Sotheby’s upcoming auction of Important Watches in Geneva will bring together a selection of fine and rare timepieces to suit every collecting style. Highlights from the sale, to be held on Sunday, 12 November at Mandarin Oriental, Geneva, include a selection of vintage and modern watches from the most prominent brands, including Patek Philippe, Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, F.P. Journe and Richard Mille. Furthermore, a collection of Urban Jürgensen watches will be bring to auction for the first time.
Standout wristwatches by Patek Philippe include a 1974 example of the reference 3448 – the first automatic perpetual calendar ever made in series – a reference 2526 in pink gold with enamel dial and an Astronomical watch, the reference 5102G, featuring a dynamic celestial chart of the Northern Hemisphere.
“For the upcoming sale in November, we have carefully assembled a wide range of fine and rare watches to suit every collector, from the connoisseur searching for an exceptional piece, to watch lovers seeking to build on to their collection or enhance their personal style. This autumn selection includes prestigious watchmakers Patek Philippe, Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin and Cartier, as well as a remarkable collection of watches and pocket watches by Urban Jürgensen”, Mikael Wallhagen, Head of Sotheby’s Watch Department, Geneva, said.
The black satin-brushed dial is partly skeletonized to reveal the inner workings of the watch. But because they are fairly chunky, telling that the time isn’t overly hard, but legibility is not ideal. That having been said, this isn’t actually a piece where the hands are the focus. The running seconds hand for your chronograph is glowing yellow to provide contrast against the dark dial.Finally, the respective moment markers as well as the mark to the 30-minute chronograph at 3 o’clock are rendered in white and yellow to offer maximum contrast and legibility. The 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock can be exceptional since it shows the elapsed minutes using a retrograde indicator. And finally, at six o’clock is the tourbillon.The movement is where the magic all occurs. It is obviously in-house, also it is the calibre 2937. And like all luxury chronograph movements, it’s a column-wheel and lateral clutch.What’s unusual about it, though, is its two gongs. Rather than mounting the gongs to the movement plate, they’re attached to what Audemars Piguet requires a “sound board” Basically, it’s a thin membrane made of a special aluminum alloy which covers the back of the movement, held in place by screws, along with forming a water-tight seal. This clarifies how the Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie Tourbillon Chronograph watch can get a water-resistance rating of 20 meters, which may not sound like much to a casual observer, but that could not be more erroneous. The 20 meters is actually quite impressive considering the intricate construction of the watch.
- Patek Philippe – Celestial
- Vintage wristwatches
- Pocket watches
- Vacheron Constantin – Métiers d’Art “Les Masques”
- Cartier – “Rotonde”
- Richard Mille – RM 35-01 Rafael Nadal
Date of the auction:
- Sunday 12 November 2017
- Mandarin Oriental, Genève
Quai Turrettini 1, 1201 Genève
- Thursday 9 November: 10am – 6pm
- Friday 10 November: 10am – 6pm
- Saturday 11 November: 10am – 6pm