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Christie's Rare Watches Auction

Christie's Rare Watches Auction

Christie's begins its international tour for the upcoming Autumn edition of their Rare Watches auction scheduled for the 12th of November in Geneva. The auction will be showcasing 234 unique watches spanning across the late 18th century to the present day timeline. Many of the timepieces have been consigned by private collectors, are fresh to the market and have an estimate to go as high as CHF 2,000,000. Highlights below.

This 2499, fresh to the market, was purchased by the late father of the present owners in the early 1960s in Caracas, Venezuela. It is distinguished by its 37.6mm Wenger case (indicated by the key symbol numbered 1 to the inside of the snap on back), the SERPICO Y LAINO, CARACAS signature to the combined date and moon phases dial, and the superb condition it is in. No other ref. 2499, all four series combined, retailed by Patek Philippe’s celebrated representative in Venezuela is known to exist till date, other than this one.

Patek Philippe, ref 2499, estimate CHF1,500,000-2,500,000.jpg

Made in 1959, this watch has been consigned by the family of the original owner who have kept it in very good condition. It's available with all the paperwork and certificate. This timepiece is one of the firm's rarest perpetual calendars.

Patek Philippe, ref 2438-1, estimate CHF280,000-450,000.jpg

Featuring an Mk I dial, this stainless steel Panda has been consigned by the family of the original owner.

Rolex, ref 6263, estimate CHF300,000-500,000.jpg

A rare cloisonné enamel dial is a highlight from the Rolex lots. This unique reference has been consigned by a private collector.

Rolex Neptune ref. 8382

A rare pink-gold Rolex world time watch with a Louis Cottier system, circa 1945, it's one of the only three known to exist till date.

Rolex, World Time Watch, estimate CHF85,000-125,000.jpg

Hailing from the property of the late Claude Nobs, founder of the famous Montreux Jazz Festival, this Patek Philippe enamel watch entitled “Apollon et Issé” is decorated with a unique enamel painting after François Boucher created by master enamellist G. Menni in 1985, who worked for Patek Philippe on several commissioned pieces throughout the 80s. Accompanying the watch is a unique gold and enamel Patek Philippe watch stand named “Le Lion” with an impressive gold weight of over 1 kilo. This ensemble was part of the interior of Nobs’ mystique chalet “Le Picotin” and admired by countless musicians and artists he entertained over decades

Patek Philippe, Apollon et Issé, estimate CHF150,000-250,000.jpg

With nine complications, including a minute repeating perpetual calendar as well as a split seconds chronograph, this pocket watch was gifted to Mr. Chrysler by his friend and business partner James C. Brady, owner of Maxwell Motor Company in 1922.

Audemars Piguet, Chrysler's pocket watch, estimate CHF100,000-200,000.jpg

The Breguet no. 3105 has been consigned by a descendant of the watches original owner, the second Earl of Lucan. The watch is an extremely fine and important, possibly unique, minute repeating on gong and quarters à toc, jump-hour watch with equation of time chart.

Breguet, no.3105, estimate CHF50,000-100,000.jpg

A world-first combination of complications, this is the only wristwatch to feature a tourbillon with single button chronograph, retrograde date and retrograde GMT and rolling days of the week and moon phase displays. This is the first of eleven limited editions and is designed by Christophe Claret and Peter Speake-Marin.

Maitres du Temps, Chapter ONE, estimate CHF70,000-100,000.jpg

A 50-piece limited edition, this is the only mechanical watch with a music function that provides four tunes on four separate musical discs. These are W.A. Mozart - The Magic Flute (Glockenspiel), J. Pachelbel – Canon, J. Brahms - Hungarian Dance No.1, and Vivaldi - The Four Seasons (Spring).

Mermod Frères, four-disc musical box, estimate CHF20,000-40,000.jpg

Thomas Prescher Tourbillon This is the first Thomas Prescher Tourbillon to be offered at public auction. Consigned by the original owner, the watch features a triple axis flying tourbillon with a constant force mechanism. It is also the first wristwatch to feature a constant force mechanism within the tourbillon carriage itself.

Thomas Prescher, tourbillon, estimate CHF150,000-250,000.jpg
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