A Virtual Preview: Highlights from Antiquorum NY’s 10 March Auction >>> Feb 14, 2011 – 11:23 PM Go to previous message
Dear Friends,

On March 10th, Antiquorum New York will hold its first auction of the year, the “Important Collectors’ Wristwatches, Pocket Watches & Clocks” Sale featuring:

* The star of the show – a unique, previously unknown Patek Philippe Minute Repeating wristwatch from a descendant of the original owner, retailed by Cartier
* Impressive, highly complicated Jaeger LeCoultre wristwatches, including a breathtaking Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2 in platinum and two Master Minute Repeaters
* Several modern and vintage Patek Philippe perpetual calendar wristwatches, including a ref. 3448, a rare ref. 3450/1 on bracelet, and 3940P

Included in this photo report are sound recordings of seven minute repeaters in this sale. Please click the photos below to hear them…

Part 4 of this report includes a selection of affordable and what I believe to be interesting watches available in this auction.

If you’re near an area where an auction preview will be held, I encourage you to make your way to a preview to see these superb watches. There are watches available at nearly all price ranges beginning at under $1000, and Antiquorum provides a welcoming preview environment that allows one to examine and try on so many different watches with no pressure to purchase.

Thanks to Nate Borgelt and Charles Tearle of Antiquorum NY who kindly assisted me in taking these photos for the TimeZone community.

Please forgive the fingerprints, dust marks, and less-than-ideal lighting. All photos were taken hand held using a Canon 5D Mark II, the Canon 100 mm f/2.8 macro lens, and a 580EX flash.

Lot 34: Christiaan van der Klaauw, Astrolabium 2000
Featuring an incredible astronomic dial with magnificent, hand-engraved hands, this highly complicated van der Klaauw indicates:
* Equinoctial time
* Local time
* Months
* Signs of the zodiac
* Elevation and azimuth of the sun and moon on the planisphere
* Diurnal and nocturnal hours
* Phase of the moon, and aspect of the sun and the moon in relation to each other
Made in 2005, the case houses a Jochen Benzinger hand-engraved and modified ETA 2824 movement, and measures 40 mm in diameter, with a thickness of 14.5 mm.

Estimate: $15,000 – 20,000

Lot 35: Manufacture Contemporaine Du Temps (MCT), Sequential One
A mesmerizing and impressive watch by the young, independent brand, MCT. Released in 2009, three years following the establishment of the brand, time is indicated using a complex and unique jump hour mechanism. Minutes are indicated on a 3/4 circle sapphire crystal dial that rotates at the change of every hour. Under the dial’s opening, the hours are indicated on revolving prisms, found at 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 9 o’clock. The 18 karat rose gold cushion-shaped case measures 45 mm in diameter, with a thickness of 15 mm.

Estimate: $25,000 – 35,000

Lot 42: Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar, Ref. 5039
The ref. 5039 is an uncommon and discontinued Patek perpetual featuring a bezel that is decorated with two rows of “clous de Paris” engravings, similar to the famous ref. 3919 and ref. 5919 Calatravas. This 18 karat white gold example was made in 2000. The case measures 35 mm in diameter, with a thickness of 9 mm.

The cal. 240 self-winding movement can be seen through the snap-down sapphire crystal caseback…

Estimate: $25,000 – 35,000

Lot 51: Rolex Explorer, Ref. 1016 with “Tropical”, Underline Dial
With a glossy/gilt dial that’s aged to a pleasing brownish color, an effect known as “tropical” to collectors, this Explorer was made in 1964 and is accompanied by its original box, guarantee papers, and chronometer rating. The dial features a highly desirable underline, beneath the “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” text found at 6 o’clock.

Estimate: $9,000 – 11,000

Lot 74: Patek Philippe, Early Wristwatch
A beautiful early Patek wristwatch made in 1929, it features a white enamel dial (with hairline cracks, unfortunately) with black Breguet numerals and blued steel spade hands. The four-body case with inner cuvette measures 31 mm in diameter, with a thickness of 10 mm.

Estimate: $10,000 – 15,000

Lot 78: Omega Chronograph in Steel
A vintage Omega chronograph made in 1942 with a stunning mulit-scale, multi-color dial. The case measures 37 mm in diameter, with a thickness of 12 mm.

Estimate: $6,000 – 8,000

Lots 95 and 170: Audemars Piguet John Schaeffer Minute Repeaters
Two of three AP minute repeating wristwatches in this sale, these two are housed in a 33 mm by 41 mm John Schaeffer case. The first, lot 95, is housed in a stainless steel case with two apertures on the dial side – jumping hours at 12 o’clock and revolving minutes at 6 o’clock. Made in only three examples in the early 1990s.

Estimate: $27,000 – 37,000

The second, lot 170, is cased in platinum and features a sapphire crystal dial allowing a clear view into the movement’s open-worked bottom plate. Its movement is made of pink gold, and is fully hand-engraved and skeletonized. One of 25 made in 1994. Click the first picture to hear it…

Estimate: $40,000 – 60,000

Lot 99: Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar, Ref. 3940P
Now discontinued, the ref. 3940 was produced beginning in 1985 and is/was considered by many to be the quintessential complicated modern Patek watch. Reasonably sized at 36mm in diameter, with a very slender thickness of only 8mm due in part to the use of the ultra-thin Patek caliber 240 as the movement base. This platinum example dates to 2001, and comes with its original boxes and papers.

Estimate: $40,000 – 50,000

Lot 100: Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2
An exquisite and spectacular Reverso by JLC, it features a spherical, dual-axis tourbillon, 24-hour indicator, and a power reserve of 50 hours. The outer cage of the tourbillon rotates at a speed of one rotation per minute, while the inner cage rotates at a speed of one rotation over 18.75 seconds. This example, in 18 karat white gold, is number 52 of a limited edition of 75.

The massive reversible case, which measures 36 mm x 56 mm x 16mm, requires a sliding lock in the band to prevent it from accidentally dislodging…

The escapement’s balance wheel is made of 14 karat gold, and is regulated by a cylindrical hairspring…

Power reserve indicator is on the reverse side of the movement…

Some details of the movement…

Estimate: $220,000 – 270,000