FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ANTIQUORUM PRESENTS 2021 APRIL 25th
HONG KONG AUCTION
A curated selection of Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces & Jewelry
SUNDAY, APRIL 25th, 2021
From 7:00pm (Hong Kong time)
Lots 1 to 287
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Antiquorum Hong Kong
9, Queen’s Road, Central,
7th floor, RM 706 Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2522 4168
Wednesday, 21 Apr, 11:00am – 7:00pm
Thursday, 22 Apr, 11:00am – 7:00pm
Friday, 23 Apr, 11:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday, 24 Apr, 11:00 am – 7:00pm
HONG KONG (April 12th, 2020) — Antiquorum is proud to present its upcoming Hong Kong auction gathering 287 lots featuring a very fine selection of pieces from the 18th century until today.
The auction will start with a collection of modern and classical wristwatches as well as remarkable ladies’ jewelry wristwatches and noticeable table clocks such as LOT 17 and LOT 29.
LOT 17, an 18th Century lacquered and gilded wood clock. Made in the taste of Asia the timekeeper enters in the furniture trend arts existing during the reign of Louis XV, from 1730 and onwards.
LOT 29, a sumptuous star-shaped decorative clock in 18K yellow gold, most likely made by Georland for Asprey as per Antiquorum’s expertise.
8-DAY GOING, HOUR AND HALF-HOUR STRIKING, “PAGODA” MANTEL CLOCK; LACQUERED AND GILDED WOOD
Estimate: HKD 50,000 – 201,600
USD 6,500 – 25,920
CHF 6,000 – 24,000
UNSIGNED, ATTRIBUTABLE TO GEORLAND, ‘ETOILE’ DECORATIVE CLOCK 18K YELLOW GOLD AND VARIOUS PRECIOUS GEMSTONES
Estimate: HKD 240,000 – 390,000
USD 30,000 – 43,500
CHF 27,900 – 40,460
Antiquorum experts would like to highlight some unmissable lots that will go under the hammer during this live auction.
Among them, watch enthusiasts will be delighted with LOT 102.
REF. 6542, GMT-MASTER, GILT DIAL, CHAPTER RING, BAKELITE, STEEL
Estimate: HKD 350,000 – 500,000
USD 45,100 – 64,500
CHF 42,000 – 60,000
The Ref. 6542 takes its origin from the Pan Am (Pan American World Airways) commissioning Rolex to develop a watch with a second time zone for their pilots. Antiquorum will propose this very fine and rare stainless-steel GMT Master from 1957 with its original Bakelite bezel.
This model nicknamed “Pussy Galore” due to the glamourous James Bond Goldfinger character wearing it. The reference had seen its production stopped in 1959 in favor of the Ref. 1675.
REF. 6238 PRE-DAYTONA STAINLESS STEEL
Estimate: HKD 590,000 – 1,008,000
USD 75,600 – 129,600
CHF 70,000 – 120,000
1968 Rolex Chronograph Reference 6238 is considered to be “the pre-Daytona reference” powered by a Valjoux 72B. The extremely rare timepiece from 1963 carries most of the aesthetic codes of the first Daytona were already in place except for the inner tachymeter which will be on its bezel on the Daytona. It is estimated that roughly 2,000 examples were made throughout the 60’s making this reference highly collectable.
Patek Philippe connoisseurs will be thrilled by an outstanding selection in mint conditions. Encompassing the possibly unique piece LOT 130.
REF. 5207/1P-001 PERPETUAL CALENDAR, TOURBILLON, MINUTE REPEATER, PLATINUM BRACELET. FORMERLY IN THE COLLECTION OF SULTAN QABOOS BIN SAID OMAN.
Estimate: HKD 8,600,000 – 23,400,000
USD 1,100,000 – 3,000,000
CHF 1,023,000 – 2,790,000
Distinguishing itself by its Patek Philippe platinum bracelet made on special request; the REF.5207/1P-001 Grand Complication used to belong to Sultan Qaboos Bin Said (1940-2020), former Sultan of Oman. The Original Certificate mentioned that this watch was delivered to Al-Qurum Jewellery L.L.C., Muscat (Oman), and sold on December 11, 2013, to Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, Oman.
Launched at Baselworld 2008, this exceptional Grande complication was conceived, developed and realized over a period of five years, before the launch of the manufacturing process. Only a few examples were produced each year.
The reference is the only wristwatch in the current Patek Philippe collection with a minute repeater, a one-minute tourbillon regulator and an instantaneous perpetual calendar à guichets (with aperture display). This piece fully deserves its title of “Grande Complication”.
A true technical tour de force, the Calibre RTO 27 PS QI, consists of 549 components.
Without a doubt, this extraordinary lot will leave the audience speechless while the auctioneer will transition to some fascinating pocket watches like LOT 137 & LOT 138, two exceptional Pocket watches from the 19th century to be auctioned one after another.
The first one, LOT 137 signed Paul Ditisheim has the particularity to have been made in July 1898 in tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Republic of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, the cradle of the Swiss watchmaking horology.
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
Estimate: HKD 125,000 – 210,000
USD 16,200 – 27,000
CHF 15,000 – 25,000
It is no coincidence that for this historical event, the Republic has ordered a piece from Paul Ditisheim. Indeed, the local Swiss watchmaker, born in La Chaux-de-Fonds, was considered a mastermind of Swiss watch manufacturing. He worked especially on improving chronometers such as the rare lot presented. The pocket watch comes with its original and perfectly preserved accessories. A real treasure, witnessing its era.
