HONG KONG.- Sotheby's
Hong Kong Important Watches Autumn Sale 2013 will take place on 8 October at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. In celebration of Sothebys 40th anniversary in Asia, the sale will bring together the finest and rarest of modern timepieces from established manufacturers such as Patek Philippe, as well as creations of independent watchmakers including Richard Milles Rafael Nadal tourbillon made for the tennis player, many of them never seen before at auction. The sale will also highlight Magnificent Clocks From An Important Private Collection Part II, highly anticipated following the huge success in April 2013 that saw 22 clocks achieve HK$124 million / US$15.9 million. Offering approximately 500 lots, the sale is estimated to achieve in excess of HK$112 million / US$14 million* the highest pre-sale estimate of the category at Sothebys Hong Kong.
Charles Tearle, Head of Watches, Sothebys Asia, says, Following the overwhelming success in April 2013, Sothebys Watches department continues to see growth within Asia as is evident in the upcoming October auction offering approximately 500 watches and clocks. It is always a pleasure for us to bring fresh-to-the-market watches to the auction scene and within this sale we have numerous such examples including, from Patek Philippe, two bejewelled grand complication wristwatches, a unique and very fine enamel pocket watch, as well as a 10-day tourbillon wristwatch with custom-ordered dial. Independent watchmaking is represented in this sale by very important tourbillon watches from renowned designer Richard Mille, arguably the most significant models he has created. We are particularly delighted to offer the second part of Magnificent Clocks From An Important Private Collection, which took the market by storm last season. We believe this diverse array of fresh and important timepieces will offer an excellent buying opportunity for collectors worldwide.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SALE
PATEK PHILIPPE GRAND COMPLICATIONS DEBUTING AT AUCTION
PATEK PHILIPPE, A Very Fine, Rare And Important Platinum And Diamond-Set
Automatic Minute Repeating Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch With Cathedral Gongs, Moon-Phases And Leap Year Indicators, Circa 2013, Ref. 5073P (Est. HK$5.5 6 million / US$710,000-840,000)
This is the first time a Patek Philippe Ref. 5073 has appeared at auction. Available only in platinum, the Ref. 5073 features the same complications as a Ref. 5074P yet is set with baguette diamonds to a striking effect. Like the Ref. 5074, revered for the sublime tones of its repeater, the Ref. 5073 with its Cathedral gongs faithfully chimes the hours, quarters and minutes with perfect clarity.
PATEK PHILIPPE, A Very Fine And Rare White Gold And Diamond-Set
Automatic Astronomical Calendar Wristwatch With Sky Chart, Phases And Position Of The Moon And Time Of Meridian Passage Of Sirius And The Moon, 2011, Ref. 6104G (Est. HK$2.2 2.7 million / US$280,000 350,000)
Fresh to the auction market, the Patek Philippe Ref. 6104G, Celestial with Date, available only in white gold, features a sky chart with phases and positions of the moon with a date as well as a baguette diamond bezel. The 44mm-diameter case is highly unusual for Patek Philippe and gives an impressive appearance on the wrist with the diamonds adding a touch of brilliance.
PATEK PHILIPPE, A Fine And Exceptionally Rare, Possibly Unique, Platinum Rectangular Tourbillon Wristwatch With 10-Day Power Reserve Indication And Custom-Ordered Black Dial With Diamond Indexes, 2013, Ref.5101P (Est. HK$2.5 3.2 million / US$320,000-410,000)
Created as a special commission in 2013, this Patek Philippe Ref. 5101P is the only known example with a black dial, diamond indexes and red highlights, and the first with a custom-ordered dial to appear at auction. Special-order dials are only created by Patek Philippe for a very select group of long-term collectors and therefore rarely appear on the market. The discontinuation of the platinum version in 2009 and its replacement by yellow gold and pink gold versions Visually the black dial, instead of the usual salmon-coloured one, changes the look of the watch and makes the model more elegant. The 10-day tourbillon is built subtly at the back of the classic rectangular case with stepped sides and offered in contemporary proportions.
