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Vente Antiquorum Genève, CHF 8.833 million et des lots d’exception

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Beau-Rivage Genève, les 5 et 6 novembre 2022. Les experts d’Antiquorum, fondée à Genève en 1974 et pionnière de la vente de montres-bracelets aux enchères, ont rassemblé une sélection de 481 lots. Trois lots majeurs donnèrent le tempo la première journée: les lots 160, 168 et 200.

Une sélection de Shaniah Asha Gibson / @TRP, Public Relations Cabinet
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Antiquorum est fier de raconter l’histoire d’un homme exceptionnel avec le Lot 160 Rolex, Réf. 16030, Datejust, montre personnelle de l’ancien Haut-Commissaire aux droits de l’homme Sergio Viera de Mello, acier. Estimation: CHF 20,000-40,000.

Sergio Vieira de Mello (1948-2003) était un diplomate brésilien. Il a notamment été le principal initiateur du plan qui a mis fin à l’exode des « boat people » vietnamiens, qui quittaient encore le Vietnam dix ans après la fin des hostilités. Il a également organisé le rapatriement de 370’000 Cambodgiens dans leurs villages en juin 1993. En septembre 2002, Sergio a été nommé par le Secrétaire Général, Kofi Annan, comme Haut Commissaire aux Droits de l’Homme. Alors qu’il servait en tant que Représentant Spécial d’Annan, il fut tragiquement tué à Bagdad, dans une attaque terroriste. Sa vie et son travail exceptionnels ont contribué à sauver des milliers de vies et cette montre porte toujours une part de son héritage – un lot enrichit par une lettre d’authenticité de son épouse.

Lot 168 A. Lange & Söhne, Réf. 151.025, Lange 1, bracelet intégré en platine, platine. Estimation: CHF 35’000-55’000.

Depuis l’introduction de la Lange 1, ce modèle est devenu le visage de A. Lange & Söhne et ce à juste titre. Achetée neuve par le propriétaire actuel en 2006, cette Lange 1 en platine possède le très rare et très fin bracelet Wellendorf en platine intégré, qui ajoute une toute nouvelle dimension et une nouvelle apparence à la Lange 1 classique. Selon la correspondance avec la manufacture, moins de 50 montres de ce modèle ont été produites. C’est la première fois que nous proposons aux enchères une version entièrement en platine. Nul doute que cette pepite sera remarqué par les aficionados de la marque.

La première journée s’est terminée par la mise aux enchères de l’exceptionnel l0t 200 Patek Philippe, Réf. 1463, cadran bicolore, chiffres Breguet appliqués, acier. Estimation: CHF 300’000 – CHF 500’000.

Introduite en 1940, la réf. 1463 est le premier chronographe entièrement étanche produit par Patek Philippe. Vendu en février 1951, ce chronographe en acier d’un très beau design est extrêmement fin et rare, surtout avec ses chiffres Breguet en applique d’origine selon son extrait d’archives.

Cette première session a présenté également des lots atypiques qu’Antiquorum a souhaité mettre en avant:

