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Geneva auctions: Antiquorum
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Geneva auctions: Antiquorum

Wednesday, 02 November 2011
By Danièle Chambas
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In May and in November, Antiquorum traditionally gets the Geneva auction season under way. No fewer than 603 lots will come under the hammer on November 13th.

The star of the show, and of the catalogue cover, will also be last to take the stage: an exceptional Patek Philippe pink gold pocket watch from 1890. Almost certainly unique, it has never previously been sold at auction. Offered in almost untouched condition, it features a perpetual calendar, moon phases and lunar calendar, as well as full 24-hour repeating and special five-minute repeating. It is accompanied by the original certificate of origin and the Patek Philippe sales receipt. The watch was sold in 1894 to Monsieur E. Hoesch in Naples for CHF 3,750, and is expected to fetch well in excess of its estimate of CHF 200-300,000 (USD 215-325,000/€165-245,000).

As always, Antiquorum will be offering a vast array of vintage and modern wristwatches by Audemars Piguet, Breguet, Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Longines, Omega, Patek Philippe (including eight star lots), Rolex, Universal and Vacheron Constantin. A number of pocket watches will also be on the block, not least a Lange & Söhne in red gold, dated 1884, one of three examples made, eight watches belonging to a Japanese collector and all fresh to market, table clocks including three by Jaeger-LeCoultre, and seven erotic watches, a genre that performed well at the auction on March 27th this year. In a word, something for all tastes and at all prices.

Worth noting are two exceptionally rare Patek Philippe wristwatches: Ref. 1518, 1st series, 1948, in yellow gold with complications, estimated at CHF 200-300,000 (USD 215-325,000/€165-245,000), and the “World Time” Ref. 5131G, 2010, in white gold with cloisonné enamel dial (lot 582), estimated CHF 100-150,000 (USD 110-165,000/€80-125,000). Equally noteworthy is the Rolex Ref. 6284 “Two Americas” in yellow gold with a cloisonné dial by Marguerite Koch of which only six were made, in 1950 (lot 597, est. CHF 80-140,000/USD 90-150,000/€65-115,000). The total estimate for the sale is CHF 7 to 8 million.

Viewing: November 10-12, 10am-7pm, 3 rue du Mont-Blanc, Geneva
Sale: Sunday November 13, 10am (lots 1 to 176) and 1.30pm, Mandarin Oriental Hôtel du Rhône, 1, Quai Turrettini, Geneva.
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