Geneva May 13th 2018 Antiquorum Sale of Important modern and vintage timepieces
Despite the strong presence of the Asian market – one third of the total bidders, the biggest collectors winning the most important timepieces were Europeans.
Several lots marked the day, like the breathtaking Skymoon Tourbillon Patek Philippe with Ref. 5002 [Lot 200], which was sold brand new from the original owner for CHF 1’049’000.
The Lifesaver’s Rolex GMT with Ref.6542 [Lot 607] in spectacular condition reached CHF 329’000. In other words, tripling its lower estimate. “My honor and absolute pleasure to be presenting this extremely rare timepiece today” said Mr Julian Schaerer, managing director, watch expert and auctioneer, while opening the bidding for it. Nevertheless, this wasn’t the only lot going for a lot higher than its estimate. The Chiming Jump Hour Patek Philippe with Ref.5275P made for the 175th anniversary, ended up making four times its lower estimate selling for CHF 377’000.
One of the biggest attractions of the sale, was the Daytona section, in which several rare pieces of the iconic Rolex model, were put together to the enjoyment of international collectors. The John Player Special Rolex with Ref. 6241 was definitely the highlight of the Daytona section, making almost the double of its bottom estimate selling for CHF 569’000.
“A very successful day” stated Mr Romain Rea, CEO of Antiquorum “The day was full of pleasant surprises”, added Mr Giulio De Lucia. When asked about what the Antiquorum difference is compared to its competitors, Mr Rea referred to the history and openness of the company: “Our company is based on our passion for horology. The market knows how multifaceted we are. We accept to represent anything that has to do with our passion. Above all, what makes us stand out is our roots. Horology is our roots, which have led us in the past and will lead us in the future to thrive”.
Antiquorum will be coming together with Monaco Legend on the 17-18-19 July 2018, for a very special sale. It will not only include high end jewels and timepieces, but also for the first time globally a combined sale of cars and watches. This will be a celebration of the 55th anniversary of two iconic products of the 20th century: the Daytona Rolex and the 911 Porsche. The icing on the cake? A 911 made by the sculptor Richard Orlinski, gifted to go under the hammer for Princess Charlene of Monaco charity works
Geneva May 13th 2018 Antiquorum Sale of Important modern and vintage timepieces
Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces & Jewelry
25th November 2023 (Sat) | 3pm Hong Kong time
Venue: Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road, Central Hong Kong.
Online Registration: www.antiquorum.swiss
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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