From one of the most talked about timepiece – the Audemars Piguet Royal oak Concept 'Marvel Black Panther' Flying Tourbillon to a string of iconic Gerald Genta timepieces like the Nautilus, and Royals Oaks, Christie's Hongkong is all set to present the Watches Online: The Marvelous Sale from the 24th of August to the 7th of September, 2021.
Alexandre Bigler, Vice President and Head of Watches, Christie’s Asia Pacific comments: “Following our strong first half, we are thrilled to kick off the second half of the year with a stunning online sale spanning vintage and contemporary,including the famous Audemars Piguet ‘Marvel Black Panther’. This particular example of the Royal Oak Concept “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon, Lot 46, is the first to be offered for sale at auction, a fantastic opportunity many collectors will no doubt relish. Is it necessary to remind that a one-off version of the same model, created to raise funds for two charities, First Book and Ashoka, sold for US$ 5.2 million, making it the most expensive Audemars Piguet model ever sold? Inevitably, the sale of this unique timepiece has heightened the desirability of the “Black Panther” of which only 250 were made and all sold.”
With a total of 221 lots that has an estimate of over USD 3 million, there are many watches to look forward to. Here are a few that deserves special mention:
Star of the Show – Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon
Released with a lot of fanfare in April 2021, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon made headlines immediately. This announcement also set the ball rolling for a budding partnership between the esteemed Manufacture from Le Brassus and Marvel. What set the timepiece apart was it unconvetional design details like the hand-painted white gold 3D Black Panther character and vivid purple tones.
Est. HKD 3,000,000– 5,000,000 / US$ 380,000– 650,000).
LOT 45 – Audemars Piguet Tropical Dial Royal Oak Ref. 5402ST ‘A Series’
This one has been one of the most sought after timepiece by watch collectors. Why? It features a highly desriable 'tropical' dial, the signature steel 'A Series' feature of having the AP logo positioned in the lower portion of the dial and the correct 'SWISS' text stamped below the index at 6 o' clock. This is one (843) of the 2000 examples of the 'A Series' that was released before the brand moved to making the 'B Series' making it all the more rare.
Est. HKD 400,000–800,000 / US$ 50,000– 100,000).
LOT 2 – Patek Philippe Steel Nautilus with Date Ref. 5711/1A-001.
Initially released in 1976, this rare timepiece is an iconic sports watch featuring a 40mm stainless steel case with a black.blue dial. The watch is powered by an automatic movement and it is strapped to a stainless steel bracelet. To the uninitiated, all of these rather simple features of the watch might dissuade you from giving it much importance. But if you know watches like we think you do, you will understand the gravity of finding a Nautilius from the yesteryear that is available to acquire right now.
Est. HKD 650,000 – 950,000 / US$ 85,000– 125,000).
LOT 96 – Gérald Genta Minute Repeater with Jumping Hour and Retrograde Minutes
With this timepiece, Christie's brings to the table a rare watch that pairs one of the most technically challenging complications, a minute repeater, with two indications often associated with Mr Genta, jumping hours and retrograde minutes. Presented with a green guilloché dial and platinum case with a distinctive ribbed profile, the Gérald Genta Minute Repeater with Jumping Hour and Retrograde Minutes isa timepiece that is not for the faint-hearted.
Est. HKD 400,000–800,000/ US$ 50,000– 100,000)
If you want to have a preview of the lots available for the online auction, please visit the Christie's website here.