Sunday, January 27, 2013



Exceptional Skeleton Watches
Offered at January Antiquorum Auction

Contemporary skeleton watches (in which the movement is visible through either the front or back of the watch) are experiencing a resurgence with the increasing popularity of intricate mechanical watches. Similarly, vintage skeleton watches, at the height of popularity in the 1970s, are again capturing the interest of collectors with fine examples appearing at auction. On January 26, Antiquorum Hong Kong is pleased to present skeleton watches from an impressive number of brands, including, Vacheron Constantin, Patek Philippe, Antonie Preziuso, Roger Dubuis, Blancpain and Audemars Piguet.

Not only do these masterful pieces exhibit the fine craftsmanship and beauty of master engravers and designers, but also the complexity that is the mechanical watch for all to admire.

“Collectors’ interests in vintage skeletonized watches have been steadily increasing, especially as brands are introducing modern versions,” said Genki Sakamoto, Watch Expert at Antiquorum Tokyo. “This is a very impressive collection of vintage skeletonized watches up for auction, with many brands represented."

Below are some highlights of the skeleton watch collection:

Antonie Preziuso, “The Art of Tourbillon”, No. 01. 18K pink gold skeletonized wristwatch with one-minute tourbillon regulator. Made in a limited edition of 10 pieces. Sold on November 11st, 2010. Very fine, elegant, large and heavy, tonneau-shaped, curved, 110 hours power reserve, and an 18K pink gold Antoine Preziuso buckle. Accompanied by a fitted collection box and certificate.

Lot 198
Estimate: HKD 600,000 – 800,000
Estimate: USD 77,000 – 100,000
Estimate: EUR 58,000 – 78,000 

Vacheron Constantin, Ref. 57100/1, extremely rare and elegant platinum pocket watch with skeletonized movement.

Lot 195
Estimate: HKD 300,000 – 400,000 
Estimate: USD 39,000 – 52,000
Estimate: EUR 30,000 – 40,000 

Patek Philippe, Ref. 918/4, ellipse-shaped skeletonized keyless dress watch. Extremely fine and rare, skeletonized, 18K yellow gold, diamond and emerald-set keyless dress watch set with a total of 109 diamonds. 0.60 carat, with an 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe long chain and cord fob. Made in 1996, sold on October 10th, 1997. Accompanied by the original fitted box, the Certificate of Origin, Extract from the Archives, and registered guarantee card and papers.

Lot 287
Estimate: HKD 300,000 – 400,000 
Estimate: USD 39,000 – 52,000
Estimate: EUR 30,000 – 40,000 

Roger Dubuis, Horloger Genevois, “Pink Gold Square –Flying Tourbillon,” No. 27/28. Very fine and rare, large, curved square, water-resistant, 18K pink gold wristwatch with one-minute flying tourbillon regulator and a 18K pink gold Roger Dubuis deployant clasp. Made circa 2005 in a limited edition of 28 examples. No. 27/28. Accompanied by a Roger Dubuis wooden box.

Lot 193
Estimate: HKD 280,000 – 380,000 
Estimate: USD 36,000 – 49,000
Estimate: EUR 27,000 – 37,000  

Vacheron Constantin, Ref. 43580, a very fine and rare 18K platinum and diamond self-winding skeletonized wristwatch with an 18K platinum and diamond Vacheron Constantin buckle. Made in 2006.  Accompanied by a box.

Lot 194
Estimate: HKD 250,000 – 350,000  
Estimate: USD 32,000 – 45,000
Estimate: EUR 24,000 – 34,000 

Audemars Piguet, Ref. BA14501, Les Oiseaux, very fine and rare 18K yellow gold and diamond self-winding skeletonized wristwatch. Made in 1990s. Accompanied by an Audemars Piguet leather fitted box.

Lot 191
Estimate: HKD 150,000 – 200,000  
Estimate: USD 20,000 – 26,000
Estimate: EUR 15,000 – 20,000 

Audemars Piguet, very fine and elegant 18K yellow gold self-winding skeletonized wristwatch, with an 18K yellow gold Audemars Piguet buckle. Made in 1980s.

Lot 190
Estimate: HKD 80,000 – 120,000 
Estimate: USD 10,300 – 15,500
Estimate: EUR 8,000 – 12,000 

Blancpain “Villeret” No. 80, very fine and elegant platinum skeletonized wristwatch with a platinum Blancpain buckle. Made in 1990s. Accompanied by a fitted box and guarantee (blank).

Lot 192
Estimate: HKD 50,000 – 70,000
Estimate: USD 6,500 – 9,000
Estimate: EUR 50,000 – 70,000 

About Antiquorum: Established in Geneva in 1974, Antiquorum has carved its own unparalleled niche in the auction world through its focused expertise in horology and by cultivating a thriving collector’s market for timepieces worldwide. The world’s premier auctioneer of fine modern and vintage timepieces has set world records for auction sales and holds approximately ten auctions a year in Geneva, New York and Hong Kong, with previews held in major cities worldwide. Antiquorum maintains offices in Beijing, London, Milan, Munich, Moscow, Paris, Shanghai and Tokyo.

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