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Press Release

Rare Antique Timepieces Highlight Antiquorum’s November Hong Kong Auction

For Immediate Release

Nov. 18, 2016

Rare Antique Timepieces ...

Hong Kong, November 17, 2016 - Antiquorum Auctioneers, the world’s premier auctioneers of modern and vintage timepieces, is looking forward to its November 27th auction of “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces” at Island Shangri-La Hong Kong. Collectors will have the opportunity to bid on 298 outstanding modern and vintage timepieces Among the exceptional highlights offered are “The Theater Visit,” an ivory fan with concealed clock attributed to James Cox and a Jaquet Droz early “Perpetuelle” self-winding watch made for the Chinese Market. Previews will be held in Antiquorum Hong Kong showroom from November 24th -26th.

The highlight of the auction is "The Theater Visit,” an ivory fan featuring a concealed enamel watch made for The Qing Royal family. Offered for the first time at auction, the unique and magnificent fan is attributed to James Cox. Made in the late 18th century, the 20K gold ivory, turquoise and enamel fan is engraved with an elaborate floral motif filigree. The main leaf is painted with a scene of royals visiting a lush garden and theater; and the reverse painted with landscape depicting a courtesan with her servant beside her. The fan pivot contains the watch and the back features an enamel painted scene of a landscape with a fisherman in the foreground.
Lot 298
The Theater Visit
Estimate: HKD 2,000,000 – 4,000,000

Another top highlight of the sale is the Jaquet Droz Early “Perpetuelle” Self-Winding, Pocket Watch for the Chinese Market. The present watch by the legendary maker Jaquet Droz is a rare example with an early self-winding mechanism (referred to as a “perpetuelle”) and only one or two other examples with such mechanism by Droz are known. Made circa 1785, it is a very rare gold, enamel, pearl and ruby set pocket watch with center seconds. The lavishly jeweled case and the center seconds suggest that this watch was marketed for export to China. Although made in Switzerland, the piece is signed “Jaquet Droz London” as many other of his pieces destined for the Far East at the time; a clever business strategy by Droz since pieces from London were regarded as superior quality and commanded higher prices.
Lot 297
Jaquet Droz
Estimate: HKD 620,000 – 950,000

A. Lange & Sohne enthusiasts will be vying for the A. Lange Ref 760.032 Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour Le Merite in pink gold. Made circa 2012, this is an extremely fine and rare, 18K pink gold wristwatch featuring a visible one-minute tourbillon, off-center hour dial and large central minute dial.
Lot 131
A. Lange & Sohne
Estimate: HKD780, 000-1,100,000

Another exceptional timepiece is the Audemars Piguet Ref.26152 Millenary Tourbillon Chronograph Forged Carbon. Sold in 2014, This is an extremely fine and very rare, horizontal oval, water-resistant, forged carbon wristwatch with twin white gold and palladium alloy barrels, black carbon movement with black anodized aluminum bridges, 10-day power reserve, visible one-minute tourbillon regulator, oval button chronograph, register and tachometer.
Lot 122
Audemars Piguet Ref.26152
Estimate: HKD620, 000-930,000

Also for the discerning collector, Antiquorum is pleased to offer the Vacheron Constantin, Ref. 30020/000P-7596 The Patrimony Minute Repeater in Platinum. Made in 2005 in a limited edition of 200 pieces, this is an extremely important, astronomic, minute-repeating, platinum wristwatch with perpetual calendar and moon phases.
Lot 295

Estimate: HKD800, 000-1,200,000

A. Lange & Sohne enthusiasts will be competing for The Grand Lange 1 Lumen Platinum Wristwatch, No.88/200. Sold in 2013, this is an extremely rare wristwatch with off-center hour dial, oversized date, and 72- hour power-reserve indication. Setting this exceptional wristwatch apart, a special coating on the sapphire crystal blocks most of the visible spectrum light, allowing the wearer to see the large date mechanism working while keeping the hours, minutes and seconds fully legible.
Lot 129
Vacheron Constantin, Ref. 30020/000P-7596
Estimate: HKD 360,000-600,000

Antiquorum experts are delighted to present the Maitres Du Temps Chapter Three Unique Piece with special ordered dial and hands in pink gold. Sold in April, 2016 . This unique moonphase calendar wristwatch is housed in a pink gold case fitted with the signature Voutilainen Vingt-8 hands in red and concealed panels in white revealing a second time zone and day/night indication.
Lot 118
Maitres Du Temps
Estimate: HKD 420,000-580,000

Also offered for the Patek Philippe collector is the Ref 5270P Munich Blue edition made in 50 examples. This is very rare, 18K white gold wristwatch with perpetual calendar, leap year, 24hours, moon phases and chronograph. This special edition Ref. 5270-015 was introduced in October 2013 in conjunction with the Watch Art Grand Exhibition (“KunstWerkUhr”Exhibition) presented by Patek Philippe in Munich, Germany. This version showcases an exclusive white dial with an overall print in blue and a blue chronograph hand. Other important additions to this special edition include the tachymeter scale and a “dipped-down” subsidiary dial. Only 50 examples were available and sold exclusively by the Wempe Boutique in Munich.
Lot 128
 PATEK PHILIPPE Ref. 5270G-015
Estimate: HKD600,000-800,000

Ferrari aficionados will want to bid on the Girard-Perregaux tribute to Enzo Ferrari Tourbillon,” Ref. 99190 Three Golden Bridges Tourbillon in Platinum. Made in a limited edition of 349 examples equivalent to the 349 examples of Ferrari Enzo car launched in 2002. This is an extremely fine and important, large, platinum, water resistant to 30 meters, wristwatch with one-minute tourbillon regulator under three 18K pink gold bridges, perpetual calendar, round-button chronograph, registers, day and night and 24-hour indications and tachymeter.
Lot 35
Girard Perregaux Ref. 99190
Estimate: HKD380,000-620,000

Another exceptional timepiece is the Jaeger LeCoultre Ref 341.6.06S Royal Opera Oman Enamel Dial and Baguette Diamond Bezel Minute Repeater in platinum, No. 07/24. Made in limited edition of 24 pieces circa 2015. This is an extremely fine and unusual minute repeater wristwatch featuring a Grand Feu enamel dial depicting the Royal Opera House in Muscat with an aperture to view the repeater gongs; and a sectional inner band with musical notes.
Lot 36
Jaeger-Lecoultre Ref. 341.6.06.S
Estimate: HKD380, 000-620,000

Auction & Preview
Auction: Sunday 27th November 2016
First Session: starts at 11am (Lot1 -131)
Second Session: starts at 2pm (Lot132-298)

Island Shangri-La Hong Kong
39/F, Atrium Room
Two Pacific Place
Supreme Court Road
Central, HK

Hong Kong Preview
24th – 26th November, 2016 (Thursday – Saturday)
11am- 7pm
Antiquorum Hong Kong Showroom
Unit 2505, 25/F, 9 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852-2522-4168

About Antiquorum: 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 approximately ten auctions a year in Geneva, New York and Hong Kong, with previews held in major cities worldwide. Antiquorum maintains offices in Beijing, London, Milan, Munich, Moscow, Paris, Shanghai and Tokyo. WWW.ANTIQUORUM.COM.