Regardless of all the politics going on within Antiquorum, which the press is having a great time talking about, and which I don’t want to get into, those who though Antiquorum was dead and buried are wrong.
Maybe Antiquorum has not been offering for sale multi million dollar steel Patek perpetual calendars but they sure have a fine number of rare Vacheron Constantin watches for sale at the June 7 Hong Kong auction. Among them are 3 ultra rare watches which to the best of my knowledge have never appeared at auction before:
Lot 52: Malte Chronograph Excellence Platine: part of the 1st set of the Excellence Platine collection launched in 2006 this platinum chronograph which features a platinum dial is n°7 of a total of 75 made.
Estimate: HKD180,000 - 230,000 / $23,000- 30,000 / €14,000 - 18,000
Lot 66 : Malte Tonneau Chronograph : I had never seen this version in rose gold with grey guilloché dial. Made in 50 pieces in 2005.
Estimate: HKD 100,000 - 130,000 / $13,000 - 17,000 / €8,000 - 10,000
Lot 401 Steel Malte Tourbillon: The crème de la crème and one which I would definitely have bid on had money grown on trees. The drop dead gorgeous Malte tourbillon in steel, black guilloche dial with rose gold indexes and hands. Made in 10 pieces in 2006 for and in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the historical Geneva boutique.
Estimate: HKD 700,000 - 850,000 / $90,000 - 110,000 / €56,000 - 70,000