RICHARD MILLE TWO HIGHLY UNUSUAL CREATIONS
RICHARD MILLE, A Rare And Extremely Light-Weighted Limited Edition Carbon Composite Tonneau-Form Tourbillon Wristwatch, Circa 2011, RM027 Rafael Nadal, No. 16/50 (Est. HK$2.5 3.5 million / US$320,000-450,000)
Created in conjunction with and specifically for the tennis player Rafael Nadal, RM027 was the worlds lightest tourbillon wristwatch when it was launched and Nadal has been seen wearing one throughout his career since its release. With a specially created polymercarbon case and titanium movement formed only of drilled bridges, when fitted to a Velcro strap the watch, weighing a mere 23 grammes, is so light it floats on water. The RM027 was released in a limited edition of only 50 numbered examples, all of which were immediately sold. Unveiled on the wrist of Nadal at Roland Garros in 2010 - the same year Nadal achieved No. 1 ranking in the mens singles - the watch created a media frenzy as Nadal was the only highly ranked tennis star to wear a watch while playing.
RICHARD MILLE, An Exceptional Magnesium Tonneau-Form Skeletonised Tourbillon Wristwatch made in a limited edition of 38 examples, Circa 2011, RM038 (Est. HK$2.3 3.2 million / US$300,000-410,000)
Making its debut at auction, the RM038 tourbillon was created in a limited edition of only 38 numbered examples for the renowned US golfer, Bubba Watson, and specially designed to withstand the extreme G-force created when Bubba hits the ball. The RM038 is housed in a Magnesium WE54 case, an alloy usually used for construction and a novelty for watchmaking, which was chosen by the Richard Mille research and development team for its light weight, strength and resistance to distortion at extreme temperatures. The watch was released in 2011 and first seen on the wrist of Bubba Watson, who continued wearing the watch as he became the US Masters later that year.
VACHERON CONSTANTIN, An Important And Highly Complicated Pink Gold Minute Repeating Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Wristwatch, Circa 2010, Ref. 80172 Patrimony (Est. HK$3.2 4.8 million / US$410,000 620,000)
Vacheron Constantin started making multi-complication watches with repeaters as early as the late 19th century. Launched at SIHH in 2007, this Patrimony is equipped with minute repeating, perpetual calendar and tourbillon functions. Featuring the Cal.2755 movement which consists of 602 parts, this watch was the most complicated model in production at the time. The watchmakers meticulous attention to the tone and clarity of the minute repeater chime is apparent. The minute repeating mechanism includes a centripetal speed regulator which eliminates the noise interference normally experienced with pallet systems. The result is one of the clearest chimes the company has ever produced. Housed within a 44mm-diameter pink gold case, the movement is a combination of three most sought-after functions, presenting an extraordinary challenge to watchmakers and making it every connoisseurs trophy.
MAGNIFICENT CLOCKS FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTION PART II
Sothebys Hong Kong is also honoured to present Magnificent Clocks From An Important Private Collection Part II this October. Following the initial success in April with all 22 lots sold and the The Magpies Treasure Nest Clock by Patek Philippe achieving a record-setting HK$18.04 million / US$2.31 million, these stunning timepieces are set to appeal to collectors worldwide.
"Magnificent Fancy Carp And Rock Crystal Fountain Clock"
A Superb And Substantial Yellow Gold, Rock Crystal, Diamond, Ruby,
Emerald, White And Black Mother-Of-Pearl Mantel Clock
Ref. 2061, Made In 1991
Est. HK$2 3 million / US$260,000 380,000
"Glorious 24 Hour Elephant Masterpiece Globe Clock"
A Wonderful And Unique Yellow Gold, Diamond, Ruby, Emerald, Rock Crystal
And Citrine 24 Hour Rotating Globe Clock Of Exhibition Quality, Circa 1990
Est. HK$1.5 2.5 million / US$190,000 320,000
Giant Panda Clock
A Very Rare And Highly Appealing Gold, Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire,
Enamel And Obsidian Mantel Clock
Est. HK$400,000 600,000 / US$51,000 77,000