republic of Neuchâtel (lot 137) found a buyer for HKD 337,500 and the pocket Breguet of Louis-Alexandre Berthier (1753-1815), first Prince of Wagram and Prince of Neuchâtel, (lot 138) went to a connoisseur for HKD 300,000, twice its high estimate.

LOT 137
Historical pocket chronometer offered by the Canton of Neuchâtel in July 1898 for the 50th
Anniversary of the Republic of Neuchâtel (1848-1898); 18K yellow gold and enamel.
Sold: HKD 337,500

LOT 138
Historical pocket watch, quarter-repeater, ruby-set cylinder escapement; “Répétition à ponts, boîte or”; 18K yellow gold.
Sold: HKD 300,000

The highlight of this event was the sale of the Patek Philippe reference 5207 in platinum, for over HKD 10 million, Antiquorum’s highest bid in Asia since 2002 and a world record for this reference. Such a success is an opportunity to look back at the top hammer prices from our Hong Kong office.  Actually, this Ref. 5207 is fitted with nine horological complications, including a minute repeater, a leap-year perpetual calendar with moon phases and a one-minute tourbillon regulator. It was delivered in December 2013 to the Sultan of Oman, Qaboos Bin Said (1940-2020). It should be noted that only a few units of this model were produced by the Genevan manufacture and that it is the only example known to date with a platinum bracelet.

LOT 130

Ref. 5207 / 1P-001, minute-repeater, perpetual calendar àguichets (with apertures), leap-year indication, moon phases, AM-PM indication, tourbillon regulator, platinum bracelet; possibly piece unique; platinum

Sold: HKD 10,110,000

Under the hammer of Arnaud Tellier, Antiquorum’s Asia-Pacific Director, a long bidding battle was followed live by thousands of Internet users. In the auction room, telephone biddings were relayed by Antiquorum executives. Giulio De Lucia, Chairmain, Romain Réa, CEO, Julien Schaerer, Etienne Leménager and Connie Siu, respectively Directors of the Geneva and Hong Kong offices, were on the line with important clients from all over the world, Swiss, European, American, Middle Eastern or Asian. After several minutes, the hammer finally fell in favour of Mrs. Siu and her buyer at a price of 8.3 million.

For comparison, a platinum reference 5207 on a leather strap was sold by Antiquorum Hong Kong a few years ago for HKD 5 950 000.- / ~ USD 767 150.- / ~ EUR 559 650.- / ~ CHF 682 500.- (February 22, 2014, lot 238).

LOT 238

Hong Kong, Feb 22, 2014

Sold HKD 5,950,000

The importance of the watch presented on Sunday, its rarity and its historical affiliation have therefore attracted the covetousness of the great lovers of Haute Horlogerie.

We have to go back to 1997, still under the hammer of Arnaud Tellier, to find a “millionaire” wristwatch in Swiss francs at Antiquorum in Hong Kong: a Patek Philippe reference 2497 in platinum from 1953 on a platinum bracelet (June 9, 1997, lot 199, sold for HKD 5 850 000.- / ~ USD 757 750.- / ~ CHF 1 088 350.-). At the time, it was the most expensive watch ever auctioned in Asia.

LOT 199

Geneve, Ref. 2497, made in 1953, sold on 22 octobre 1953
Hong Kong, Hotel Furama Kempinski, Jun 09, 1997

Sold HKD 5,850,000

These wristwatches are nevertheless outdone by an impressive pocket watch from the same manufacture: the “Grande Complication” made for Jean de Gradowski in 1890. This exceptional timepiece, auctioned under the hammer of Osvaldo Patrizzi, the co-founder of Antiquorum, is probably the most complicated watch ever made by Patek Philippe up to 1932 (June 8, 2002, lot 423, sold for HKD 19 600 000.- / ~ USD 2 512 850.- / ~ EUR 2 658 550.- / ~ CHF 3 910 700.-). At the time, it was the most expensive watch ever auctioned in Asia.

