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A private collection of modern timepieces highlights Sotheby's New York Auction of Important Watches
Audemars Piguet. A Limited Edition Oversized Stainless Steel Automatic Chronograph Wristwatch with Registers Case. G02878 No 182/960 Royal Oak Offshore Shaquille O'Neal, circa 2008. Estimate $15/25,000. Photo: Sotheby's.
NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s upcoming New York auction of Important Watches on 10 December 2013 will feature a collection of timepieces assembled by a single collector with a thoroughly modern and masculine aesthetic. The focused selection of 55 pieces comprises rare and limited series wristwatches, many featuring complications, by famed makers such as Audemars Piguet, Panerai and IWC, among others. The collection and full auction are on exhibition in Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries.


F.P. Journe
A Fine and Rare Platinum Tourbillon Wristwatch with
Constant Force Remontoire and Power Reserve
No. 212/03T Tourbillon Souverain D'egalité, circa 2004
Estimate $60/80,000

The present example is one of five in the collection featuring a tourbillons, demonstrating the collector’s strong interest in complicated horological movements. Launched in 1999, the Tourbillon Souverain d'Egalité marked the first usage of a constant force remontoire in a wristwatch. The combination of both remontoire and tourbillon is a testimony to F. P. Journe's cutting-edge technical genius in the creation of complicated modern wristwatches firmly rooted in horological tradition.

Audemars Piguet
A Limited Edition Oversized Stainless Steel
Automatic Chronograph Wristwatch with Registers Case
G02878 No 182/960 Royal Oak Offshore Shaquille O'Neal,
circa 2008
Estimate $15/25,000

This limited edition Royal Oak Offshore chronograph was designed in collaboration with American basketball player Shaquille O'Neal. His jersey number, 32, is reflected on the dial by the red numerals 3 and 2. The watch is complemented by a basketball-form presentation box. Upon its release, this model was an immediate classic, beloved by basketball enthusiasts and watch collectors alike.

A Limited Edition Stainless Steel Wristwatch
With 8-Day Power Reserve
Pam00203 Op6624 No H131/150 Luminor 1950, Made in 2005
Estimate $70/90,000

The highlight of the fine Panerai wristwatches on offer from the collection is the PAM 203, an important 8-Day wristwatch made in just 150 examples. This model is highly sought after by collectors of rare Panerai models.

Audemars Piguet
A Fine and Rare Limited Edition Forged Carbon Tonneau-Form
Automatic Chronograph Wristwatch with Regatta Countdown
No 185/1300 Royal Oak Offshore Team Alinghi Carbon Edition,
circa 2010
Estimate $20/30,000

Audemars Piguet launched the Royal Oak Offshore Alinghi Chronograph in 2007, celebrating the anniversary of the victory of the Swiss yachting team, Alinghi. Forged carbon was the chosen innovative material for this exceptional timepiece – as a result, the case of the watch weighs only 100 grams. This watch was produced in a limited series of 1300 pieces, of which the present example is number 185.

A Fine and Very Rare Limited Edition Platinum Split Seconds
Cushion-Form Chronograph Wristwatch with Registers and Tachometer
PAM00158 No F05/10 Radiomir Rattrapante, circa 2003
Estimate $30/50,000

The PAM00158 was created as an extremely limited edition of 10 pieces containing a Venus split second movement.

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