Next lot, a very interesting Breguet open-face pocket watch, LOT 138.
HISTORICAL POCKET WATCH, QUARTER-REPEATER, RUBY-SET CYLINDER ESCAPEMENT; “RÉPÉTITION À PONTS, BOÎTE OR”; 18K YELLOW GOLD
Estimate: HKD 84,000 – 168,000
USD 10,800 – 21,600
CHF 10,000 – 20,000
The historical timepiece was sold to the “Prince de Neuchâtel”: Louis-Alexandre Berthier, on May 19th, 1813, for the amount of 2,000 Francs according to Breguet archives. The famed 1st Prince of Wagram, Sovereign Prince of Neuchâtel, Marshall of the Empire, Minister of War and Chief of Staff to Napoleon remains today one of the most important figures of the Napoleonic empire. At his death, Napoleon declared: “Nul autre n’eût pu le remplacer” meaning “No one else could have replaced him”.
Rare object at an auction, LOT 140 deserves to be highlighted indeed, this unusual Rolex travel timepiece Ref 1559 patented by Hans Wilsdorf (1881-1960) “Montre de Sac” “Sporting Prince” or “Sporting Princess” in 18K White Gold and Stainless steel.
ROLEX FOR VERGA
REF. 1559, PATENTED PURSE-WATCH, THREE-TONE SECTOR DIAL; “SPORTING PRINCE” “CHRONOMÈTRE”; 18K WHITE GOLD AND STAINLESS STEEL
Estimate: HKD 65,000 – 110,760
USD 8,300 – 14,280
CHF 7,800 – 13,280
Created to be used whilst traveling and placed upon a table it was possibly also intended to be used during sports events as its name suggest, with the watch protected in its case. The subsidiary seconds dial is signed Verga, still today official Rolex retailer based in Italy. A meaningful as new item that will for sure makes its owner travel in nostalgia.
The second part of the auction will present significant modern & vintage timepieces gathering the best of the Swiss Made watchmaking such as: Cartier, Chopard, Frank Muller, Harry Winston, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Omega, Panerai, Patek Philippe, Roger Dubuis, Rolex, Vacheron Constantin and others but also some spectacular jewelry and jewelry watches (from LOT 182 to LOT 208).
From Rolex, the second part of the auction will thrill connoisseurs, with the exceptional LOT 244, LOT 281 and LOT 282.
LOT 244, Rolex Ref. 16550, Explorer II, “Prototype” black color nipple dial in Stainless steel. Dating from circa 1986. According to the experts it is only the third time ever that this watch appears at an auction.
REF. 16550 EXPLORER II PROTOTYPE, BLACK COLOR NIPPLE DIAL, STEEL
Estimate: HKD 300,000 – 400,000
USD 38,700 – 51,600
CHF 36,000 – 48,000
LOT 281, the fine and very rare, stainless steel Rolex – Ref. 8171, referred to as the “Padellone” (the Italian word for “large frying pan”) due to its 38mm dial considerably larger than other models at the time. It is one of only two Rolex models to boast a moonphase indicator and only steel models feature the lettering “PRECISION” on it. The reference 8171 is one of the most in demand vintage Rolex watches on the market. Many consider this reference the ultimate connoisseurs watch due to its rarity and elegance.
REF. 8171, OVERSIZE, TRIPLE DATE À GUICHETS, MOON PHASES;
“PERPETUAL” “PRECISION” SO-CALLED “PADELLONE”;
Estimate: HKD 9,200,000 – 1,846,000
USD 119,000 – 238,000
CHF 110,600 – 221,200
LOT 282, exceedingly rare Rolex Ref. 6036 Anti-magnetic chronograph; so called “Jean-Claude Killy” after the French triple Olympic ski champion. It is the only Rolex model featuring a full calendar and chronograph complication. Produced in 18K yellow gold in 170 examples from 1951 to 1955. This superb timepiece, in very good condition with its original dial is expected to be a key moment for the auction.
REF. 6036, CHRONOGRAPH, MINUTE AND HOUR COUNTERS, TRIPLE DATE À GUICHETS (WITH APERTURES); “ANTI-MAGNETIC”; SO-CALLED “JEAN-CLAUDE KILLY”; 18K YELLOW GOLD
Estimate: HKD 1,300,000 – 1,600,000
USD 166,000 – 214,000
CHF 154,000 – 199,000
The Antiquorum experts also find interesting to underline the growing interest in modern luxury sports watches becoming a strong trend for future collectors in the last five years, such as Patek Philippe Nautilus LOT 266 an appealing trend, even stronger considering the Nautilus’ short time of production.
REF. 3712/1A-001, NAUTILUS, STEEL
Estimate: HKD 500,000 – 900,000
USD 64,500 – 116,100
CHF 60,000 – 108,000
Nevertheless, the everlasting appeal for classical Grand Complication timepieces will be for sure confirmed by LOT 276 F.P Journe.
OCTA CALENDRIER, PLATINUM
Estimate: HKD 450,000 – 600,000
USD 58,000 – 77,400
CHF 54,000 – 72,000
The Octa Calendrier is quintessentially an F.P Journe, in both its design language and movement. The Octa Calendrier was the first wristwatch to integrate an annual calendar with a large date, and to feature a power reserve of more than 120 hours.