LOT 423

Genève, No. 80897, case No. 204270, made especially in 1890 for Jean de Gradowski.Extremely rare, probably unique, 18K gold Grande Complication
The Ritz-carlton Hotel, Hong-kong, Jun 08, 2002

Sold HKD 19,600,000

In the same sale, a Patek Philippe reference 2499 in yellow gold, with black dial, from 1972, on a leather strap, was also sold for a then record price (June 8, 2002, lot 211, sold for HKD 5 520 000.- / ~ USD 707 700.- / ~ EUR 748 750.- / ~ CHF 1 101 400.-).

LOT 211
Genève,Ref. 2499, third series, sold on Octo-ber 2, 1972, probably made on special order.
The Ritz-carlton Hotel, Hong-kong, Jun 08, 2002

Sold HKD 5,520,000

To complete this quintet of Patek Philippe watches, we must mention one more exceptional piece that sold for over HKD 5 million. It is a fan incorporating a watch in its handle; a wonderful object attributed to James Cox of London, made around 1780 (October 23, 2011, lot 379, sold for HKD 6 020 000.- / ~ USD 773 750.- / ~ EUR 560 750.- / ~ CHF 690 150.-).

LOT 379
Attributed to James Cox, London, made in the late 18 century. Magnificent and extremely rare 20K gold, silver, ivory, enamel, diamond, ruby, emerald and agate-set fan with a watch, Hong Kong, Oct 23, 2011

Sold HKD 6,020,000

This establishes the “Top 6” of the most successful auctions obtained by Antiquorum in Hong Kong.

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces & Jewelry

25th November 2023 (Sat) | 3pm Hong Kong time

Venue: Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road, Central Hong Kong.

Online Registration:

Macau Preview: 11th November 2023 (Sat) | 11 am to 6 pm

Venue: Macau Timepiece Museum, Travessa DE S. Paulo No. 1AB Macau

Hong Kong Preview: 22nd-24th November 2023 (Wed-Fri) | 11am to 7pm

Venue: Room 706, The Galleria, 9 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong

Hong Kong, 6th November 2023 – Antiquorum Hong Kong is thrilled to unveil its autumn auction, set to take place on November 25th at The Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, bringing a remarkable collection of 274 modern and vintage timepieces from prestigious manufacturers such as Patek Philippe, Rolex, Audemars Piguet, and more. An exceptional highlight of the sale includes important vintage pieces of historical significance, as well as some high complication timepieces representing the ultimate sincerity and craftsmanship in Haute Horlogerie. Previews will be open to the public in Macau and Hong Kong in the days leading up to the event, providing a unique opportunity for aficionados and collectors to experience these extraordinary timepieces firsthand.

Lot 274

Rolex Ref. 6263, Daytona, Paul Newman, Steel

Estimate: HK$ 2,600,000 – 4,350,000

Produced from 1971 to 1987, the Ref. 6263 is one of the most iconic vintage Rolex. It is easily recognizable by its screwed-in pusher, and the beautiful black bakelite bezel. This reference, along with Ref. 6265, are the last references produced by Rolex using a manual-winding movement.

The current example of Ref. 6263 was made around 1971, features a MK2 Paul Newman dial, which is named after the famous Hollywood actor who achieved a successful career in motorsports later in life. From the black and white high-contrast dial to the stepped sub-dials with square shape markers and reading-friendly bold numerals, all details were specially designed to be more visible to the car racers.

Lot 273

Patek Philippe, Ref. 1463, Chronograph, Asthmometer Dial, Steel, Possibly piece unique

The Patek Philippe Ref. 1463 was launched in 1940. It was the brand’s first ever fully waterproof case with oversized round pushers. Its size was also larger comparing to the brand’s previous chronograph model. All these features together make this reference a distinctive, robust, and sporty chronograph at the time.

This example of Ref. 1463 was one of the rarest among all variations of the same reference. It features a steel case with a special asthmometer dial and is believed to be the personal watch of the legendary watchmaker Jacques Golay, a skilled Régleur working with Patek Philippe at the time.

According to a hand-written letter from Jacques Golay’s son Jules Golay, this special Ref. 1463 was made by the watchmaker himself at the workshop Victorin Piguet, part of the renowned Patek Philippe group of companies, in 1940-50s.

