The Smallest and Most Incredible Tourbillon in the World to be Sold at Antiquorum’s Geneva Watch Auction [3/26/03]
News and Events June 2, 2003 admin
The Smallest and Most Incredible Tourbillon in the World to be Sold at Antiquorum’s Geneva Watch Auction
Saturday 12 April & Sunday 13 April 2003 at the Noga Hilton, Geneva
Antiquorum, the world’s leading watch auctioneer, will hold its first European auction of the 2003 season on 12 – 13 April with a sale of Important Collector’s Watches, Wristwatches, Clocks, Horological Tools & Documents at the Noga Hilton, Geneva. The sale is expected to feature around 500 lots which can be previewed at Antiquorum’s showroom on 2 rue du Mont Blanc on 9th, 10th and 11th of April.
The smallest and most incredible tourbillon in the world, which was made by Fritz-André Robert-Charrue, Le Locle in 1945 will be featured in this sale. This unique and exceptional one-minute tourbillon regulator watch in a pink gold exhibition case, measures just 24mm in diameter and is expected to fetch in excess of SFr. 400’000 – 600’000 ($ 291’971 – 437’956). (Image: Smallest tourbillon)
Other highlights of the sale include several wristwatches with three of the most unusual being: an exceptionally rare Patek Philippe, Ref. 530, chronograph in stainless steel, circa 1945, estimated to fetch SFr 700’000-900’000 ($ 510’949 – 656’934) (Image: PP Ref 530); a Patek Philippe, Ref. 2597, two-time zone wristwatch in yellow gold which is estimated to fetch SFr 160’000-200’000 ($ 116’788 – 145’985) (Image: PP Ref 2597); and a rare black dial Patek Philippe, Ref. 96, Calatrava with the much sought-after Breguet numerals in gold, made in 18K yellow gold, circa 1935, which was featured on page 174 in the latest edition of the “Patek Philippe Book”, by Martin Huber and Alan Banbery which is expected to fetch SFr 15’000-20’000 ($ 10’949 – 14’599). (Image: PP Ref 96)
Pocket Watches to look out for in the sale include: a Grand Complication Patek Philippe, Ref. 935, of which only two examples were ever made. This impressive Savonette/Hunting case pocket watch made in 1984, is in yellow gold with enameled decoration and is expected to fetch SFr 600’000-800’000 ($ 437’956 – 437’956) (Image: PP Grand Complication); a beautiful and extremely rare 18K yellow gold moon-phase astronomical Patek Philippe dress watch with digital perpetual calendar, circa 1944, which is estimated to fetch SFr 100’000-120’000 ($72’993 – 87’591); and an extremely rare 7-Chime, Repetition Carillon Pocket Watch, circa 1935 with chimes which play an elegant version of “God save the King”. Made in 18K yellow gold, this magnificent pocket watch is estimated to fetch SFr 40’000-60’000 ($ 29’197 – 43’796).
Two exceptionally beautiful, pearl-set, quarter-repeating, center seconds, Piguet & Meylan, Geneva, musical watches, made originally for the Chinese market, will also be in the sale. One is 56mm diameter (Image: Piguet & Meylan 56mm) and the other 45mm diameter. Both are 18K gold enamel, circa 1815 and are each estimated to fetch SFr 200’000-300’000 ($ 145’985 – 218’978).
And last but not least…
A special collection of approximately 30 Polish timepieces from the 18th and 19th centuries, including rare pieces by Patek Philippe, Czapek and Gostkowski. To the best of our knowledge such a collection of early Patek Philippe’s has never before been put on the market…
The catalogue for this auction will be posted online at www.antiquorum.com approximately 2 weeks prior to the auction. Once the catalogue is available online clients may register for online bidding. After receiving a paddle and a pin number, clients have the option of placing absentee bids directly on the site, or bidding interactively on auction day. For those collectors who are simply interested in following the auction as it progresses, a live internet broadcast will take place on the same site, for which no registration is required.
Auction: Saturday 12 April & Sunday 13 April 2003
Noga Hilton, Geneva
Viewings: 9th, 10th and 11th of April
Antiquorum, 2 rue du Mont Blanc, Geneva
and 4th and 5th April
Toshi International, Yotsuya SHK Bldg., 5F,
4 Honshio-cho Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0003
Legends for images
(All images are available at www.Antiquorum.com)