News and Events August 22, 2003 admin
Tourbillon watches to highlight Antiquorum’s New York auction in May Auction: May 21-22, New York
New York, NY— Antiquorum’s sale of Collector’s Pocket Watches, Wristwatches & Clocks on Wednesday, May 21st and A-auction online of Thursday, May 22nd offers collectors a dynamic selection of over 400 vintage and modern timepieces. Viewings have been scheduled in Beverly Hills at the Grand Havana Room and in New York at the Tourneau TimeMachine and the Grand Havana Room.
The selection offered for auction on May 21st is highlighted by several tourbillion wristwatches which exemplify the exceptional craftsmanship of the most prominent manufacturers. The property of a private West Coast Collector, all watches are from the 1990’s, in excellent condition, and accompanied by their original boxes and certificates. The star lot is an 18K pink gold, A. Lange & Söhne, Tourbillon “Pour le Mérite”, No. 107/150. Featuring a visible one-minute tourbillon, this black-dialed wristwatch is extremely rare as it is part of a limited edition of 150 examples of which only 15 were released in 18K pink gold. Antiquorum’s experts have estimated this rare collector’s wristwatch to fetch US$ 80,000-100,000 / SFr. 112’000-140’000 on auction day.
Another highlight from the same collection is by Vacheron & Constantin, Genève, “Les Complications Tourbillon”, No. 250. This elegant platinum wristwatch, also with a visible one-minute tourbillon regulator and power reserve is estimated US$ 100,000-120,000 / SFr. 140,000-170’000.
Other tourbillon wristwatches certain to attract attention include an 18K pink gold Breguet, Ref. 3350. This watch also features a visible one-minute tourbillon and is estimated US$ 35,000-40,000/ SFr. 49’000-56’000. For the Girard-Perregaux collector, a yellow gold “Tourbillon sous trois Ponts d’Or”, No. 24, is certain to capture interest. This rare collector’s wristwatch, estimated US$ 35,000-45,000 / 49’000-63’000, features a visible tourbillion regulator under three 18K pink gold bridges. Several Blancpain wristwatches are up for auction including an 18K pink gold tourbillon wristwatch, No. 42. Featuring an 8-day power-reserve, this fine collector’s watch is estimated US$ 25,000-30,000 / SFr. 35’000-42’000.
Other modern wristwatches on the auction block include a Ulysse Nardin, Locle & Genève, “GMT Perpetual Chronometer”, No. 36/500. This center-seconds, self-winding, 18K pink gold gentleman’s wristwatch with perpetual calendar is estimated US$ 14,000-18,000 / SFr. 20’000-25’000, and will undoubtedly attract the attention of bidders. [See image: “Ulysse Nardin”]
International Watch Company is represented in the auction by a “Da Vinci Rattrapante”, Ref. 3754, from the 1990’s. Antiquorum has estimated this astronomic, self-winding, yellow gold gentleman’s wristwatch with round button split-seconds chronograph, register, perpetual calendar, moon phases, and 44 hours autonomy at US$ 11,000-15,000/ SFr. 15’000-20’000. [See image: “IWC”]
While the majority of watches offered for sale are modern, the auction does features an important number of vintage watches, of which one highlight is an 18K yellow gold, rectangular curved, Patek Philippe wristwatch from 1912. Retailed by Tiffany & Co, and sold in 1925, this wristwatch offers an interesting provenance. In its original condition, this watch is believed to have been owned by the famous Montana Senator “Thomas J. Walsh”, (1859-1933), the case of which is engraved in his name. This watch is estimated US$ 30,000-40,000 / SFr. 42’000-56’000.
The A-auction of May 22nd, 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 traditional auction, together with the e-catalogue for the A-auction will be posted on www.antiquorum.com approximately 2 weeks before the auction date. As soon as both catalogues are available online, clients can register for online bidding. With the use of a paddle and a PIN number, clients have the option of placing absentee bids directly on the site, 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. For this service, no advance registration is required.