Previously sold at the November Antiquorum Geneva auction in 2012 for the impressive price of CHF 194,500, this extraordinary timepiece has been impeccably preserved by the same owner since then. Now, it resurfaces in the market, giving collectors and enthusiasts a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a cherished piece of horological history.

Lot 272

Patek Philippe Ref. 533, Chronograph, 18K pink gold

Estimate: HK$ 380,000 – 600,000

The Patek Philippe Ref. 533 was launched in 1937, featuring a slightly larger case size compared to its predecessor Ref. 130. With its elegant Calatrava case and flat bezel, it is often revered as the epitome of 1950s chronographs. This example of Ref. 533 features a pink gold case and a pink dial, also known as ‘Pink on Pink’, which is exceptionally rare and highly sought after by collectors. It is believed that the total production of this reference is limited to only 350 pieces, adding to their desirability and exclusivity.

Lot 266

Patek Philippe Ref. 5971P-001, Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, Platinum

Estimate: HK$ 1,700,000 – 2,450,000

The Ref. 5971, introduced in 2007, features a platinum case with a bezel set with 36 baguette diamonds and a black lacquered dial. It is considered as a luxurious variation of the Ref. 5970. Despite its exquisite design, the Ref. 5971 was only available in the product catalogue for three years, indicating its rarity with an estimated production number not exceeding one hundred units. Regarded as the “classic column-wheel chronograph with perpetual calendar, accented by the eternal fire of diamonds,” the Ref. 5971 is highly prized by connoisseurs for its exceptional craftsmanship and timeless beauty.

Lot 265

Patek Philippe Ref. 5970G-001, Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, 18K white gold

Estimate: HK$ 1,100,000 – 1,560,000

The Patek Philippe Ref. 5970 is a remarkable timepiece that represents the last Patek Philippe perpetual calendar chronograph model that utilizes the CH 27-70 Q movement, which is based on the renowned Lemania 2310. Produced between 2004 and 2010, this reference is a highly sought-after watch with limited production numbers. In total, there were less than 3,000 pieces made across four variations. The white gold version alone is estimated to have approximately 1,000 to 1,200 examples. Its rarity, coupled with its exquisite craftsmanship and timeless design, make this reference a true gem in the world of horology.

Lot 172

Patek Philippe, Ref. 5101P-010, 10 Day Tourbillon, Platinum

Estimate: HK$ 780,000 – 1,250,000

The Patek Philippe reference 5101P was introduced in 2003. With its distinctive triple-stepped flanks and seamlessly curved case merging with the sapphire crystal, it exudes elegance and comfort. Powered by the in-house caliber 28-20/222, it houses rare complications within its rectangular form. Twin mainspring barrels provide an impressive 10-day power reserve, while a delicate one-minute tourbillon carriage ensures precision. Certified by C.O.S.C. and bearing the prestigious Geneva Seal, the reference 5101P-010 embodies Patek Philippe’s unwavering commitment to excellence.

Lot 149

Jaeger-LeCoultre, Ref. 149.3.34.S,
Master Grand Tourbillon Enamel Van Gogh,
18K white gold, Limited Edition of 18 pieces

Estimate: HK$ 450,000 – 880,000

This limited edition timepiece showcases a remarkable miniature enamel painting on the dial, featuring Van Gogh’s iconic Starry Night. Every stroke and detail has been meticulously crafted, capturing the essence of the original artwork. Equipped with an award-winning automatic tourbillon movement cal. 978, this watch seamlessly blends exceptional craftsmanship and technical precision. Limited to only 18 pieces, it is a true collector’s item that embodies the fusion of fine watchmaking and the world of art.

Lot 267

Cartier, Ref. HPI01203, Rencontre de Panthères,
18K white gold

Estimate: HK$ 680,000 – 900,000

Cartier takes its exploration of complications to new heights with the Rencontre de Panthères watch. Breaking tradition, Cartier showcases the inner workings of the movement on the dial, revealing the oscillating weight in a captivating display. The dial features two panthers engaged in a fierce battle over a diamond ring, symbolizing the power and intensity of time. As the wearer’s wrist moves, the oscillations charge the barrel, which powers the watch’s heart.