LOT 34 TISSOT, OVERSIZE CHRONOGRAPH, BLACK GILT DIAL, STEEL. Estimation CHF 10,000 – CHF 20,000.
This heart-stopper early chronograph is considered to be one of the most desirable versions ever made by the firm with its large 38mm snap-back case, round pushers and a wonderful black multi-coloured dial reminiscent of the 33.3mm Omega chronographs.
LOT 62 URWERK, REF. 102-38, PROTOTYPE NO. 01, ALUMINIUM AND PLATINUM. Estimation CHF 25,000 – CHF 45,000.
Urwerk brand has accomplished a meteoric rise in independent watchmaking with its distinctive design and ingenious mechanism creating demand for its unusual pieces. Collectors will certainly keep an eye on this prototype, not to be confused with the later very small production series. This model was the first prototype of the model and features on the caseback simply the number 1. Emails with the manufacture reveals that in fact only between 5 and 10 pieces were ever made of this series with and aluminum/platinum case too difficult to maintain in production. On Sunday 6th of November, Antiquorum auctioneers will roll out 281 major lots, an impressive selection of historical antique timekeepers and highly appealing vintage and contemporary watches.
LOT 328 PATEK PHILIPPE POCKET WATCH. Estimation CHF 100,000 – CHF 200,000.
This pocket watch in 18K yellow gold is reminiscent of an old tradition, the presentation watch. A presentation watch is a watch offered by, or on its behalf, a ruler / leader (Emperor, King, President, Prime Minister, Company Director, etc.) as an acknowledgment or gesture of gratitude to a third party. This pocket watch was offered in July 1939 to the President of Portugal, António Óscar de Fragoso Carmona by the Mozambique Company. The mechanism, a treasure from 1919, boasts seven horological complications, was assembled in a delicate case made by Emile Vichet in Geneva. Definitely a historical timekeeper that a wise connoisseur will cherish in its collection.
LOT 350 FRÈRES ROCHAT CAGE INCORPORATING A SINGINGBIRD; GILDED METAL, HUMMINGBIRD FEATHERS, ENAMEL, TURQUOISE. Estimation CHF 30,000 – CHF 50,000.
A treat to see and listen to, the singing birds never leave our senses indifferent. How these mechanisms are conceived and crafted belongs to a long tradition almost gone today. Frères Rochat mastered this art and supplied Jaquet Droz and Leschot in the late 18th century. Antiquorum gives the opportunity to acquire a beautiful example from 1830-1835, an exciting bidding moment of the auction to follow. The auction will also put up for bid two gorgeous Royal Oak references from Audemars Piguet—a design that has gotten a lot of press for its 50th anniversary this year.
LOT 449 AUDEMARS PIGUET, REF. 5402BA, ROYAL OAK JUMBO, NO. 118, YELLOW GOLD. Estimation CHF 120,000 – CHF 180,000.
Property of a Swiss gentleman, this model in gold is a real rarity produced only in a few hundred pieces. Furthermore, the AP logo at 6 o’clock means that the present watch is part of the first batch ever produced in 18K yellow gold. To cap it all off, the watch is in excellent condition, a case with sharp edges, a well-preserved bracelet and a perfect bezel.
LOT 450 AUDEMARS PIGUET REF. BA 14802-944, ROYAL OAK, LIMITED EDITION 0005/1000 GOLD. Estimation CHF 130,000 – CHF 230,000.
Launched in 1992, the Jubilee Royal Oak was created in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the first Jumbo Royal Oak reference 5402 launched in 1972. Reference 14802 were made in total of 1000 pieces with 287 in yellow gold (with 4 dial variations). This present example, number 0005/1000, is in new condition with a beautiful champagne dial and crisp hallmarks. No surprise if these two lots create a lot of bidding interactions during the sale. Rolex timekeepers are always in great demand and several attractive and sought-after references will be presented during the sale among them, the timeless LOT 470.
LOT 470 ROLEX, REF. 6263, OYSTER SOTTO PAUL NEWMAN, STEEL. Estimation CHF 350,000 – CHF 500,000.
Known to collectors as the Oyster Sotto (meaning under Oyster) for the unusual dial configuration of having the word Oyster placed underneath the word Cosmograph. Featuring its original Mark 1.5 pushers known as millerighe, its case in excellent condition as well as an untouched original dial with all lume dots present. Never offered at auction before, this is an extremely rare opportunity to acquire one of the rarest Paul Newman configurations ever made, one of the first examples of a screw-down Paul Newman Daytonas produced. As of today, there have been less than 10 examples known in this configuration and is, without the doubt, the grail for any Rolex collector. Today, F.P. Journe is a regular in the auction world, with Antiquorum highlighting two interesting pieces from the independent brand.
LOT 474 F.P. JOURNE, OCTA AUTO LUNE, NO. 001, PLATINUM. Estimation CHF 130,000 – CHF 230,000.
Close to new condition and serial 001 this kind of watch appears once in a blue moon; this is for sure something the owner will appreciate on its wrist, with the moon-phase indication.
LOT 475 F.P. JOURNE, CENTIGRAPHE SPORT TITANIUM. Estimation CHF 80,000 – CHF 120,000.
This titanium watch with an aluminum movement is extremely light, its hand-wound mechanical movement indicates elapsed times from a 100th of a second to 10 minutes; a feat patented by the brand. The conclusion of the auction will have the bidders holding their breath until the end with the last three lots.
LOT 479 A. LANGE & SOHNE, REF. 815.031, DATOGRAPH, BAGUETTE DIAMOND BEZEL, NO. 7/20, PINK GOLD. Estimation CHF 120,000 – CHF 180,000.
Offered for the first time at auction, this model combines the best of two worlds: the watchmaking craftmanship of A. Lange & Söhne and the beauty of 4.5 carats worth of white diamond set on the bezel. The serial 7 out of 20 is the perfect thrill for a lucky collector. Highly in demand since its introduction, LOT 480 PATEK PHILIPPE, REF. 5711, NAUTILUS, GREEN DIAL, STEEL (Estimation CHF 300,000 – CHF 500,000) will be on the radar for many watch collectors since it is probably one of the hardest references to get and the most in demand watch on the current market. Delivered with its original fitted box, certificate of origin, instruction booklet and hang tag.
To conclude the sale, Antiquorum couldn’t miss the ROLEX, REF. 6541, “PINK” MILGAUSS in steel and, even though the auction catalog was already printed, the experts decided to integrate this 481st lot.
From circa 1958, the iconic anti-magnetic wristwatch, estimated between CHF 100,000 – CHF 200,000, is a superb example of this highly coveted reference created on the demand of scientists and engineers working in magnetic environments. Two days sure to be filled with intense bidding wars, collectors (and the auctioneers) await with bated breath for this first weekend of November.

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