Christie’s is hosting an exceptional luxury watches auction in Geneva, on November 12 at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues. The auction is estimated to raise US$ 16 million, with several spectacular pieces.
The top lot of the sale is an ultra-rare platinum perpetual calendar chronograph from the collection of Eric Clapton (estimate between USD 2,6 and 4,3 million). Two other extraordinary and historically important platinum Patek Philippe masterpieces will be offered. These include a unique platinum wristwatch, specially made in 1952 for the legendary collector J.B. Champion (estimate between USD 2,1 and 4,3 million), and the superb platinum chronograph wristwatch, manufactured in 1946 (estimate: USD 1 and 1,6 million). Furthermore the sale will feature one of the finest private collections of antique enamelled watches made for the Chinese market – previously unrecorded and unpublished in literature. Christie’s is also particularly honoured to present A Gentleman’s Pursuit for Excellence, Part I, a phenomenal single-owner collection featuring more than twenty complicated Patek Philippe wrist and pocket watches, to be offered in Geneva at various sales in 2012 and 2013.
All Patek Philippe, all hyper-rare platinum examples, all of impeccable provenance, the three top lots from Christie’s Geneva auction of important watches are to be considered to rank amongst the top ten list of platinum Patek Philippe wristwatches to have remained in private hands. The auction will also feature A Gentleman’s Pursuit For Excellence, Part I, a superb private collection of more than twenty complicated Patek Philippe wristwatches and pocket watches, ranging from vintage classics to modern production.
A special section of the Christie’s Geneva sale features a number of extraordinary vintage Rolex wristwatches, including a superb yellow gold , one of the first Cosmograph Daytona with screw back chronograph buttons introduced to the market in the early 1970s, in close to mint condition and still retaining the original sticker on the back (estimate USD 64,622 – 86,162).
adapted from http://journal.hautehorlogerie.org