18K white gold case with set with 395 brilliant-cut diamonds totalling 5.85 carats; Panther motif set with 288 brilliant-cut diamonds totalling 0.74 carats, marquise-cut emerald eyes, black lacquer spots, two-tone hands in rhodium-finish steel and black. This fusion of aesthetics and function delivers a masterful blend of style and refinement. The intricate details of the panthers’ faces, ears, and spots demonstrate Cartier’s commitment to graphic excellence.

Lot 153

Audemars Piguet, Ref. 26221FT.OO.D002CA.01,
Royal Oak Concept Laptimer Michael Schumacher, Forged Carbon, Limited Edition of 221 Pieces

Estimate: HK$ 800,000 – 1,300,000

Designed with motorsport enthusiasts in mind, the Royal Oak Concept Laptimer features a unique laptimer chronograph function. This innovative feature allows drivers to measure and record individual lap times during races or track sessions. With its double central second hands and flyback capability, it enables precise timing, making it an indispensable tool for professional racing.

The forged carbon case provides strength and durability, while the curved sapphire crystal ensures optimal visibility and protection. The black openworked dial showcases a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, while the luminescent-coated white gold Royal Oak hands enhance legibility in any lighting condition.

Limited to only 221 pieces, this timepiece pays tribute to the legendary Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher. Schumacher’s pursuit of perfection and his relentless drive for success perfectly align with the spirit of the Royal Oak Concept Laptimer.

Lot 271

Audemars Piguet, Ref. 26265FO.OO.D002CR.01,
Royal Oak Concept Carbon Tourbillon Chronograph, Forged Carbon

Estimate: HK$ 700,000 – 1,000,000

Introduced in 2008, the Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Concept Carbon Tourbillon Chronograph is an evolution of the Royal Oak Concept collection, which was unveiled in 2002 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the iconic Royal Oak collection. The watch’s case is crafted from an extremely dense carbon, resulting in an ultra-lightweight, robust structure that can withstand thermal shocks. In a display of inventive material usage, the timepiece incorporates new elements from the aviation and automotive industries, including eloxed aluminum, PVD coating, amorphous carbon coating, and ceramics. The watch packs a punch with its horological functions, boasting a tourbillon, a 10-day power reserve with an indicator, and a high-performance chronograph, showcasing the brand’s commitment to precision and performance.

Lot 270

Lange & Söhne, Ref. 145.032, Zeitwerk Striking Time, 18K pink gold

Estimate: HK$ 650,000 – 1,000,000

The A. Lange & Söhne’s Zeitwerk Striking Time was launched in the year 2011. It was the first Lange wristwatch with a chiming mechanism that acoustically indicates the full and quarter hours. Its unique features include a jumping numerals display and a visible striking mechanism. The striking mechanism chimes every quarter-hour and full hour, producing a high-pitched tone and a vigorous, lower pitched tone respectively.

Lot 268

F.P. Journe, Octa Lune, Platinum

Estimate: HK$ 500,000 – 880,000

The F.P.Journe Octa Lune combines technical excellence with poetic elegance. The watch’s automatic movement 1300-2, crafted in 18K rose gold, offers a remarkable power reserve of over five days. The moon phase complication, with its intricately crafted 18K gold moon and stars against a deep blue background, adds a touch of enchantment to the watch. The guilloché silver subdials, blued hands, and steel rings further enhance its visual appeal.

Lot 145

Hublot, Ref. 304.PX.1180.LR,
Big Bang Minutes Repeater Tourbillon,
18K pink gold, Limited Edition of 10 pieces

Estimate: HK$ 330,000 – 580,000

Crafted around 2015, this exceptional watch features two impressive complications, a tourbillon and a minute repeater. The 18K pink gold case and bezel, complemented by titanium screws, exude a timeless elegance. With only 10 pieces ever produced, and this particular watch numbered 0, it holds a special place in the world of luxury timepieces.


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 several auctions a year in Geneva and Hong Kong, with previews held in major cities worldwide. Antiquorum maintains offices in Geneva, Hong Kong, Monaco, Milan, Paris, Munich, Shanghai, Singapore and Bangkok.



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