Antiquorum HK Office (May 11th, 2020) — On Sunday 10th, Antiquorum, the world’s premier auctioneers of modern and vintage timepieces, established in Geneva in 1974, hosted a premium online auction for the second time of the year.
Indeed, earlier, on March 21st, Antiquorum became the first major auction house to host a confined auction broadcasting online in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
At the beginning of the Session 1 of the auction, Antiquorum was honored to present an elegant selection of Chopard watches starting from lot 24, sold for the benefit of the Po Leung Kuk Group Charity.
1,285,625 HKD (CHF 161,307) has been raised to provide multifaceted and quality social, educational, recreational and cultural services to the less fortunate children of the region.
Antiquorum is also proud to set a new World Record with the exceptional limited edition of 400 pieces from Cartier “Crash Watch, 1991” in 18K yellow gold (lot 192).
Provided with its original box, instruction booklet and certificate of origin, the auction house achieved a record-breaking for “Crash Watch, 1991” watch at HKD 812,500 (CHF 101,865).
Demonstrating the strength of Patek Philippe, three of the top ten sales were of this brand’s watches. The top-selling lot was a Ref. 5204 (lot 251) a rarely-seen Patek Philippe, chronograph and perpetual calendar in 18K pink gold with a black dial and an integrated 18K pink gold Patek Philippe bracelet. This remarkable piece attracted a lot of attention and got hammered for HKD 1,750,000 (CHF 219,517).
A first place on the podium shared with the “Jules Audemars”, “Grande Complication Automatique” from Audemars Piguet, a skeleton automatic movement featuring a minute-repeater chronograph, perpetual calendar, leap year indication and moon phases. The 44 mm. pink gold case is integrated with a gorgeous 18K pink gold bracelet, definitely a wristwatch to be worn and admire everyday by its lucky owner sold for HKD 1,750,000 (CHF 219,517).
Antiquorum also presented some exquisite IWC timepieces, reaching interesting results, especially the notable lot 261, a very fine and rare 50 pieces limited edition Ref. 3770 oversized platinum perpetual calendar minute-repeater chronograph wristwatch with moon phase sold for HKD 650,000 (CHF 81,541), 2
but also lot 167 Ref. 5004-22 « Big Pilot » « Edition Antoine de Saint-Exupéry » gone at three times its low estimate (HKD 56,250 or CHF 7,056).
Always in great demand by collectors, Rolex pieces were well represented and the experts would like to highlight the very rare and collectible lot 85 hammered at HKD 450,000 ( CHF 56,485) reaching more then twice its low estimate. This Rolex, Ref. 3525 is know as the “prisoners watch” offered after the war to POW’s (“prisoner of war”). While the majority of the dials are either white or salmon in colour, black dials are the rarest.
The online auction had the particularity to feature many unusual and diverting wristwatches.
It was the case of the lot 183, the tenth top lot of the auction, a Girard-Perregaux in platinum Ref. 99190, “Three golden bridges” tourbillon regulator; “Tribute to Enzo Ferrari”. This limited edition of 349 pieces marked in 2002 the decade of the collaboration between Ferrari and Girard-Perregaux.
Another car related collaboration timepiece is the Breitling Ref. 1806 Morgan 8 Drivers Europe in Steel. This unusual Navitimer especially made for the European Morgan 8 club member features the exotic car brand logo on the dial.
Both lots were attributed without any doubt to mechanic lovers at HKD 487,500 (CHF 61,133) for lot 183 and HKD 23,750 (CHF 2,979) for the lot 218.
Among the pocket watch selection, Antiquorum was pleased to offer the outstanding lot 233, a Longines double-faced chronograph pocket watch made to measure very high speeds. The main dial was for measuring sailing races, running and car races, the reverse dial was for aviation and scientific measurements over 240 km/h. It captured the heart of a vintage watch lover for HKD 87,500 (CHF 10,989).
Another remarkable pocket watch is the lot 313 Eberhard Large pocket watch, chronograph, minute recorder; so-called “Racing”; stainless steel from the early 30s in a spectacular mint condition sold for HKD 81,250 (CHF 10,202) twice its low estimate.
To conclude the auction, Antiquorum, which opened its first jewelry department six months ago, unveiled a selection of fine jewelry pieces from the most prestigious jewelry maisons but also some rare and first-rate stones provided with GIA certificates.
Among them, collectors were thrilled by an unsigned platinum and 18K yellow gold ring set with a splendid 6.18 carats fancy light yellow diamond internally flawless flanked with two grace-cut white diamonds. Lot 452 sold for HKD 475,000 (CHF 59,600).
After an unprecedent Hong Kong May online auction, Antiquorum will host back its precious and loyal collectors on June 28th and 29th in Geneva for the next vintage and contemporary watches promising a selection of the most sought-after timepieces unearthed by the international expert team.