On November 15 at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues, Geneva, Christie’s will present 387 lots, including “A Connoisseur’s Vision Part III”, which together with Parts I and II, represent the most important private Patek Philippe collection ever offered at auction, and the most expensive collection ever sold. The star of this sale is an exceptionally rare 18K pink-gold, two-crown worldtime wristwatch, ref. 2523, with 24 hour indication and blue enamel dial by Patek Philippe.
Manufactured in 1953, Lot 114 was originally retailed in Milan in 1957, as confirmed by the accompanying Extract from the Archives. This is the 35.5mm “large version” of the reference, and only 14 examples are known to have come to auction. The estimate is approximately $1.5 million to $2.5 million.
Lot 234 is an 18K pink gold Patek Philippe perpetual calendar chronograph with moon phases, ref. 2499, manufactured in 1957. This piece has been consigned by the family of the original owner, who purchased it in 1961. Only seven rose gold reference 2499 second series are known, and this is the only example with date disks in German. The estimate is $827,000 to $1.241 million.
Lot 328 is a study in simple elegance: an 18K gold Patek Philippe split seconds chronograph with two-tone pulsation dial. This ref. 1563 was originally manufactured in 1940, and upgraded to the present case in 1943. The estimate for this 35mm beauty is $600,000 to $1 million.
This Rolex 18K gold triple calendar chronograph, ref. 6036, was manufactured in 1952. The movement is a Valjoux 72C, and the silvered dial with luminous accents is original. The case is exceptionally sharp. Reference 6036 is the third generation of the “Dato Compax” Oyster triple calendar chronograph. The estimate is $155,000 to $258,000.
I am partial to asymmetrical watches, so this Patek Philippe ref. 3412, produced in 1961, is a personal favorite.This piece is accompanied by the hand-drawn designs of the watch as illustrated in the catalog, made and signed by the designer, Gilbert Albert. The estimate is $82,000 to $124,000.
This Rolex GMT Master ref. 6542 was produced in 1958. Early generation GMT Masters were primarily produced in stainless steel, making gold examples quite rare. This example, with bakelite bezel, is estimated at $72,000 to $103,000.
See the complete online catalog at www.christies.com.