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Sotheby's Hong Kong Important Watches Spring Sale 2013 presents magnificent clocks
Patek Philippe “Pearl From The Golden Oyster Clock”, A Magnificent And Spectacular 22K And 18K Gold, Silver, Mother-Of-Pearl, Diamond, Ruby, Emerald, Aquamarine And Rock Crystal Clock, Of Exhibition Quality, 1990, Ref. 2055, With Diamonds Totalling 42.29 Carats (Est. HK$3.5 – 5.5 million / US$450,000 – 710,000). Photo: Sotheby's.

HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s Hong Kong Spring Sales 2013 will highlight Magnificent Clocks From An Important Private Collection, to be offered in the inaugural evening session of the Important Watches sale taking place on 7 April at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Collection comprises 22 lots, all custom-made over the past 30 years by world-renowned watchmakers and jewellers namely Cartier, Daniel Roth, Gerald Genta, Asprey and, predominantly, Patek Philippe. Unique, preserved in pristine condition and fresh to the auction market, the entire Collection is estimated to achieve in excess of HK$35 million / US$4.5 million* and will be exhibited from 4 to 22 March at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery, 5th Floor, One Pacific Place, Admiralty, and from 3 to 7 April at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Tim Bourne, Worldwide Head of Watches, says, “This Spring, we will unveil hidden treasures to the world – an extraordinary collection of magnificent modern clocks by the world’s most prestigious watch and jewellery makers. Never has a collection of Patek Philippe clocks of comparable calibre appeared in the market, making this Collection extremely significant in contemporary clock design. Fresh to the market and attractively estimated, this tantalising offering will enthral worldwide collectors. These stunning works of art certainly sing a tune in many people’s hearts and they are sure to find stately homes in many parts of the world.”

Patek Philippe

While the name of Patek Philippe is synonymous with the finest watches around the world, the existence of a collection of decorative modern Patek Philippe clocks of such scale and calibre is virtually unknown to the world. The expertise, time and cost required in sourcing the precious material and making these astonishing articles in fact render them financially unviable for the company. All 13 Patek Philippe clocks offered in the Collection are specially made for one highly important collector and therefore unique. Finely crafted from precious material and beautifully designed with the most charming and auspicious natural motifs, these extremely flamboyant works of art epitomise the creative heights and impeccable craftsmanship of the most revered name in horology.

Patek Philippe “Pearl From The Golden Oyster Clock”, A Magnificent And Spectacular 22K And 18K Gold, Silver, Mother-Of-Pearl, Diamond, Ruby, Emerald, Aquamarine And Rock Crystal Clock, Of Exhibition Quality, 1990, Ref. 2055, With Diamonds Totalling 42.29 Carats (Est. HK$3.5 – 5.5 million / US$450,000 – 710,000)
The spectacular yellow gold and diamond oyster shell of impeccable textured finish opens to reveal a precious pearl. The entire curvature of the pearl and the inside of the shell are inlaid with mother-of-pearl with immaculate workmanship. The shell rests upon cascading waves of white and yellow gold, rock crystal and diamond, adorned by miniature seahorses.

Patek Philippe “Birds Of Paradise Fountain Clock”, A Magnificent And Spectacular Yellow And White Gold, Diamond, Ruby, Rock Crystal, Chrysoprase, Rose Quartz, Sodalite And Enamel Three Birds Of Paradise Fountain Clock, Of Exhibition Quality, 1991, Ref. 2050, With Diamonds Totalling 35.63 Carats (Est. HK$3 – 5 million / US$380,000 – 640,000)
Three lively birds of paradise with flamboyant plumage of gold, diamonds, rubies and enamel gather around a fountain. Water of rock crystal flows cascading through pools of rose quartz supported by gold branches with chrysoprase leaves, collecting in a splendid sodalite bowl, completing the dazzling tableau of exotic tropical dream.

