THE TOURBILLON SOUVERAIN TO LEAD CHRISTIE’S HONG KONG AUCTION OF IMPORTANT WATCHES

image003-3Hong Kong  Highlighted by an exceptionally rare platinum and diamond-set ‘Tourbillon Souverain’ wristwatch created by independent watchmaker F.P. Journe circa 2008 (estimate: HK$3.2-6.4 million / US$420,000-830,000; illustrated above), Christie’s Hong Kong auction of Important Watches, to be held on 30 November, will feature some 500 lots.

The world’s most sought-after brands will be extensively represented with an unrivalled selection of Patek Philippe timepieces including the brand’s most iconic and rarest chronograph: the reference 2499. The example on offer at Christie’s, a yellow gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases is from the prestigious 4th series manufactured in 1980 (estimate: HK$2.8-4 million / US$370,000-520,000).

An equally exciting selection will be dedicated to the best independent watchmakers of our time, comprising top quality wristwatches of innovative designs and technology manufactured by F.P. Journe, M B & F, De Bethune, Richard Mille and Maîtres du Temps to name but a few.

To mark the 260th anniversary of Vacheron Constantin, a special collection of 66 timepieces has been assembled including some of the most significant models produced by the legendary Swiss manufacturer throughout its long history.

Frederic Watrelot, Head of Christie’s Asia Watch Department: “Christie’s November sale of important watches will be a celebration of innovation, heritage, expertise and artistry of the world’s most prestigious manufacturers. We have selected some 500 top quality timepieces ranging from highly complicated models by Patek Philippe to the pioneering designs and technological advances of independent watchmakers. This year also marks the 260th anniversary of Vacheron Constantin and to celebrate this occasion, Christie’s specialists curated a special section of 66 watches dedicated to a brand that has made such a significant contribution to the history of horology”.

 

Important watches at Christie’s New York on June 17

New York – Christie’s New York auction of Important Watches on June 17 will offer over 260 vintage and modern timepieces, pocket watches, and pens. Highlights include an exceptional 1903 Patek Philippe Two Train Trip Minute Repeating Split-Seconds Chronograph (Lot 118; estimate: $50,000 – $70,000; one of only three known and fresh to the market), and a unique Patek Philippe Hunter Case Pocket Watch with miniature enamel by famed artist Susan Rohr of Renoir’s Two Sisters (Lot 65; estimate: $120,000 – $180,000). This sale features a special selection of Vacheron Constantin watches, including an Important Single- Button Chronograph, formerly owned by King Alexander I of Yugoslavia (Lot 81; estimate: $40,000 – $60,000). Additional top lots include a rare Patek Philippe Reference 3424 designed by Gilbert Albert and one of only five known to come to market in white gold (Lot 57; estimate: $50,000 – $80,000), an attractive Patek Philippe Reference 2499 Third Series (Lot 185; estimate: $260,000 – 360,000), an extraordinary Rolex Submariner Reference 6538 (Lot 37; estimate $60,000 – $100,000) with a “big crown” in unpolished and original condition, and a group of special vintage Panerai watches (Lots 153, 154, and 155).

The important selection of Patek Philippe timepieces is highlighted by the Reference 2499. The reference 2499 was introduced to the market in 1950 and is acknowledged to be one of the most coveted wristwatches of all time. The Reference 2499 perfectly embodies Patek Philippe’s technological and artistic know-how, and has greatly inspired and influenced the configurations of many important wristwatches.

Moreover, this particular Reference 1518 (Lot 48; estimate: $200,000 – $400,000) was last seen at auction in 1987, marking its appearance at auction on June 17 the first time it will appear in public in nearly 30 years. The full crisp lugs and short signature on the beautiful dial make this an extremely desirable watch for the discerning collector.

In 1970, Rolex introduced two new Cosmograph Daytona models; the Reference 6262, which was manufactured for only one year in 1970, and the present example Reference 6264 (Lot 40; estimate: $80,000 – $120,000), manufactured for three years in 1970 – 1972. Both were produced in stainless steel, and only the Reference 6264 appeared on the international market also in 18k and 14k gold. Fresh to the market, the present watch is of great interest to collectors not only because of its rarity, but also because of the Tiffany & Co. signature on the dial. This remarkable example is made even special because of its original condition.

Purchased by the father of the current owners circa 1963 during a layover in Dubrovnik, the present Vacheron Constantin wristwatch (Lot 81; estimate: $40,000 –$60,000) has never before been offered at auction. In remarkable overall condition given its history, the watch is fascinating from both horological and historical perspectives. Single button chronograph wristwatches were first produced during the golden age of watchmaking in the 1920s and 30s. A true classic at the time and even today, their elegant lines and understated quality make them a trophy for any passionate collector. The original owner of the watch was King Alexander of Yugoslavia (December 16, 1888-October 9, 1934), who lived during one of the most turbulent times of the 20th Century. The provenance is confirmed in a letter from Vacheron Constantin. As a young man, Alexander spent time in Geneva schooling and one can only speculate that years later his early experiences in Switzerland could lead him to buy a Vacheron Constantin, which was known as the preferred timepiece of royalty. The present example presents a unique opportunity to collectors to own such a marvelous wristwatch with royal provenance.

Oredelmondo Christmas gift: Longines silver oversize 1925

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Longinesuna delle celebri maison dell’orologeria svizzera, è stata riscoperta dai collezionisti d’orologi d’epoca solo da una decina d’anni a questa parte. I suoi orologi militari, il Lindbergh, il Weems, il Big Indian sono iconici. I cronografi 13zn e 30ch, strappano cifre ormai ragguardevoli nelle aste di tutto il mondo. Ma il vero apice della sua produzione, Longines, l’ha raggiunto già nei primi tre decenni del secolo appena trascorso, quando i suoi orologi rivaleggiavano direttamente con i Patek Philippe e i Vacheron Constantin.

I quadranti in smalto, dei suoi cronografi calibro 13.33 e dei grandi crono Valjoux 22 GT, realizzati per lei da “ZJFlueckiger & Cie S.A. e Stern, sono l’acme dell’ascesa della produzione orologiera elvetica.

Oredelmondo propone, in anteprima, un museale orologio da polso del 1925, con doppia cassa in argento, di generosissime dimensioni, 37mm, con calibro di manifattura 15.26 con seriale 4.399.634. Lo stato di conservazione generale è eccezionale, ma ciò che toglie il fiato è lo spettacolare quadrante in smalto porcellanato assolutamente perfetto (senza alcuna filatura “hairline“) con gli indici e lancette Skeleton col il Radio originale nativo.

Un vero orologio da collezione.

Price € 2.450 (worldwide shipping included)

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Longines, one of the famous fashion house of Swiss watchmaking, has been rediscovered by collectors of vintage watches only about ten years by now. It’s military watches, the Lindbergh, the Weems, the Big Indian are iconic. Chronographs 13ZN and 30C, are top lots now in the auctions worldwide. But the real high point of its production, Longines achieved in the first three decades of the last century, when its watches directly competed with Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin.

The enamel dials, its chronograph caliber 13:33 and chrono Valjoux 22 GT, made for it by “ZJ” Flueckiger & Cie SA and Stern, are the acme of the rise of Swiss watchmaking.
OreDelMondo offers a preview of a museum 1925 wristwatch, with double silver case, the generous size, 37mm, manufacture caliber 15:26 with serial 4399634. The preservation is outstanding, but what takes your breath away is the spectacular porcelain enamel dial absolutely perfect (without any “hairline”) with index and Skeleton hands with the original native Radio.

A real collection watch.

Price € 2.450 (worldwide shipping included)

For order info@oredelmondo.com