On February 26 at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong, Antiquorum will present 452 modern and vintage timepieces including a collection of rare and highly complicated Jaeger-LeCoultre watches and a Patek Philippe reference 3939 in pink gold. Previews will be held in Shanghai (2/14), Beijing (2/16), Singapore (2/19) and Hong Kong (2/23-25). Learn more about the top lots inside.
Among the highlights of the sale are three outstanding Jaeger-LeCoultre timepieces to be sold individually. Originally sold as a set, the collection, produced in 2009, has remained in the hands of a private collector and will be offered at auction for the first time in Antiquorum’s February 26th sale. The set includes the following pieces:
A Jaeger-LeCoultre white gold Gyrotourbillon One, No.02/20. This exceptional and highly complicated timepiece is an 18K white gold perpetual calendar bi-retrograde date spherical tourbillon wristwatch with equation of time and leap year calendar. It is accompanied by a fitted box and magnifying glass. The pre-sale estimate is HKD 1,900,000 – 2,300,000.
A Jaeger-LeCoultre white gold Gyrotourbillon Two, No. 02/20. This extraordinary watch is a large 18K white gold reversible spherical tourbillon wristwatch and is offered with a fitted box, guarantee certificate, instruction booklet and magnifying glass. The pre-sale estimate is HKD 1,400,000 – 1,700,000.
A Jaeger-LeCoultre White Gold Reverso “Triptyque” Grand Complication No. 02/20. This rare example is an 18K white gold perpetual calendar retrograde date, triple-dial reversible tourbillon wristwatch with equation of time, civil time, sidereal time and sky chart and is accompanied by the original fitted box, guarantee certificate, instruction booklet and magnifying glass. The estimate is HKD 2,300,000 – 3,000,000.
Patek Philippe collectors will want to bid on the reference 3939 in pink gold. Sold in 2010 and offered for the first time in an Antiquorum auction, this superb minute-repeating wristwatch with one minute tourbillon regulator is accompanied by an additional case back, COSC certificate and Certificate of Origin. The estimate is HKD 2,750,000 – 3,200,000.
Antiquorum will also offer this Patek Philippe ref. 1518, produced in 1946. Launched in 1941 as the world’s first production perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch, the Patek Philippe ref. 1518 is considered one of the most important developments by the company and instrumental in setting them apart from contemporary rivals. Production continued with minor variants until 1952 with a total of only 281 examples manufactured. This extremely rare 18k yellow gold wristwatch features a perpetual calendar, moon phases, square button chronograph, register and tachometer. The estimate is HKD 1,900,000 – 2,500,000.
For the IWC collector, there is the IWC “Il Destriero Scafusia” Unique Piece No. 100/125, made in 1997. It is an exceptional platinum cased minute repeating perpetual calendar wristwatch with split second chronograph, estimated to sell for HKD 1,700,000 – 2,200,000.
Also offered is the Patek Philippe ref. 5131J World Time. Released at Baselworld in 2008, the Patek Philippe world-time with cloisonne dial Ref.5131 was promoted as much as a work of art as it was for technical achievement. Each dial is handmade by an artisan trained in enameling and requires both artistic and chemical skills to mix the enamel correctly. This 18k reference was sold in 2010. It is estimated to sell for HKD 880,000 to 1,200,000.
See the complete pre-sale press release and high-resolution images of these and more timepieces at the official Antiquorum website.