Exceptional Horological Works of Art

Exceptional results of SFr 25,531,891 ($19,489,993)!

October 11 & 12, 2003 at The Hotel Noga Hilton, Geneva

Exceptional record-breaking pieces!
An outstanding SFr 25,531,891 ($19,489,993), 128% of the estimation, was achieved from 580 lots. Typically, the Antiquorum sales room was awash with activity with bidding from the auction room floor, telephone bids, internet bids and written bids arriving fast and furiously from all around the world in a frenzied effort to top the last bid and win one of the Exceptional Horological Works of Art offered at this Antiquorum weekend sale.

Museums were well represented with both the Breguet and the Vacheron Constantin Museums battling it out against several private museums and private collectors. Breguets were much sought after by collectors and both Patek Philippe and Rolex pieces continued to make an impact in the sales room, while Vacheron Constantin firmly established itself as the rising star in the watch collecting world, with Vacheron Constantin watches breaking many world records.

 

Stars of the sale

Stars of the First Day of the Sale Have to be:

Lot 27
The Neapolitan Mandolin by Piguet & Meylan, Geneva, circa 1820 which sold for SFr 993,500 ($758,399)
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Lot 39
The Rosebud, circa 1830, an exquisite musical box in the shape of a rosebud which achieved SFr 113,500 ($86,641)
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Lot 88
Nightingale and Fledglings, FR (Frères Rochat), Geneva, circa 1814, which made an incredible SFr 1,873,500 ($1,430,153), a world record for a singing bird cage.
All of these pieces came from a single collection.
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Day Two of the Sale was Without a Doubt, the Day of the Vacheron Constantins:
Lot 134
Vacheron Constantin, Genève, made in 1914, sold for
SFr 1,103,500 ($ 842,366), making it the second most expensive Vacheron Constantin.
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Lot 157
The Breitling Masterpieces, a spectacular set of four unique pocket watches made in 2003 to commemorate a century of aviation, sold for SFr 1,010,000 ($770,992).
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Lot 558
“8-Day”, Patek Philippe & Cie, Genève, No 198443, made in 1931, sold for
SFr 883,500 ($674,427)
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Lot 559
a so-called “Paul Newman”, Rolex Daytona, Ref 6262, sold on 13 May 1970 achieved
SFr 86,000 ($65,649).
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World Records for:
Lot 27
The Neapolitan Mandolin by Piguet & Meylan, Geneva, circa 1820, sold for
SFr 993,500 ($758,399), a world record for an automaton musical mandolin watch.
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Lot 88
Nightingale and Fledglings, FR (Frères Rochat), Geneva, circa 1814, which made an incredible
SFr 1,873,500 ($1,430,153), a world record for a singing bird cage.
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Lot 114
Omega Watch Co. Geneva, made by Philippe René Jaccard, circa 1930, was a record for a Omega pocket watch at
SFr 40,250 ($30,725).
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Lot 133
Vacheron Constantin, Genève, Ref 6087, achieved
SFr 179,500 ($ 137,023) a record for a Vacheron Constantin round button chronograph.
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Lot 137
Vacheron Constantin, Genève, Ref 4178, with special dial with 3 different indications, produced and sold in 1947, sold for SFr 97,000 ($74,046).
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Lot 140
Vacheron Constantin, Genève, Ref 42161, extra flat, minute repeating gentleman’s wristwatch, made in 1955, achieved SFr 663,500 ($506,489)
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Lot 141
Vacheron Constantin, Genève, Ref 4764, circa 1948 sold for SFr 251,000 ($191,603), a world record for a carré galbé, astronomic triple date.
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Lot 145
Patek, Philippe & Cie, Genève, made for King Oscar II of Sweden, sold August 14, 1885, set a world record for a simple presentation watch at
SFr 135,500 ($103,435).
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Lot 157
The Breitling Masterpieces, a spectacular set of four unique pocket watches made in 2003 to commemorate a century of aviation, sold for SFr 1,010,000 ($770,992), a world record for Breitling.
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Lot 558
“8-Day”, Patek Philippe & Cie, Genève, made in 1931, sold for SFr 883,500 ($674,427), a world record for a Patek Philippe “8-Day”.
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Lot 559
so-called “Paul Newman”, Rolex Daytona, Ref 6262, sold on 13 May 1970 achieved SFr 86,000 ($65,649)
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Top Ten Lots:

Lot 88
Nightingale and Fledglings FR (Frères Rochat, Geneva, No. 228
SFr 1,873,500 ($1,430,153)
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Lot 134
Vacheron & Constantin, Genève, made in 1914
SFr 1,103,500 ($842,366)
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Lot 157
The Breitling Masterpieces, Breitling, Swiss, specially made in 2003

SFr 1,010,000 ($770,992)
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Lot 27
The Neapolitan Mandolin. Piguet & Meylan, Geneva, No. 4899, circa 1820
SFr 993,500 ($758,399)
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Lot 558
“8-Day” Patek, Philippe & Cie., Genève, made in 1931
SFr 883,500 ($674,427)
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Lot 87
The Nightingale, Attributed to Frères Rochat, Geneva, circa 1820
SFr 883,500 ($674,427)
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Lot 147
Patek Philippe & Cie, Genève, Ref. 1518
SFr 663,500 (506,489)
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Lot 146
Patek Philippe & Cie, Geneve, Ref. 130
SFr 663,500(506,489)
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Lot 140
Vacheron & Constantin, Genève, Ref. 42161, made in 1955
SFr 663,500 (506,489)
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Lot 92
Country Pleasures Attributed to Pierre Morand, Geneva, circa 1785
SFr 663,500 (506,489)
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The next Antiquorum auction is the Theodor Beyer Private Collection and will be held at the Hotel Baur au Lac in Zürich on Sunday 16 November 2003.

The next sale in New York is on Wednesday 3 December 2003 followed by an A-auction on-line on Thursday 4 December.

10/15/03

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