For Immediate Release
April 27, 2016
Rare Patek Philippe & Extraordinary Selection of Pocket Watches Offered in Antiquorum's May Auction
Geneva, April 26, 2016 – Antiquorum Auctioneers is excited to present its May 15th auction of “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces” at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Geneva. The impressive collection encompasses 478 outstanding timepieces, including a rarely seen Patek Philippe Ref. 3651, an exceptional selection of pocket watches from leading brands and numerous highly sought-after Rolex wristwatches. Previews will be held in Hong Kong and Geneva.
Highlighting the sale is the extremely rare Patek Philippe Ref. 3651 Chronograph, only the fourth example ever to appear at auction. Made in 1961 and cased in 1986, this is a fine and exceptionally rare 18K gold wristwatch with chronograph, register and tachometer. It is accompanied by correspondence between the owner and Patek Philippe and two extracts from the archives.
Estimate: CHF 75,000 – 95,000
Another remarkable timepiece offered is the Rolex Ref. 6265 in Yellow Gold. Rarely worn and offered in outstanding condition, this 18K gold wristwatch features a round button chronograph, registers and tachometer with an 18K yellow gold Rolex bracelet.
Estimate: CHF 70,000 – 90,000
Among the collection of exceptional pocket watches presented is the Musical Summer Bouquet in Enamel and Gold Attributed to Piguet & Meylan. Signed by Charman in London and made for the Chinese Market in 1820, this is a very fine and large musical 18K gold painted on enamel and pearl-set pocket watch playing music on the hour at will.
Despite being of entirely Swiss craftsmanship, the present watch was made in the English style as English made goods were regarded by the Chinese as superior during that period. It was ordered by Charman in London with the intention of exporting it to China. Interestingly, when the London watchmakers ordered watches from Switzerland, their movements were made to appear English-made, although the case was decorated with enamel with the intention of appealing to the Chinese market.
Estimate: CHF 55,000 -75,000
Vacheron Constantin enthusiasts will be drawn to the Vacheron & Constantin One Minute Tourbillon First Prize Winner at the Geneva Observatory. Made in 1931, this is an extremely rare and important 18K gold, keyless pocket watch with one minute tourbillon regulator and Guillaume balance, specially adjusted for the 1931 Geneva Conservatory prize.
Estimate: CHF 50,000 – 70,000
Also on the auction block is the Urban Jurgensen & Sonner by Derek Pratt Twin Barrel Tourbillon Power Reserve in Yellow Gold. Made circa 1980, this is a fine and rare, large 18K yellow gold open face pocket watch with one-minute tourbillon and power reserve.
Derek Pratt is among the geniuses of the world of horology on par with Antide Janvier, Abraham Louis Breguet, Ferdinand Berthoud, Harrisson and George Daniels. Educated at the National College of Horology, his interests were both in horology and light aircrafts. Although he didn’t complete his course of study, he worked for many years with his former school director on a black box clock for aircrafts and on micro-electronics. Eventually he moved to Switzerland where his career in watchmaking continued to flourish. A close friend of George Daniels, he was intensely involved in the development of the co-axial escapement and developed the thin version of the escapement as well as a number of wheels for George Daniels watches. The present lot is a great example of his attention to detail and an important testament to his genius.
Estimate: CHF 50,000 – 70,000
Breguet and marine chronometer collectors will be competing for the Breguet No. 3118 Chronometer with Reaumur Thermometer. Sold to the French army in 1821 for 2,400 francs, this is an early, extremely rare, 2 day going deck chronometer with Earnshaw escapement and metallic thermometer. It is further accompanied by the Breguet certificate dated 1957 and original key.
Estimate: CHF 40,000 – 60,000
Finally, Antiquorum experts are pleased to present the Bovet Enamel Fancy Birds in Gold Made for the Chinese Market. Made circa 1835, this is a very fine and important 18K gold and painted on enamel center-seconds watch with duplex escapement.
The back enamel panel is finely painted scene depicting two colorful wild birds one on the ground, the other resting on foliage with a cloudy sky in the background. The bezel is decorated with light blue and red flowers; and the pendant and bow adorned with black enamel decoration.
Estimate: CHF 30 ...