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Rare Examples of Haute Horology Offered in Antiquorum’s November Auction

For Immediate Release

Oct. 27, 2016

Rare Examples of ...

Geneva, October 25, 2016 – Antiquorum Auctioneers is looking forward to its November 13th auction of “Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces” to be held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Geneva. There will be many exceptional highlights offered in the 559 lot sale including important and rarely seen examples from A. Lange & Sohne, Vacheron Constantin, Patek Philippe, Rolex and Breguet. Previews will be held in Hong Kong and Geneva prior to the auction.

The top highlight of the sale is the exceptional A. Lange and Sohne Tourbillon Pour Le Merite in Yellow Gold, No. 58/150. Made in a limited edition of 150 pieces in 1996, this is an extremely fine and rare 18K yellow gold wristwatch with visible one-minute tourbillon regulator and 36 hour power reserve indication. According to our research, this and only one other model (Lange’s Pour Le Merite Turbograph) is produced today using power equalization with chain and fusee, making this an exceptional opportunity for collectors to acquire an extremely rare and collectible timepiece combining extraordinary esthetic appeal, flawless execution and superb craftsmanship.
A. Lange and Sohne Tourbillon Pour Le Merite
Estimate: CHF 150,000 – 250,000

Another extraordinary highlight of the sale is the Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Skeleton Minute Repeater Limited Edition No. 8 Platinum. Produced in 2006, this is an extremely fine and important, skeletonized platinum minute-repeating wristwatch.
Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Skeleton Minute Repeater
Estimate: CHF 170,000 – 240,000.

Jaeger LeCoultre collectors will want to bid on the outstanding Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Grand Complication A Triptique Platinum No. 46/75. Made in a limited edition of 75 in platinum and sold circa 2009. This is an extremely rare and large platinum wristwatch featuring 19 complications displayed over three dials.

Introduced to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Reverso in 2006, the Triptique took over six years to develop. With 19 complications over three dials on a reversible case, this was a world’s first and gained accolade as a suitable milestone for the anniversary. Five patents were sought for the various mechanisms including a detached lever tourbillon within a titanium carriage. The astronomical sky-chart could be requested as either a northern or southern hemisphere with the sunrise and sunset times calculated to the owner’s location. The present example is currently fitted with a northern hemisphere sky and calculated to Moscow. This is the first example in platinum to be offered by Antiquorum.
Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Grand Complication
Estimate: CHF 130,000 -170,000.

Antiquorum experts are also delighted to offer the Rolex Ref. 6200 Tropical Explorer Dial in Steel. Made in 1954, this is a very rare center seconds steel diver’s wristwatch with bi-directional revolving black bezel, large 8 mm winding crown and a stainless steel Rolex Oyster riveted bracelet. This reference remains one of the most elusive and collectible big crown Submariners featuring an extremely attractive Explorer style, this watch will always be considered one of the “holy grails” for Rolex collectors.
Rolex Ref. 6200 Tropical Explorer Dial
Estimate: CHF 150,000 -200,000

Patek Philippe collectors will take note of the Patek Philippe Ref. 533 Black Dial in Pink Gold. Made in 1938, this is a very fine and rare, 18K pink gold wristwatch with square button chronograph, black dial, register and tachometer. The present example has almost never been worn since purchased at auction over twelve years ago and features an extremely rare pink gold case with original black dial as confirmed by the extract from the archives.
Patek Philippe Ref. 533
Estimate: CHF 100,000 -150,000

Also on the auction block is an Audemars Piguet Tradition D’Excellence Tourbillon Chronograph with Central Counter Power Reserve and Dynamograph in Platinum. Audemars Piguet introduced the Edward Piguet Collection Tradition d’Excellence wristwatch in 1999 to pay homage to Edward Piguet, one of the founders of the company. It was made in a limited edition of 20 examples, each featuring a different complication. This example features a tourbillon, a chronograph with central counter indication, power reserve and mainspring torque indication.
Audemars Piguet
Estimate: CHF 120,000 – 180,000

Another important Rolex offered in the November auction is the Rolex Ref. 5513 Military Submariner in Steel. Made in 1972 and issued to the British Royal Navy in 1975, it is a fine and rare, hacking center seconds stainless steel military diver’s watch with fixed bar lugs.

The Rolex Military Submariners issued to the British Royal Navy featured a dial with encircled “T” (to indicate the use of Tritium Luminescent), large sword hands, bezel calibrated to 60 minutes, movements with hacking (stop) seconds and engraved case-back with Ministry of Defense item code and issue number, additionally the full serial number to ensure the head and back remain matched. During routine servicing, often original parts were unavailable and many MilSubs found today are fitted with standard 5513 parts. A MilSub in original configuration, such as this example, that retains its correct hands, dial, bezel and case-back is very rare to find and is referred to as a Full Spec example.
Rolex Military Submariners
Estimate: CHF 90,000 – 130,000.

Also for the Rolex collector, there is a Rolex Ref. 6238 Pre-Daytona with Tropical Transitional 6234 Dial in Steel, made in 1961. From the property of the original Swiss owner and offered at auction for the first time, this rare chronograph is still equipped with the caliber 72A as found on the earlier reference 6234. The dial has aged to a gorgeous shade of brown but remaining in excellent condition with the beautifully designed tachometer and telemeter scales. Unquestionably, the nicest example to have been offered at auction in the past 20 years.
Rolex Ref. 6238 Pre-Daytona
Estimate: CHF 50,000 -80,000

The pocket watch enthusiast will be eager to acquire an outstanding Patek Philippe Geneve Pocket Watch with 7 Complications in Pink Gold. Made circa 1892, this is an extremely fine and rare, 18K pink gold, minute-repeating, keyless, hunting-cased pocket watch with perpetual calendar, chronograph, moon phases and age.
Patek Philippe Geneve Pocket Watch with 7 Complications in Pink Gold
Estimate: CHF 80,000 -120,000

For the history buffs and collectors of marine chronometrs, Antiquorum is pleased to offer the Breguet & Fils A Monsieur Baron Schickler “Horologe Marine Plate A Quatre Barillets” in Brass. Baron Schickler was the banker of the Emperor of Prussia. His personal interests, however, were centered in France. Owner of the celebrated Ritz hotel in Paris, he was also passionate about horse racing. In 1867, he purchased the ancien Chateau Martinvast in Normandy, built by William the Conquerer and created perhaps the most famous studs on France. One of his horses in particular, a thoroughbred Grey-le-Sacy, was considered to be one of the greatest racehorses of all time.

The present example is a fine and important, mahogany and brass-cased long duration marine chronometer with eccentric dials four barrels, differential winding and ratchet key and deadbeat seconds. It was sold to Mr. Schickler on August 27, 1835 for 2,500 francs and is accompanied by a Breguet certificate from July 27,1976.
Estimate: CHF 15,000 – 25,000

Auction: Sunday, November 13

Session 1 (Lots 1-212) starts at 10am
Session 2 (Lots 213- 559) starts at 2pm

Auction location:
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Salon Saint-Gervais
Quai Turrettini 1
1201 Geneva

Preview Schedule:


Antiquorum Showroom
Rm. 2505, No. 9
Queens Road Central
Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2522 4168

Friday, November 4
11am – 7pm

Saturday, November 5
11am – 7pm

3, rue du Mont-Blanc
Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: +41 (0) 22 909 28 50

Thursday, November 10
10am – 6pm

Friday, November 11
10am -6pm

Saturday, November 12
10am -7pm

Sunday, November 13
9am -5pm