Antiquorum, the world’s leading auction house devoted to watches, will hold its fall “Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces” auction on October 19th at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. More than 300 timepieces will be up for bid, including several notable Patek Philippe watches and rare models from Harry Winston and Louis Vuitton. The highlight of the sale is a very rare Patek Philippe Ref. 5101P 10 Days Tourbillon in a platinum case. This Art Deco-style chronometer wristwatch has a one-minute tourbillon regulator (visible from the exhibition caseback), tandem mainspring barrels for a 10-day power-reserve, and a platinum Patek Philippe buckle. It comes accompanied by its Certificate of Origin, chronometer rating certificate, instruction booklet, leather folder, and original wood fitted box. Auction estimate: HKD 1,300,000 – 1,700,000 (all estimates are in Hong Kong dollars).
Another auction standout is the Harry Winston Opus V, No. 36/45, in 18K rose gold. The Opus V collection, a collaboration between Harry Winston and noted German watchmaker Felix Baumgartner, was launched in 2005. It is the first watch to incorporate the “Satellite Hour” display system, which uses three blocks, each carrying four numerals, that indicate the hour while spinning around two axes. (Baumgartner uses similar mechanisms nowadays in his Urwerk watches.) The model was made in a limited edition of 100 pieces, with only 45 in rose gold. It features retrograde minutes, a 122-hour power reserve, day/night display, and a Harry Winston 18K-rose-gold buckle. It comes with the original fitted box and warranty. Auction estimate: HKD 900,000 – 1,400,000.
The Patek Philippe Ref. 5131G-001 in 18K white gold, a watch first announced at Baselworld 2008, has a hand-executed cloisonné enamel dial and a world-time mechanism. This reference is only produced in small amounts every year due to the high level of complexity and difficulty in the production process. The watch, sold on June 13th, 2012, is still sealed in its service box. It is accompanied by a fitted box, Certificate of Origin, and booklets. Auction estimate: HKD 750,000 – 950,000.
An older Patek Philippe timepiece, a Patek Philippe Ref. 3970EG with round button chronograph in 18K white gold, is also equipped with a perpetual calendar, moon-phase, 24-hour indication, and leap year; it has a white-gold Patek Philippe deployant clasp. Made in 1999 and sold on January 15th , 2011, it is accompanied by the Extract from the Archives (shown below). Auction estimate: HKD 600,000 – 800,000.
Antiquorum is also offering another rare Patek Philippe watch, a Ref. 5050G in 18K white gold with perpetual calendar. This reference was the first Patek Philippe perpetual calendar wristwatch to feature a retrograde date indicator. It also includes leap year indication, moon-phases and a white-gold Patek Philippe deployant clasp. It is accompanied by the Certificate of Origin. Auction estimate: HKD 500,000 – 600,000.
The auction, which will be previewed at Antiquorum’s Hong Kong showroom from October 16 through 18, also features the Louis Vuitton Tambour unique piece specially made for the Only Watch 2011 auction; Patek Philippe’s Pendulette Dome “Fêtes des Vendanges” table clock, a unique piece with decorative closionné enamel panels originally sold in 1996; and a rare Patek Philippe Ref. 5350R with annual calendar and power reserve in rose gold, made in a special edition of only 300 pieces in 2007. There are 323 lots in total. Receive all the news, features and reviews from WatchTime for free! Sign up to our free weekly newsletter and get all the news delivered to your inbox.