Patek Philippe “The Magpie’s Treasure Nest Clock”, A Magnificent Yellow Gold, Silver, Multi-Coloured Agate, Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire, Tanzanite, Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Mother-Of-Pearl And Rock Crystal Presentation Masterpiece Clock, 1992, Ref. 2079, With Diamonds Totalling 24.95 Carats (Est. HK$3 – 5 million / US$380,000 – 640,000)
A treasure-hunting magpie – bearer of happiness in Chinese culture – of white and blackened gold adds a massive tanzanite weighing 104.75 carats to its gold “treasure nest” containing its prized collection including a pair of scissors, spectacles, thimble, ruby-set ring and enamel-capped safety pin. An amusing tableau embellished with delightful blooms of diamonds, rubies, amethyst, rose quartz and multi-coloured agate, all set upon a massive piece of natural rock crystal.

Patek Philippe “The Hummingbird Cage Clock”, A Magnificent And Stunning Yellow Gold, Diamond, Sapphire, Yellow Sapphire, Pink Tourmaline, Mother-Of-Pearl, Rose Quartz, Chalcedony And Lapis Lazuli Clock, Of Exhibition Quality, 1992, Ref. 2068, With Diamonds Totalling 47.96 Carats (Est. HK$3 – 5 million / US$380,000 – 640,000)
A gold hummingbird with feathers of diamonds, sapphires and mother-of-pearl takes off from a gold branch with flowers of blushing rose quartz and lapis lazuli and foliage of green chalcedony, flying by an open cage of gold as its equally flamboyant companion rests upon it, as if guarding inside the cage a prized clock with mother-of-pearl dial set with diamond hands and bezel.

Patek Philippe "The Royal Blue - Masterpiece Dome Clock", An Extraordinary And Majestic Baroque Style Yellow Gold, Silver, Diamond, Lapis Lazuli And Translucent Royal Blue Enamel Exhibition Quality Dome Clock, 1980, Ref. 1191 (Est. Hk$2 – 3 Million / Us$260,000 – 380,000)
The royal blue of the translucent guilloché enamel dome and lapis lazuli accents contrasts divinely with gold articles including the stylised mythical dolphins as well as the garland motifs, elegant Corinthian columns and lion’s paw feet, culminating in a Baroque-style masterpiece that is nothing short of majestic.

Cartier owes its legend partly to its classic mystery clocks and the famous bejewelled Flamingo, best represented by the Flamingo brooch formerly in the collection of the Duchess of Windsor, purchased by Collection Cartier for US$2,678,954 / HK$20,895,841 at Sotheby’s London in November 2010. Both are represented in the Collection, which includes among other pieces three mystery clocks in addition to the following Flamingo And Lotus Automaton Clock.

Cartier “Flamingo And Lotus Automaton Clock”, A Superb And Very Rare Yellow Gold, Diamond, Yellow Diamond, Sapphire, Ruby, Mother-Of-Pearl, Nephrite, Pink Hardstone, Lapis Lazuli, Onyx And Grey Hardstone Mantel Clock With Automaton, Circa 1990, With Diamonds Totalling Approximately 190 Carats And Yellow Diamonds Totalling Approximately 90 Carats (Est. HK$1.5 – 2.5 million / US$190,000 – 320,000)
Synonymous with Cartier, the Flamingo, fully set with diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds, rests gracefully on one leg, flanked by two small lotuses of pink hardstone with nephrite leaves, overlooking a lotus automaton set with diamonds and yellow diamonds, which when activated via a lapis lazuli button blooms to reveal the clock inside. All set upon an 18k yellow gold base set with onyx and grey mottled hardstone. Set with approximately 190 carats of white diamonds and 90 carats of yellow diamonds in total, the piece is truly stunning.

Cartier "The Grand Mogul Pavilion Mystery Clock", A Spectacular And Magnificent Yellow Gold, Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, White And Black Mother-Of-Pearl, Rock Crystal, Rose Quartz And Agate Mystery Clock Circa 1990 (Est. HK$1.5 – 2.5 million / US$190,000 – 320,000)
An elephant of lustrous agate, ceremoniously draped in gold, ruby and emerald, strides upon the rose quartz steps by the Grand Mogul Pavilion housing the bejewelled mystery clock. Charmingly exotic with exquisite details, this tantalising creation in dreamlike warm pastel hues reminisces of Cartier’s distinct Orientalist style from the 1920s.

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