Antiquorum, Geneva's oldest watch auction house, is offering collectors more than 300 lots of timepieces this weekend at the Hotel de Paris, and the legendary Tour de l'Ile Unique by Vacheron Constantin, the only timepiece combining an 18K rose gold case and a divine black dial, is the showstopper.
This piece was “the most complicated wristwatch in the world” when created. With 834 components and more than 10,000 hours of research and development, Tour de l'Ile Unique was sold in 2005 for 1,876,250 CHF ($1,564,000).
“We are extremely pleased to be able to offer exceptional pieces representative of the entire history of watchmaking,” says Romain Réa, CEO of Antiquorum, which in 2020 opened a permanent office in Monaco by partnering with MC Luxury Auction.
Along with lots of unique Rolex, Piguet, Patek Philippe watches, bidders will find a rare limited-edition yellow gold Omega Speedmaster, produced for the celebration of Apollo XI and former owned by Adolf Brandle; a Journe 2002 platinum Octa Jour Nuit Ruthenium and a Journe 2004 platinum Octa Calendrier; and an extremely rare Daytona “Paul Newman” timepiece made for the Japanese market.
Lots can be previewed at Salle Empire on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by the live auction at 2 p.m.
Antiquorum holds around ten auctions a year in Geneva, Monaco and Hong Kong, and have a reputation for record-breaking sales, including Mahatma Gandhi’s Zenith pocket watch (accompanied by his glasses, sandals, bowl and thali) with a selling price of $2,096,000 in 2008.
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