News and Events August 13, 2003 admin
Antiquorum to Open Its Fall Auction Season in New York
New York, NY—Antiquorum will open its fall season with a sale of Collector’s Wristwatches, Pocket Watches & Clocks on Wednesday, September 24th followed by an A-auction online on Thursday, September 25th. Both auctions will feature a vibrant collection of over 300 modern and vintage timepieces, certain to peak the interest of the serious and amateur collector. Viewings will be held in Beverly Hills and New York.
Over 75 brands are expected to hit the auction block, including an important number of wristwatches by the Parisian “watch-architect”, Alain Silberstein. The contemporary style and design of this former interior architect and designer, turned watchmaker, is reflected in a set comprising two unique wristwatches made in 1996 for an important Asian collector, dubbed “The Marine Day Tourbillon” and “The Marine Night Tourbillon”. Both one-of-a-kind watches, in brushed stainless steel, feature a visible one-minute tourbillon regulator and are each estimated to realize US$ 65,000-85,000 (SFr. 85’000-110’000) on auction day.
Other highly desirable wristwatches include two examples from Patek Philippe, Ref. 5039. These rare, astronomic, self-winding wristwatches feature a perpetual calendar, and moon phase. The example in yellow gold has been estimated US$ 24,000-28,000 (SFr. 32’000-36’000) and the white gold example is estimated US$ 26,000-30,000 (SFr. 34’000-39’000).
Audemars Piguet is represented in the auction by an elegant, rectangular-shaped “Canapé Tourbillon” wristwatch in 18K pink gold. Only 25 examples of this model were produced by the manufacturer in 2000, making it a true collector’s item. It will undoubtedly fetch US$ 54,000-64,000 (SFr. 70’000-83’000) on auction day.
From the 1970’s are two skeletonized pocket watches by Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe. The first, an 18K white gold and diamonds keyless dress watch is estimated US$ 10,000-12,000 (SFr. 13’000-15’000) and the second, by Patek Philippe, is in 18K yellow gold and estimated US$ 21,000-23,000 (SFr. 27’000-29’000).
The A-auction of September 25th, Antiquorum’s version of an e-auction, will include an array of collectible wristwatches spanning past decades. Many watches will be offered without reserve, representing an excellent opportunity for all types of collectors.
The printed catalogue for the auction of the 24th, together with the e-catalogue for the A-auction will be posted on Antiquorum’s site approximately 2 weeks before the auction. Once the catalogue is available on www.antiquorum.com clients can register for online bidding. With the use of a paddle and a PIN number, clients have the option of placing absentee bids before the auction or bidding interactively on auction day. For the A-auction, faxed absentee bids are also accepted. For those collectors who are simply interested in following the auction lot by lot, a live internet broadcast will take place on auction day. This service is free of charge and no advance registration is required.
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