Antiquorum Auctioneers, the world's premier auctioneers of modern and vintage timepieces, together with Mishal Kanoo, Deputy Chairman of The Kanoo Group, announced a two-day exhibition on November 1st & 2nd, 2014 at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel in Dubai to preview the highlights of the ‘Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces’ auction to be held in Geneva. The Dubai-based event will place the spotlight on the exceptional Singing Bird Cage Clock and an outstanding Patek Philippe Ref. 2499, Third Series in addition to featuring more than 200 exclusive timepieces.
Antiquorum will be hosting its ‘Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces’ auction on November 8th & 9th, 2014 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Geneva. To allow collectors to preview highlights from its impressive collection, the auctioneer is holding events in cities such as Zurich, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai and Geneva.
The top highlight of the exhibition is unquestionably the Exceptional Early & Small Singing Bird Cage Clock with Automaton Jumping Bird & Automaton Waterfall attributed to Jaquet-Droz et Leschot Geneva. Made circa 1785, this is an extremely fine and diminutive, gilded-brass, automaton singing bird clock with “jumping” early-type painted bird with automated beak, wings, tail and automaton waterfall activated at will and by the clock every three hours. Collectors will appreciate the magical jumping effect of the bird, the delicacy of workmanship in the cage’s construction as well as the “ball and claw feet” that are distinctive of the workshop Jaquet-Droz.
Another outstanding highlight of the auction is the Patek Philippe Ref. 2499, Third Series retailed by Beyer (Zurich). Made in 1980 and from the property of the original owner, this is a very fine and rare 18K gold wristwatch with round button chronograph, 30-minute register, perpetual calendar and moon phases. It is accompanied by the Extract from the Archives.
Some of the other highlights from the exclusive showcase are:
The extraordinary Blancpain 1735 Grand Complication, No. 03/30. Produced in a limited edition of 30 pieces in the 1990’s, this is a rare and important astronomic, minute-repeating wristwatch with one-minute tourbillon regulator, round-button co-axial split-seconds chronograph, register, perpetual calendar, moon phases and moon age. This outstanding timepiece is one of the most complicated wristwatches ever made and required six years of research, development and testing before it could be presented. It is offered with a fitted wooden box, loupe, setting pin, instruction annual, Blancpain collection booklet and hand-written certificate.
Patek Philippe enthusiasts will also want to bid on the Patek Philippe Ref. 5004, made in 1998. This fine and important 18K pink gold wristwatch features a split-seconds chronograph, registers, a perpetual calendar, moon phases, leap year and 24 hour indication. Accompanied by a fitted wooden box and Certificate of Origin.
Modern watch enthusiasts will be enticed by the Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 30 ° Vision. Made in 2004, this is a rare and large 18K white gold wristwatch with 30° inclined visible inner one minute tourbillon regulator, visible outer four-minutes tourbillon regulator with four minute rotation indicator, twin barrels and 72-hour power reserve. The double off-set tourbillons featured in this extraordinary timepiece continually compensate for gravity induced errors on the oscillator in all positions, allowing for superior chronometric performance. This remarkable timepiece is accompanied by the user manual/guarantee.
Also offered from Patek Philippe is the exceptional Patek Philippe Celestial, Ref. 5102, made in 2003. This is a fine and unusual 18K white gold wristwatch with meantime indication, nocturnal chart of the Northern Hemisphere, moon phases and moon orbit, time of the meridian passage of Sirius and moon. It is presented with a Certificate of Origin, leather instruction folder and booklet.
Another stand-out Patek Philippe presented in the sale is the rare Patek Philippe Ref. 5020 in pink gold, sold in 2002. Also known as the “TV watch”, this rare reference is a tonneau-shaped wristwatch with round-button chronograph, register, 24-hour indication, perpetual calendar and moon phases. Adding to its desirability, it is offered with its Original Certificate of Origin confirming its pink gold case and silver dial with Breguet numerals.
Not to be over-looked is the Patek Philippe Ref. 1463 “Without Indexes & Timing Scale” with Probably Unique Dial in Yellow Gold. Made in 1956, this is an extremely fine and probably unique 18K gold wristwatch with round button chronograph and register. Accompanied by the Extract from the Archives.
The automaton lover will be delighted by the extremely rare Isaac Daniel Piguet “The Heart,” an Exceptional Musical Watch with See-Saw Musician & Windmill Automatons. Made for the Eastern market circa 1820, this is a rare and important, musical, gold painted on enamel, pearl and turquoise-set heart-shaped quarter repeating watch with three automaton actions sea-saw, musician and windmill, activated at will.
Rolex is well represented in the sale with the much sought-after Rolex Ref. 6241 Paul Newman. Made in 1968 and from the property of an English collector, this is a very rare stainless steel wristwatch with anti-reflective black tachometer bezel, round button chronograph, registers and a Rolex Ref. 7205 stainless steel Oyster riveted bracelet. It is offered in mint condition and is accompanied by Rolex UK service warranty dated 2005 and 1987.
Antiquorum experts are also pleased to present two exceptional Patek Philippe enamel pocket watches.
Patek Philippe Reg. 866/4 Unique Watch with Enamel Miniature “The Shepard in Love” By Madame Bischoff. Made in 1972, this is a unique and exceptional, 18K yellow gold keyless dress watch with polychrome painted on enamel miniature “The Shepard In Love” signed M. Bischoff. Known as one of the great enamellists who worked for Patek Philippe along with Suzanne Rohr and J. Pellarine LeRoy, Madame Bischoff’s work shows great depth and tonality particularly in the rendering of shadows and the human form. This outstanding piece is accompanied by the Extract from the Archives.
Patek Philippe Ref. 715/8 Watch with Unique Enamel Miniature of A Peony and Flower Bouquet By J. Pellarin-Leroy
Made in 1969, this is an extremely fine and unique, 18K yellow gold keyless dress watch with exceptional polychrome painted on enamel miniature of flowers. The Extract from the Archives confirms the manufacture of this watch in 1969 and the painted enamel of flowers on the case back. Collectors will appreciate Pellarin-Leroy’s extremely well-executed flowers in beautiful pastel shades.
Also for the Rolex aficionado, Antiquorum (antiquorum.com) experts are pleased to present the Rolex Ref. 3525 Black Dial in 18K Yellow Gold. Made circa 1938, this is a very fine and rare antimagnetic, 18K yellow gold wristwatch with round-button chronograph, register, tachometer and telemeter. Purchased new in Switzerland by the father of the consignor, this example is without a doubt the nicest example of a reference 3525 to appear at auction in the last ten years.