Cornes de Vache sold at auction today

for the "bargain" price of $40,000 at Christie's New York, although a trip to the spa was in order.  A Saltarello went for $10,625 and a $20 gold coin with skeletonized movement for $17,500.  Prices include buyer's premium.

Cornes de Vache

Re: Cornes de Vache sold at auction today
06/12/2014 - 04:28

I would say maybe not the best time of the year to auction higher end pieces, but then again I can be wrong.

Re: Re: Cornes de Vache sold at auction today
06/12/2014 - 14:52

Except for the occasion rare piece, many of the simpler Vc's don't do that well....great for buyer's, not too good fo rsellers. It's been like that for a few years now.

It just takes 2 who want the watch to bid it up to a high price.

I placed a bid for the skeleton coin watch
06/12/2014 - 05:42

I knew my bid was low (but within the already low estimated range), but just wanted to see if luck was with wasn't sad


I know Alex is a BIG fan of the Cornes de Vache, (Alex, did you bid?)


I hope at least some of the winners are Loungers and will post pics of their new beauties for us over time.


BR, Dan

My understanding was that there was a problem with the case back. Good news is
06/12/2014 - 11:27

that the watch went to a Lounger yes



I'm happy for the buyer
06/14/2014 - 15:54

but the previous owner only saw $26k after seller's premium is knocked off the hammer price surprise.  Condition is everything so I take a lesson from this not to defer a needed restoration if one wishes to retain value.  Not this piece, but I was tracing the history of another Cornes de Vaches which changed hands multiple times over a decade, and not one of the owners restored the piece from a rather lackluster condition rating of 3.  No coincidence the price dropped with every auction...

Case back all ok
07/02/2014 - 16:38

Hi guys, indeed, a lounger bought! 

I just received the watch today, that was a wait.... and the watch is in much better shape than I remember when I saw it at th auction. The crystal needs replacing but the rest is pretty much in good condition. I thought there was a problem with the case back at the time, but actually I was the problem, in that I thought it was a snap on back and not screwed much about my small collection on VC getting together.  I will send the watch to get a nice spa treatement.

I know you will want pictures, but I am rubbish with cameras. Actually, does someone know a good macro photographer in Hong Kong?

Re: I placed a bid for the skeleton coin watch
06/12/2014 - 14:54

Hi Dan,

I too thought about bidding but that model wasn't on my priority list, so I deferred.

ut I did have a watch delivered to me in Dresden that I bought before I left Canada. It was a VC and on my "must-have" list..

So I'm happy about that!



What a tease Joseph!
06/12/2014 - 19:11

Please, do tell us wha this new watch is!  There will always be more time later for a proper introduction with photos!

Sorry, mon ami
06/12/2014 - 22:57

I am in Paris recovering from all that German food!

Just kidding....the food was great but I really do love Paris.

It will have to wait a few days but it will be worth the wait (It was for me).

Nothing complicated but still lovely.



I hear your thoughts
06/16/2014 - 09:03

a french guy who spent 18 years not far from the sea and loving the seafood, living now in southeast Germany...

You mean in Bavaria?! (LOL)
06/16/2014 - 21:05