some interesting watches for sale at the Geneva May auctions

Antiquorum May 10-11

An impressive collection of modern timepieces belonging to one person! There are many regular production VCs from the Overseas models to Toledo 1952, Malte CXhronograph etc... However there are 2 firsts: the first time a model from the Excellence Platine collection (here a Patrimony Contemporaine manual wind) as well as one of the rare 250th anniversary pieces (here the Saint Gervais) are being offered for sale! I mention rare 250th anniversary pieces as the Jubilé 1755 being made in 1755 pieces I can't really call them "rare" (but doesn't mean they're not collectible)

Lot 4: Patrimony Contemporaine Excellence Platine:  No. 22/150, movement Made in a limited edition of 150 pieces in 2006 as part of the “Collection Excellence Platine”.  Estimate:CHF 8,000 - 12,000 (EUR 5,000 - 7,500) (USD 8,000 - 12,000)

some interesting watches for sale at the Geneva May auctions

Lot 74  Saint-Gervais :No. 15/55,  Made to mark the occasion of the Quarter Millennium of Vacheron Constantin in 2005. Extremely fine, rare and important, water-resistant platinum wristwatch with 250-hour autonomy and powerreserve indication in 2 sectors, visible one-minute tourbillon regulator, perpetual calendar, leap year indication and white and silver guilloché dial Estimate: CHF 350,000 CHF - 450,000 (EUR 220,000 - 285,000) (USD 350,000 - 450,000)

some interesting watches for sale at the Geneva May auctions

Lot 341 Jubilé 1755  in yellow gold :Estimate: CHF 25,000 - 35,000 (EUR 16,000 - 22,000) (USD 25,000 - 35,000) limited to 500 pieces.

some interesting watches for sale at the Geneva May auctions

Sotheby’s May 11 Geneva

Lot 15: Chronographe Historique in YG  Estimated ate CHF10,000—15,000

some interesting watches for sale at the Geneva May auctions


Lot 16 :Chronographe Historique in plat salmon dial Estimated at CHF 10,000—15,000

LOT 97 Ref 4218: Stainless steel wristwatch circa 1953  Estimated at CHF8,000—10,000 

some interesting watches for sale at the Geneva May auctions

LOT 102: A RARE CURVED RECTANGULAR PLATINUM WRISTWATCH circa 1928 42mm length Estimated at CHF15,000—20,000

some interesting watches for sale at the Geneva May auctions

Lot 103: Cioccolatone (manual wind, YG, mesh bracelet)  Estimated at CHF 12,000—15,000

some interesting watches for sale at the Geneva May auctions

LOT 104: Yellow gold chronograph circa 1945 Estimated at CHF 20,000—30,000

some interesting watches for sale at the Geneva May auctions


Lot 107 Ref 4072:  RG chronograph with rare pulsations, respirations and tachometer indication dial. Circa 1945  Estimated at CHF30,000—40,000. A dial with pulsations is rare, combined with respirations is even more rare and this is the 1st time I'm seing one with a tachometer as well!

 some interesting watches for sale at the Geneva May auctions 

Christies May 12

Lot 205 ref 4072: 18K pink gold chronograph wristwatch with two-tone pink dial and pulsometer circa 1947 Estimate CHF25,000 - 35,000 ($24,962 - $34,947)

some interesting watches for sale at the Geneva May auctions

Lot 228 Malte perpetual Calendar Chrono (YG). Estimated at CHF30,000 - 40,000 ($29,954 - $39,939)

some interesting watches for sale at the Geneva May auctions


Lot 277 Malte perpetual calendar retrograde (PG) Estimated at CHF20,000 -25,000 ($19,970 - $24,962)

 some interesting watches for sale at the Geneva May auctions

Wow, some rare & breathtaking pieces...
05/05/2008 - 14:32

and reasonably priced at that. Saint-Gervais and Lin's Chronographe Historique in plat salmon dial , also Cioccolatone & Patrimony Contemporaine Excellence Platine are all in my VC book. Lot 107 Ref 4072 is amazing and rare as well... Wish I had the means  

The high estimates will probably be exceeded or even doubled in some cases.

Don't forget... auctions
05/05/2008 - 14:54

There's also a PG Malte tourbillon.

I think the estimate was $60000-$90000.

Very nice piece!

Regards,

Joseph

Re: Don't forget... auctions
05/05/2008 - 15:08

Also Dr. Crott a german auction site has some lovely vintage chrono's going under the hammer I think on the 17th

Re: Re: Don't forget... auctions
05/05/2008 - 16:43

Hello,

does not Vacheron lot Nr 485 look familiar ?

have a great day !

485? (nt)
05/05/2008 - 16:51

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I went to the Antiquorum preview
05/05/2008 - 15:14

and must say the dial on the patrimony contemporine excellence platine is beautiful in it's simplicity

in the flesh scans of the Patrimony Contemporaine Excellence
05/05/2008 - 15:34

Platine

Scans taked at SIHH 2006

the Antiquorum auction will be a real test of the attraction of LE
05/05/2008 - 16:30

modern VCs

I'll take lot 205, please.
05/05/2008 - 18:24

Thank you!

Regards,

Tony C.

Ref 4072, if a were a rich man......
05/05/2008 - 22:40

wow, it's got all that a doc could wish, but not the shape

If the two last perpetuals falls in the estimates,

those must be the bargains in years 

Cheers

Doc

Other than a whopping 25% buyers premium...
05/06/2008 - 19:22

are there any other charges or fees to be aware of with Swiss auctions?

Antiquorum's buyer premium is 20%and Christie's and Sotheby's are
05/06/2008 - 19:28

25%. You then have to pay 7.5% Swiss VAT unless you have the watch shipped to your country where you will be exempt of Swiss VAT but have to pay custom duties (if applicable)!!

Re: Antiquorum's buyer premium is 20%and Christie's and Sotheby's are
05/06/2008 - 20:33

Those premiums of course apply regardless of where the auctions are held, Geneva, Hong Kong, New York.

And I can tell you from personal experience that 20% is bad enough. But 25% is really hard to stomach and has definitely been a factor in my considering whether to bid or not. I don't know why Sotheby's and Christies is 25% but they are not primarily watch auction houses. Their condition reports can sometimes be pretty appalling too (Lack of information, not that the watch is appalling! LOL).

But if its really something you want and have been looking for it may be the only option available.

I know people buy at auction as well as on ebay and then the same watch appears a few week later for sale on a watch forum, with the price jacked up by several thousands. What a world! What a world!

JB

Have I written this post ?
05/06/2008 - 22:01

Doc

Some are very pretty pieces,
05/07/2008 - 10:34

but as Joseph said, you have really to care about the additionnal 25% + VAT!, which could bring the watch at high levels!

The lot 107 seems with original dial, nevertheless it's a bit busy dial.

Moreover, I find estimates quite low for some lots, and I hope they will overtake them...